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Mohammad Rafi was one of the greatest playback singers of India. Considered the “man with the golden voice”, Muhammad Rafi was India’s best and most versatile playback singers. He is known for singing songs of different moods and variety. His songs ranged from classical to patriotic, sad to romantic, and qawwalis to ghazals to bhajan. He was one of those rare singers whose voice would suit all actors and stars. He had the ability to become the voice of every generation. Rafi sang maximum number of duets with Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey. The government of India honored him with the Padmashree award in 1967.
Life of Muhammad Rafi:
Mohammad Rafi was born in December 24, 1924. Mohammad Rafi’s father Hajji Ali Mohammad and family lived in Kotla Sultan in Punjab. He began singing by imitating the chants of Fakir since his earlier age. He learnt classical music from Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Pandit Jiwanlal Matto and so forth. His first public performance came at the age of 13 when he sang in Lahore. Rafi was married twice. He died on July 31, 1980, following a heart attack.