Mohammed Rafi: My Abba - A Memoir
Famed music director Naushad Ali described Mohammed Rafi as India’s new ‘Tansen’. In a singing career spanning 35 years, Rafi came to be
regarded by many as the greatest playback singer the Hindi film industry has ever known. Apart from Naushad, Rafi worked with all the well-known
music directors of his time, including S D Burman, Shankar-Jaikishen, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and O P Nayyar.
He became the ‘voice’ of most of the actors across the decades – including Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan. He also playbacked for superstar Rajesh Khanna on a few occasions. It was songs like these and countless
others like 'O Duniya ke Rakhwaley' (Baiju Bawra), 'Yeh Zindagi ke Meley' (Mela), 'Naseeb Dar pe Tere Azmaney Aaya Hoon' (Deedar) and 'Shabaab pe mein zara si sharab phekoonga' (Amar Akbar Anthony), that have made Mohammed Rafi live on in the hearts of millions long after he passed away in 1980.