Mohammed Rafi (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980) was an Indian Playback Singer who is considered as one of the greatest Indian playback singers of the Hindi film industry. In fact he is most popular singer of Bollywood as proven by all surveys. In his lifetime, he was awarded with six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. In 2001, He was honoured with the "Best Singer of the Millennium" title by Hero Honda and Stardust magazine. In 2013, He was voted as "Indian Cinema's Greatest Voice" in a poll conducted by CNN-IBN. Between 1950 and 1970, Rafi was the most sought after singer in the Hindi Film industry and sang for many male stars in Hindi films. He claimed to have recorded over 26000 songs in his singing career spanning over 35 years, however from available sources it may have been about 7405 songs. He is respected for his great singing range and versatility. He is best known for his ability to mould his voice to the persona of the actor lip-synching the song. Rafi sahab is noted for his ability to sing songs of different moods and varieties with his unique way of putting emotions into the songs His songs ranged from classical numbers to patriotic songs, sad lamentations to highly romantic numbers, qawwalis to ghazals and bhajans.
Rafi is primarily noted for his songs in Hindustani, over which he had a strong command. He sang in other Indian languages including Assamese, Konkani, Bhojpuri, Oriya, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Maghi, Maithili and Urdu. Apart from Indian languages, he also sang songs in English,Persian, spanish, and dutch.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license