Legend singer Mohammad Rafi’s 31st death anniversary is being celebrated on Friday in different parts of the world.
He was an Indian playback singer whose career spanned four decades. He won a National Award and 6 Filmfare Awards. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Rafi had the credit of recording 28,000 songs in 11 Indian languages between 1944 and April 1980. According to the available figures, Rafi sang 4,516 Hindi film songs, 112 non-Hindi film songs, and 328 private (non-film) songs from 1945 to 1980.
His singing career spanned about 40 years, and his songs ranged from classical to patriotic songs, sad lamentations to highly romantic numbers, qawwalis to ghazals and from slow melancholic tunes to fast and melodious fun filled songs.
On Thursday, 31 July 1980, Rafi died at 10:50 p.m., following a heart attack. His last song was “Shaam phir kyun udaas hai dost” (Aas Paas), which he had recorded with Laxmikant-Pyarelal few hours before his death.