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Published on 29 Dec 2011 | over 5 years ago

Mohammed Rafi (December 24, 1924 -- July 31, 1980), the playback singer whose career spanned four decades received National Award and 6 Filmfare Awards. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri awarded by the Government of India.

Rafi is best known for romantic and duet songs, which he playback sings with the technique to mould the voice according to characters of the actor on the screen.

Rafi's first public performance came at the age of 13, when he was allowed to sing at a concert in Lahore featuring K. L. Saigal.

In 1944, Rafi moved to Mumbai (then Bombay) and poet Tanvir Naqvi introduced him to some of film producers including Abdur Rashid Kardar, Mehboob Khan and actor-director Nazeer.

Rafi was associated with many music directors of his time, most notably Naushad. In the late 1950s and 1960s, Rafi worked with other composers of the era such as O. P. Nayyar, Shankar Jaikishan and S.D. Burman.

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