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Mohammad Rafi was the uncrowned king of bollywood music in the 50s and 60s. After the composers like Naushad, Shankar Jaikishan, Roshan, Madanmohan, Ghulam A Flaubert - various - folk revival, OP Nayyar, and others realized the range of voice of Rafi, they made him the first choice during a period when able singers like Mukesh, Manna Dey, Talat Mehmood, and others were at the top of their career.
Kalyanji Anandji started their career at that time. The film industry was not moved to that extent with his film Samrat Chandragupta in It was difficult for Kalyanji Anandji to get the scope of composing films of leading actors of the 60s who were associated with Rafi, for the sole reason that most of the actors were associated with established composers. But wherever he got scope of composing music in the films of such big shots, he used Rafi very well.
In the 70s, KA continued with their loyalty with Rafi. KA and Rafi created storms with the film Geet. The compositions Warriors (Rock) - Losoul - Getting Even KA involving folk flavor of the mountains always enchanted the Indian audience. It is not possible to cover the Rafi KA combination in a small article as KA had contributed in more than films over a period of 40 years.
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KA always opted for depth so they oped for mukesh or manna dey i kasme vade. So it all depends upon what is needed. Also kishore was great at bhajans for example muze prem ka rog l;aga and his voice was similar to grrat bhajan singer anup jalota but he did not get much chance to sing bhazans.
Dear Souvikji, your article all relevance it deserves, but not there are some points which you have obviously missed out. KA were very talented MD no doubts, but can never be put in the same league with SD,SJ, Noushad, Roshan, and Madan mohan, who all had a single blue-eyed male-singer of their first choice. With the rise of RD Burman in the 70s, KA gradually tilted towards KK blindly, ignoring the divine voice of Md Rafi, and deliberately forgetting the fact that in the mid 60s they rose to the light of fame with the help of MD Rafi voice.
Safar contained two terrific songs sung by KK, perhaps the two best sad songs they composed throughout the s. Acltually, KA were very much instrumental behind sidelining the great singer along with RD Burman in the early s. They must have had some limitation to perceive the greatness Homecoming (Scene) - Mr.
Lif - I Heard It Today Md Rafi, otherwise how could they have opted for Mukeshji, who cannot be even in the same league of great Md Rafi, to sing for other actors in the s, before the rise of KK and when Md Rafi was reigning at the top?
What is your opinion about it? Some of the songs of Mahendra kapoor and Kishore Kumar could have been sung by Rafi Saheb and the results would have been amazing. Though they remained under appreciated. As far as duets by KA with Rafi-lata and Rafi-Asha are concerned they stand out are are so melodious. Some of the great hits of Rafisaab for KA in 70;s including some sung for Rajesh Khanna were from films 1. Maryada 3.
Choti Bahu 4. Qurbani 5. Gopi 6Kaatilon Ke Katil. Quantity of film apart. Still LP got big recognition only due to rafi and lata singing post SJ regime in the beginning of their career. KA songs by all singers got popularity.
You may not like KA music fine but KA stayed four decades only on their talents. I like the following songs very much:. Dil Bekrar Sa hai Film Ishsra 5. All solo Lut Jao - Kalyanji Anandji* / Ravi - Geet / Ankhen of film Haseena Maan Jaygi 6. Akele hain Chale AAo film Raaj 7. Apart from the above kalyanji Anandji produced very lilting duest of Rafi with Lata and Asha also.
In general Kalyanji Anandji gave hit music in all sorts of songs be it romnatic ,light music,devotional songs,quawalees,westenised,phyloshical songs, disco songs and Lut Jao - Kalyanji Anandji* / Ravi - Geet / Ankhen importantly sad songs and funny songs who can forget the following few master pieces sung by Mukesh.
Mukesh 1. Hum chod chale hain Mehfil Ko 3. Chandi Ki deewar na todi 4. Jo pyar hammne Tujhko diya tha 5. Tumhen Jidagi Ke Cyan Kills E.Coli - Do Not Open mubarak 6. Waqt Karta Jo wafa 7. Do Kadam Tum Na Chale 8. Chandan Sa Badan 9. Deewano Se Ye Mat Poocho Koi Jab tumhara hraday tod de Darpan Ko Dekha Juban Pe dard Bhari dastan chali ayee.
In a nutshell they were complete and versetile music directors but did not get enough credit that they deserved because Lut Jao - Kalyanji Anandji* / Ravi - Geet / Ankhen media which always been promoting R D Burman and Laxmikant Pyare Lal.
My Dear Rafi Sahab! On this auspicious occasion of your 85th birthday we all miss you a lot. You are not there, but you are there…in our hearts, in our memories and you will be there till this time is there…and I know time never ends. May your soul rest in peace!!! Rajkumar Akela. The article was excellent and it showed great passion for the talented Singer. Realities of life and that of the film world is totally different.
Just like when a young boy enters an engineering college there is idealism that excites him. He enters life and is in a world of competition. The ideals takes a little shift and he sees other priorities like a will to succeed. This is the same with music directors. They come with love for music but as they enter the competitive world their priorities change for no one recognizes unless you are successful.
Their priorities shift to find ways to be successful. We know rafi is talented but is the busiest singer. We know he is versatile but appreciation does not not bring success to the appreciator. His success lies how he creates another rafi by taking inspiration from the plus points of rafi sahab.
Even industry grows only like this. If it were not for this aspect we would not have a galaxy of singers today in every field of music irrespective of language.
There are umpteen fan clubs each singing the praise of their chosen hero. His distribution of songs for variuos singers was similar if not same in 70s as it was in 60s. And Rafi too getting some share of songs, implying that KA cared for Rafi in 70s. KA reserved very fast paced songs for Rafi. But both these attempts were not as successful. Note the similarities in the beats taal with the JJPK song:.
I concur with Murad — post I would have rated some other songs higher. But they were NOT out and out Rafi fan. The two combinations does not match because, Jaikishan not only gave majority of songs to Rafi, SJ composed music in at least 8 to 10 films per year during the 60s when Rafi was matchless. It clearly established the fact for Jaikishan KK never featured within km of Rafi. He never survived after to see the profit motives of producers in sidelining Rafi to promote KK.
In most of these films Rafi featured. Whether he did justice by exploiting the versatile talent of Rafi is another question. I heard the songs in maryada was to Power Base - Section 25 - Part-Primitiv sung by someone else to picturise on raaj kumar.
It was raaj kumar who said he will not act in these Lut Jao - Kalyanji Anandji* / Ravi - Geet / Ankhen if it not sing by rafi. Dear Souvikji, Adaab Rafi! What was shocking at that time for us was in Gopi except for the bhajan all the songs were by Mahendra kapoor. But not to give credit to KA is offending for music lovers who will always acknowledge their contribution for phenomenal Rafi-lata or Rafi-asha duets… KA even in a Manmohan Desai a devout Rafi Bakt gave preference to Kishore in the solos of Sacha Jhuta.
Souvik and Mr. Gurumrthy, First of all it might seem that Kalyanji Anandji was more inclined towards Kishore. If you follow their music, you will see a definite pattern and at times the pattern would be different from what all other music directors were following :. Chopra, KA went with Mahendra Kapoor for most of their movies. Rafi lost out big time owing to this. I think part of the problem with this article is it is sparse on the song list from the 70s most of the examples are from the 60s.
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