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Mohammed Rafi's life was full of ups and downs. So here’s a glimpse of what his life was like

The rise and fall of Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Rafi is the most amazing singer. In 1967, he was honored with the Padma Shri awarded by the Government of India. He was very well known for his versatility.

Mohammad Rafi was born in the United Punjab province of British India. He was the fifth son and from a very young age he had musical bond and love, so used to go and try to imitate the fakirs that came to the village and that is how he started his musical journey. He was trained by Feroze Nizami a producer of All India Lahore, K.L.Saigal (highly influenced by his voice) and G.M.Durani were his idols.

Mohammed Rafi was just 13 years old when he had his first stage performance in Lahore. His career was at a peak as he works for Naushad from 1950 to 1960 and produced several songs for movies. And from the 50s, 60s and a few 70s, he was flourished with numerous hits. But not all good times last.

It was during the 1970s that Rafi faced a competition from Kishore Kumar who emerged as the leading singer after film Aradhana. Same time when he also was suffering from throat infection but Rafi made an instant comeback winning awards for the song Kya Hua Tera Wada. Also, there was a small dispute between Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi as they had a little fallout on royalty issues but it was cleared. Later, Lata Mangeshkar said he had apologized to her but Mohammed Rafi rejected such claims.

July 31, 1980, was when Mohammed Rafi had a massive heart attack. His funeral was joined by 10,000 mourning fans and a public holiday was announced by the government of India in his honor.

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