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Monday, February 25, 2008

Hindi Music in TamilNadu

Actor Parthiban once during some award ceremony or something talked about how Tamil girls in the 70s were enamored by anything Hindi. "They even sneezed in Hindi", he said. And then came Ilayaraaja with a bang with Annakkili and the interests and the faith of people in Tamil music were restored.

I love researching on subjects that are extremely insignificant and inconsequential. So I wanted to see if there was any truth in what Parthiban had said and if so, find out the reasons. An extremely reliable source told me that around late 60s and 70s, MSV wasn't giving as many hits as he used to before. He was on the decline. He did compose a few gems but they were very infrequent. At the same time RDBurman was on a roll. And after Rajesh Khanna broke into the scene around '69 with Aradhana (MD - SDBurman), whatever song he starred in became a hit. Amitabh's "Tere bindiyan re" and "Kaike paan banaraswala" only helped the situation. And people suddenly paid more attention to hindi music. I have to agree with this because even people who don't understand hindi or listen to hindi music know at least 2 songs from that period - Mere Sapnon ki Rani kab and Pyaar kiya to darna kya. And once they found that hindi music was better than current tamil ones, they rewound a little bit to early 60s and started listening to music from that time. Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi became popular in a state like TamilNadu suddenly. This was probably a phenomenon restricted to Chennai, I am not sure. So the unofficial starting decade of "Old Hindi" is the 60s. It stretches till late 70s or early 80s because of movies like Bobby and all. So anyone that says "I love old hindi songs" is probably talking about music that were made in these years. 80s and early 90s, forget it. IR's golden period made sure Tamil music stayed superior. With SPB, Yesudas, Janaki and Chitra, music lovers of TamilNadu stayed loyal to Tamil music industry.

Then came programs like Super Hit Muqabla that helped sustain some interest in hindi music among college goers. With the death of DD and evolution of regional channels the divide is now complete. We have no clue whats going on. Unless of course ARR comes up with some breathtaking numbers like he did in Dil Se, Taal, Lagaan etc. When you listen to songs like "You are my mind-lowing maahiya", you know why you don't listen to latest hits in hindi and you go back and reminisce the old songs and leave yourself open to sobriquets like "Perusu", "older generation", and suddenly these terms make you happy.

Thats my personal experience dear friends. I still listen to old numbers in both hindi and tamil. I've always been a big fan of Mohammed Rafi and sadly, I've never found a partner. Anybody that listens to old hindi worships Kishore. Although there is no comparison between the two, I still feel Rafi's voice had more magic than Kishore's. Even Sachin Tendulkar, a big fan of old hindi music, loves Kishore the most. No doubt Kishore was more versatile. Whenever I am cornered in a situation where majority of the people around are Kishore fans, I think about a Rafi song and feel happy about my choice. "Abhi Na Jao" from Hum Dono is one such song. Rafi is scintillating in this. If you've never heard this song, do yourself a favor, and click on the video below.


Blogger Laksh said...

Absolutely with you on this one. This time I was in bangalore I picked up some 'old' hindi songs as well :) If you haven't hear Jodha Akbar's soundtrack. Please do. A couple of songs are really good. ARR rocks!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Arun Sundar said...

"even people who don't understand hindi or listen to hindi music know at least 2 songs from that period - Mere Sapnon ki Rani kab and Pyaar kiya to darna kya"

You were talking abt me there :)

I listen to hindi only for ARR. Shankar, Ehsaan, loy are good too.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Anybody that listens to old hindi worships Kishore. Although there is no comparison between the two, I still feel Rafi's voice had more magic than Kishore's<<


You are one of the very few people that I know who likes Rafi better than Kishore. glad to find another :)

before the advent of Super Hit Muqabla, and during the slow death of DD... actually before and during... there was this great phenomenon called "Vivid Bharathi".. especially, saturday (or) sundays around 1.00pm... OMG! one of the best collections of SD, RD, OP Nayyar... of course a good mix of Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore and a lot of the others...

its been a while since I listened to that, having been out of the country for a while now. :(

good post! :)


2:24 PM  
Blogger I said...

Indhi paatu kekaradhu oru fashion aydichu. enanamo po.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Blogeswari said...

Deepz, add 2 more songs to your list. "Hum tummmmmmm yek kamre mein bandhu ho" and "Roopu tera mastana pyaar mera deevaana"
I like Rafi as a voice better than Kishore

I: You are namma katchi. It is very 'phashun' to listen to Indie saangs... My blood boils everytime I listen to 'Soniye''Kudiye''Balle Balle' etc. somehow itees very difficult for me to identify with Indiee mujic, however good iteess.. In Indiee my favourites are ARR, Shankar Mahadevan

The worsht of all peoples - All those who play Indieee antakshari in Tamizh kannala nalangus. Itees so irritating when the girlees say "Indiee saang padalam antakshari la..Tamizh saang teriyadu" Seruppus to them!

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nalla song puddicha!


10:44 AM  
Blogger ashok said...

good post

11:47 AM  
Blogger Munimma said...

of all rafi songs, my favorite is madhuban mein radhika naache re! If you have enjoyed (not just listened) this song, you can never say you like kk more.

3:56 PM  
Blogger I said...

Tamil people listen to Indhi songs, wear Indhi dresses but North Indians consider them lower caste. enna panradhu.

death to indhi.

8:27 PM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

i'd probably think kishoreda is a lot more versatile, but yes, there is no voice like rafi's.

"ehsaan tera hoga mujhpar..." is one of my favourites :)

11:46 PM  
Blogger Inder said...

death of dd... ha ha..
or, was it sucide of dd?

kishore's voice had more zest and spice

rafi's had more soul

3:09 AM  
Blogger A S MURTY said...

What a write-up and it was most refreshing to note that you are a die-hard fan of Rafi Sahab. Do get in touch with us at or my own blog or mail to me at or we have formed the Rafi Foundation at Mumbai and now recently have started in Hyderabad too. I can give your ref to our known RAFIANS out there in Chennai, i.e. if you say so or should you require their email ids, just hint it to me. Thanks for the wonderful article. A S MURTY

8:18 AM  
Blogger A S MURTY said...

ALSO MS DEEPA, please inform if you have posted any other article on Rafi Sahab on your blogs or if you have seen any other article in any other friend's blog. Please advise as I am collecting all such write-ups on Rafi Sahab from wherever I can lay my hands on and pass on to others. Can I post your articles on my blogs ?? I will only use those of Rafi Sahab and not on other topics. Thanks.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

also.. TV/DD is also a reason i think. that period regional languages didn't that many choices. most was from Delhi/Hindi. with new songs at wednesday night chitrahaar and sunday morning rangoli compares to old(rather not so new)tamil songs on fridays.

10:28 AM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

Laksh, I haven't heard JA songs yet. Will do so soon.
Arun, the MDs you mentioned are the ones that churn out good music these days (in hindi)
Thank you musicpaithiyam, hi-5.
I, good music appreciate pannardhula enna thappu?
Blogeswari, true. Worse are those who try to accommodate everyone by allowing tamil, telugu, hindi songs mix in antakshari. The result would be so sad.
Thank you Jillu. I am glad you're able to comment here now.:-)
Thanks Ashok.
Munimma, have heard that song a million times and Rafi is at his classical best there.
dharmabum, kishore is versatile for sure. "Aake seedhi lagi dil pe" song is an example. He sings in both male and female voice.
Murty, I am glad to find many rafi fans. You can link to this post but I hope you do realize that this post is not about Rafi alone even though it has his song.
Inder, I agree with you.
Yuva, Rangoli was one of the best programs on DD. Right?

11:56 AM  
Blogger Me too said...

I echo the comments of the other bloggers that Kishore's was versatile and Rafi's was soul-stirring.

Rafi's songs made even Joy Mukherjee and Biswajit my favourites(only Rajendra Kumar I felt didn't deserve his voice)!! Though almost all songs of Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor(inspite of his antics)that Rafi gave life too are my favourites, this one is special!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Lavanya said...

oh yeah...Rangoli rockz...even now I drags me out of my bed on sunday mornings....aana enna compere panravaa daan ippolaam rombavae sahikkala...but thats ok...Abt hindi songs in 2000s u r super wrong...may be u have lost touch with hindi movies...there r a lot of good songs even now...tara rum pum has good songs...laaga chunari mein daag had good songs...salaam namastey had good songs...dil chahtha hai...sollindae polaam...enna ippo tamil songs equally good or even bettera irukkardala, may be naama jaasthi kekkardilla....


10:01 PM  
Blogger A D A B R A F I said...

yes ms deepa, i have seen your articles on topics other than 'rafi sahab' and as i said earlier, i will use only those on that interest me which is Rafi Sahab. Please visit, and also. Also I have already posted your article on my two blogs : and for the bloggers out there to see. I am writing this comment from the rafi foundation (hdyerabad chapter) email id which is earlier I have given my own email id in my earlier comment. do get in touch. thanks.

10:36 AM  
Blogger A S MURTY said...

Hi Ms Deepa,

One small correction in my earlier comment. Please read the link to my rediff blog site as : and not as given earlier. my gmail blog link is correct. your article is available at both the blogs.

11:30 AM  
Blogger I said...

this mohammad rafi big savundi who is highly overrated. all thhis modern types....

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent article MS Deepa,
During not so mature days the music touches ur ears and u enjoy like KK songs....
But when it matures it not only touches ur heart but ur soul that is Rafi sahab for all of us.
Even Sahcin who started with KK liking has now started liking Rafi sahab...
Ithutna ella edathuleim ayirikku

11:17 PM  
Blogger A S MURTY said...

Hi there Ms Deepa. You have quite made it to the big league as many Rafi-fans were asking me about you. I hardly know you. But I am passing on your link to many more Rafi Sahab's fans for them to visit your blog and possibly give their comments too. Do give your email id to my own given in my earlier comments. From what I can make out from the other articles that you have posted and your other friends, I sure you are quite a young woman and have varied interests besides Rafi Sahab's songs and those of Kishore Kumar. Do visit the websites mentioned by me and also ask your friends to do that - i.e. those who are interested about Rafi Sahab and the music-era which was golden.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a Sujatha fan I take it.

Unrelated to Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore or mind-blowing maahiyas, I know...

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Music lovers,
who says Rafi is not versatile as KK?
Rafi can sing classics like in Baiju Hawra n Kohinoor.
He can sing bhajans in innumerous films n non filmi songs.He can sing without any support of any instument of music like in Lal-Quila...
He can sing kid's lullaby and the various children's songs. He can sing sad and romantic songs.He can sing comedy hits for Johny Walker,Mehmood and Shammi Kapoor ....What about his patriotic songs?
He has sung Ghazals,quavalis and many islamic devtional songs....
Yo he has yoddled also...
This itself is the versatility of any artiste. Rafi has sung more hits than all the male singers put together...
Please, Iam not starting any contraversy but an humble answer to those who say any other singer is more versatile than Rafi..
Rafi has also playbacked for Gemini Ganeshan,N.T.R.,Shivaji and M.G.R in the telugu(NTR) and others for hindi dubbed films.
Ithellam indha kalluthu youngsters ke theriyadhu

1:33 AM  
Blogger samir said...

I think rafi is the most versatile singer in this world not only india.

9:19 AM  
Blogger A S MURTY said...

Hello there Anonymous person (male?, female??). I would have addressed you as Sahab or Madam, had I known you. Anyway, that was a great comment on Rafi Sahab. "Rafi has sung more hits than all the male singers put together" wow!! what a confident statement and it is the truth too. thanks.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Zulu said...

Nice Article

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you want to talk about versatility:

Yeh Mere Prem Patra
Teri Pyari Surat Ko
Chalke Teri Aankhon Mein
Main Kahin Kavi Na Banjao
Mujhe Ishq Hai Tujhise
Yeh Reshmi ZUlfon
Haan Yeh Maana Meri Jaan

Pal Do Pal Ke Saath Hamara
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (title song)
Pardah Hai Pardah
Masti Jo Teri Aankhon Mein
Na Tu Caravan Ki Talash Hai

Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil
Din Dhal Jaye
Yahan Main Ajnabi Hoon
Patthar Ke Sanam
Teri Galiyon Mein
Kya Hua Tera Waada
Mere Dost Kissa Yeh Kya Hogaya
Toote Huye Kwabhon Ne
Baabul Ki Dua

Mast songs:
Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana
Hai Shukar Ke Tu Hai Ladka
Affoo Khudah
Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe
Shaadi Ke Liye Razamund Karli

Rock N' Roll:
O Dilbar Janiye
Choti Si Mulaqat (Title)
Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera
Baar Baar Dekho
Aaj Kaal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche
O Haseena Zulfowali
Jaan Pehchanho

Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujhpe
Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolonge
Tere Mere Sapne
Kyse Kya Hogaya
Chalkaaye Jaam

Aana Hai To Aa
Tu Ne Mujhe Bulaya Sherawaliyon
Insaaf Ka Mandir Hai
Ganga Tera Pani Amrit

O Duniya Ke Rakhwale
Madubhan Mein Radkhika
Baiju Bawra (Hari Om)
Mere Mehboob Tujhe

Patriotic: my favorite is Chale Kam Fida Aye Mere watan Saathiyo

Barbaad E Mohabbat
Mile Na Phool To Katto Se Dosti
Dard E Dil

Favorite Asha-Rafi duet at moment: Zulfon Ko Aap Yun Na

Favorite Rafi-Lata duet at moment: Too hard.

Favorite Rafi-Kishore duet: Salamat Rahe Dostana Hamara (Rafi's opening is so full of emotions - so melodious).

The most "prominent" MDs:
1940s: Naushad & Husnlal Bhaghatram - favorite male singer - Rafi
1950s: Naushad & OP Nayyar - favorite male singers Rafi
1960s: Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad, SD Burman: Favorite male singer? For SJ & Naushad - it is Rafi. SD Burman was even (but no less with Rafi). He gave ~96 songs to Rafi & ~120 songs to Kishore. Consider that He called Rafi his first serve. Doesn't mean he preferred Rafi but it means he was willing to go for aces with Rafi. Even in early 70s after Aradhana wave he considered Rafi his best singer (quoted).
1970s: LP (Rafi) and RDB (Kishore). KA was neutral IMO but give the nod to Mukesh.
1980s: LP (Rafi), RDB (Kishore), Bappi (Kishore)

The best MDs according to me (no particular ranking as that would be silly to try)
Shankar Jaikishan
SD Burman
Madan Mohan
OP Nayyar
RD Burman
Laxmikant Pyarelal
Kalyanji Anandji
Husnlal Bhaghatram

Out of 12 MDs listed - 9 gave the maximum songs to Rafi from 1940 to 1980 and 8 from 1940 to 1990. One of the biggest myths is SD Burman not having Rafi as his favorite. I think he "loved" Rafi & Kishore equally. By the way, my intention is to talk ONLY about Rafi and not directly compare him with anyone. I incidentally mentioned Kishore because he was pertinent to SDB and I know most about Rafi & Kishore.

Look at the MDs supporting Rafi and you can conclude Rafi had an immensely great career and repertoire of songs.

Rafi was a top singer in 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, AND 1970s (contrary to myth). No one likes to hear only one voice for 20 years and for multiple characters in same movie. From 1970 to 1975 people took a "break" from Rafi but he still churned out hits and was very popular (just not AS dominant as originally). By 1976 he made a grand comeback and if one sees the charts or better just listens to the songs from that time - Rafi held the same status as his friend Kishore. They both ruled the top together IMO. You can't choose one over the other. I believe Pardah Hai Pardah was #2 in 1977 and O Meri Mehbooba was #3. Similar results for subsequent years. It goes to prove that Rafi was a TOP singer (commercially & musically) for 4 different decades - impressive feat.

Notice that I SELDOM made any direct comparisons with other singers such as Kishore. We should always respect our legends and to elevate our favorites - trying to put another down does not help and is wrong. Kishore was a GREAT singer, we all like variety and appreciate the contributions of our legends.

Kishore's voice was cool & flamboyant. Rafi's voice was angelic and versatile. Kishore dominates my car, Rafi dominates my room when I really sit down and pay attention to every nuance of voice.

In my opinion - it is Rafi with whom you cannot compare anyone. Versatility - there is little doubt if you analyze genres, songs rendered in the career, and patronage of top music directors - that Mohammed Rafi was #1. There are some songs I'd rather have another legend render than Rafi & vice versa. However, the fraction of songs I'd prefer Rafi for a song is highest. Rafi offers so much subtle greatness, so many fine details in his renditions and emotions, so many different kinds of songs (within the same movie Junglee you have Yahoo! Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe and then the quiet, soulful, music at its best Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujhpe - night and day - talk about variety of songs) that to fully appreciate him - you have to listen to his songs multiple times. You may not appreciate or enjoy a song during the first try (when I first heard Mere Mehboob Tujhe - shame on me - I thought it was too slow. I thought Na Tu Caravan Ki Talash Hai was too "old". Only after listening to the more flamboyant genres of Rafi when I returned to these I was able to bask & slowly enjoy all the nuances in those two songs. Rafi is like champagne. Some songs hit you instantly - Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana, Dostana, etc. and some songs take time to fully appreciate). Add to that that Rafi has 6000 different songs - it definitely takes while to fully appreciate his career. I have "only" heard 1000 songs of Rafi. His career is like a universe. My guess (please don't mind me) is you've heard "only" 500 or less songs to think Rafi was second to ANY singer in VERSATILITY.

To fully appreciate Rafi (remember he sang at least 6000 different songs) - it takes time. I was about t comment on the actors for whom Rafi suited so well (even in 70s as myth would say otherwise) but I think this post has been long enough. Please don't mind me, my intention was certainly not to compare legends but just talk about Rafi himself and how he was supreme. My favorite singers are Rafi, Kishore, and Lata. You'll never hear me say something disrespectful about Rafi or Kishore. Thanks and please listen to above songs. Even I have limited knowledge. The only knowledge we have is not to show off (that would be pathetically missing the point) but to better enjoy music (know what we like) and discuss with other music enthusiasts like myself.

My favorite Kishore Kumar songs:
Rhim Jhim Gire Sawan
Zindagi Ke Safar Mein
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana
Inteha Hogayi
Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
Yeh Jeevan Hai
O Saathi Re
Tere Bina Zindagi Koi Shikwa (Kishore is brilliant)
O Meri Sharmilee
Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahin
& many more

I could not live WITHOUT BOTH Rafi & Kishore. I listen to Rafi for a few days, then Kishore, then Lata, and cycle back. No one likes to listen to only one voice all the time. By the way, Deepa, if you're not finding other Rafi fans - you are obviously not reaching out much. Also, I think Rafi's worldwide popuarlity can be argued as good as any. True, the younger generation may prefer other singers or MDs - but it is not on musical merit itself. There are other reasons (on conspiracy or anything) but I'm too tired to get into that. Maybe another day.

Believe me, Rafi's popularity & appeal will stand out even more 100 years from now and will remain pristine. Thanks for your blog - enjoyed reading it.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Btw..who is the most popular Indian singer in Tamil Nadu?

I know that SPB & Illajyara (sorry to butcher name) considered Rafi as the best - even in recent times.

Sorry for mistakes and typos and some repitions in my blog - I had typed it quickly. :(

9:24 PM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

I had a friend in Chennai, who used to sing old hindi songs of Rafi (from the 60s-70s I guess)in Tamil accent. His name was Ravi. We called him Mohammed Ravi. Well, sorry if it isn't relevent. PBS and TMS are the south's answer to Rafi and Kishore.

9:24 PM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

All I know is:
Ek gaav me ek kisan rahata tha.
Namaste mera Papa mar gaya.
Chalo lets go
bus, yeh kya battameezi hai.
aur usi key saath out.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Ghantashala? I hear he was the Rafi of the South. Go to mohd rafi dot com and article True Voice - some posts have comparisons on this matter. I have to agree with Illyjara and the Bengalis: Rafi is Rafi - no comparisons.

10:53 PM  
Blogger I said...

Why would any Thanizhan listen to Indhi paatu, though? Rafi was probably a terrorist, enough about him.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the last poster: you simply want to get a reaction from people. you are not worth entertaining. i've said this to both kk & rafi fans. if you want to propogate objective opinions / discussions - focus on the reasonable people and ignore the rest. good day!

btw: rafi was a saint by all and many accounts.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now-a-days your blogging sounds like a cross between Pepsi Uma and an MBA assignment! :P

running for cover

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"kishore is versatile for sure. "Aake seedhi lagi dil pe" song is an example. He sings in both male and female voice."

ok, i just wanted to clarify the definition of versatility. here it seems to indicate singing in male and female voice. i call that more of a comedy song (comedy genre).

my definition of versatility in singing is a bit different. versatility to me means be able to sing all types of songs e.g. romantic, sad, energetic, fast paced, slow paced, high scale, low scale, bhajans, qawwalis, semi-classical (all this of course only in the world of playback for films), patriotic, rock n' roll, etc. Versatility to me means being able to change with the times, being able to suit music from all decades and being a top singer for 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s (that's 5 decades). versatility means being able to work with a wide variety of mds e.g. from the classically heavy naushad or roshan to the rockn' shankar jaikishan. versatility is about being able to suit very well just about any actor whether it is shammi kapoor, biswajeet, jeetendra, dharmendra, rishi kapoor, an unknown face in anokhi raat or mughal e azam or apnapan, just about anyone. some people associate rafi as a singer of "shammi kapoor type of songs" (and as shammi said -it is a grave mistake), some associate him with romantic songs for dilip kumar or rajendra kumar, some associate him for eternal roshan hits on pradeep kumar, some do it for sad songs, romantic songs - it's like the blind men looking at an elephant - just small pieces of the big picture. that is what i define versatility.

glad we got that clarified :)

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kishore was a COMPLETE entertainer. what you saw him in half ticket singing male & female - was him at his entertaining best. there will never be another kishore kumar (hence i disprove of k for kishore were clones & copy cats are sought after rather than original, new talents. kishore's trademark was his brilliant personality - something that cannot be copied). kishore certainly had a wide range for crazy comedy to the soulful zindagi ke safar mein.

kishore was a complete artist.
rafi was a completer singer.

kishore was a versatile artist
rafi was a versatile singer.

happy listening!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Sudha said...

hi,That was a nice research from you Deepa.I love Hindi Song .Be it old or new the good ones i really enjoy.Some old but songs for you
"My name is antony gonzales" from "Amar Akbar antony".
" Main zindagi ka saat nibata chala gaya " from " Hum dono"
Check that and enjoy. I can say more .But space is the limit.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Appu said...

yeah it is true, it goes like this, ilayaraja made tamil people to listen to tamil songs, who earlier were listening to hindi songs, ARR made hindu people to listen to tamil songs

11:00 AM  
Blogger ATT said...

Rafi and KK are no doubt good, I have more of an ear for Manna Dey and Chitalkar songs! :)

In old Tamil, I prefer to listen to AM Rajah, Chandrababu, PB Srinivas, Ghantasala, NS Krishnan and many more (pre - Illayaraja era)

Often in most friend circles, am tagged 'odd taste' for film music!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enna pala naal aatchu -- pudhu post kidayatha?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

Salaam-aale-gum. Epdi irukeengo.
It's a shame u didnt find anyone who liked Rafi better than Kishore..I, for one, am a Rafi-man..tho i like everyone (KK himself, Mukesh, Talat, Hemant, Manna) Rafi is THE singer for me..All animals r equal, but some r more equal than others....

9:34 PM  
Blogger Mahadevan said...

Rafi is immortal. Naushad made him a classical singer. But Shanker Jaikishan provided some of the immortal songs through him. Even today, when I am alone in a sombre mood, I hear Rafi's "Beethey Dinoka' from 'Dil Ek Mandir'. I am equally moved, when I hear 'Ninaippadhellam nadunthuvittal".

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog panni evalavo naal acchu?

Is everything OK?

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to ur post on Hind songs. But tamil songs have a special place that has been proved time and again.

7:44 AM  
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This is just like blogrolling with an additional element of a direct post from the blogs.Hope you will participate.
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9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so I came across this post, and it's something that I have always felt strongly about. Rafi has the voice to melt a heart and KK has the talent to pep it up. I have had innumerable arguments about these 2 singers and honestly, I love both of them.

Rafi's Abhi na jaao is as enticing as KK's Chingaari Koi. Both beautiful, both musical, and both just as brilliant. Not that I'm trying to make a case for KK. In fact, I'm more of a Rafi fan than a Kishore fan.

I have, in the past, always tried to figure out who has made more of an impact - Rafi or KK, Raaja or Rahman, SPB or Yesudas. The list goes on. The bottom line is that at the end of the day, I love music, and I seem to like all of them. There are some songs I like better than others, but after the noise has died down, it's the song that remains - and that's the result of the contribution of everyone that's had a hand in it - the singer(s), the music director(s) and the musicians.

The whole is ultimately greater than the sum of it's parts - at least that's what I think....

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rafi may be sweet and Hindian may be proud of their Hindi language which is probably the same language of India's enemy Pakistan.


Why are the church destruction done by Hindians?

Everywhere you go the people who fight most are the Hindians.

Large percentage of criminal activity and murders even in Tamilnadu are committed by Hindians even though percentage wise the population is small?

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