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Mohammed Rafi and His Piano Songs

31 Jul, 2020 | Short Features by Haresh Joshi

The piano, along with the guitar, is perhaps the most cinematic of all instruments. From the very inception of film music, as western orchestration was blended with Indian rhythms, it found a pride of place in soundtracks. It made quite a few starring appearances onscreen as well, as the living room piano was a staple of romantic numbers, especially the 50s and 60s. Mohammed Rafi too enjoyed singing quite a few tunes to the dulcet tones of the piano. Here are the ten most memorable songs by Rafi, featuring this prince among instruments.

Ajab hai dastaan teri ae zindagiShararat (1959)

Composed by: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra


Patthar ke sanam tujhe humne - Patthar Ke Sanam (1967)

Composed by: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri


Bhari duniya mein akhir dil ko samjhane - Do Badan (1966)

Composed by: Ravi
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni


Aaj ki raat mere dil ki salami - Ram Aur Shyam (1967)

Composed by: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni


Yahan main ajnabi hun - Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)

Composed by: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi


Bade bewafa hai ye husn wale - Roop Tera Mastana (1972)

Composed by: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi


Dil ke jharokhe mein tujko bithakarBrahmchari (1968)

Composed by: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri


Koi sone ke dilwala koi chandi ke dilwalaMaya (1961)

Composed by: Salil Chowdhury
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri


Jhoom ke gaa yun aaj mere dilPatanga (1971)

Composed by: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics: Neeraj

Jeet hi lenge baazi hum tum - Shola Aur Shabnam (1961)

Composed by: Khayyam
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi


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About the Author

Haresh Joshi is a presently retired Manager (Quality Control) at Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd. Vadodara. He has been a life long Mohammed Rafi afficionado and has written the book Mohammed Rafi - His Voice, My Choice. 

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