Monday, December 28, 2009

Tumse achcha kaun hai...


So, with the last of this triangular series, we finally come to the end of all this one-sided verbal drooling that I had indulged in so far. And I'd like to thank everyone for being patient and seeing me through my euphoria.

I'd also like to add here that I regret leaving out some of his lovely gems like Deewana hua badal, Yunhi tum mujhse baat karti ho, Tumne pukara aur, Jo wada kiya, Udhar tum haseen ho, Tumse dur rehke, Mujhe kitna pyaar hai tumse, Bahut shukriya badi meherbani, and other favourites simply because they're duets.

Now, wouldn't you agree that it is way too difficult to pick out a handful of songs as "Top 10" when the other omitted melodies are equally enthralling?

I agree, as a couple of my readers pointed out, that anyone can probably sing Rafi saab's songs, but I'd still reiterate that nobody can do justice to the music, the lyrics, the inflection, the depth and the maturity in his voice, the intensity he brings into his renditions, and everything else that goes with each of his songs. None can match the style and the magical effect that only Rafi saab can bring to the lyrics.

Mohd. Rafi is certainly not like any regular playback singer. He is not a singer for the masses or those who prefer cheesy numbers. His songs are for maturer music lovers who appreciate good music and understand what a voice can do to music and lyrics. His songs may not be as catchy as those of his contemporaries (barring a few like Suku suku or Yahoo...). It's also probably a little difficult to accept, identify with, and like his songs as immediately as, for example, a Kishoreda's melody but the songs definitely grow on you with time. Once you let that happen, let the melody take over you, then there is no looking back.

Can any other singer beat his andaz, his inimitable style, and his love that oozes out of each syllable that he sings? His pyaar, mohabbat and their many synonyms are definitely and alarmingly much softer and better than those rendered by his countless counterparts. They tug at your heartstrings.

I wouldn't be too surprised if lyricists of yesteryear chose to write lyrics just for Rafi saab keeping in mind his smooth singing style - just the way scripts were written for certain heroes. Wouldn't the simple pleasure of hearing him breathe life into their lyrics, and immortalize their poetry, be inspiration enough for poets to write just for him? Especially if the result of their hard work is priceless! If I were a poet, I would probably be lured to write songs only and ONLY for Mohd. Rafi. Check out the lyrics of songs like Bahosh-o-hawaas mein deewana, Jaan-e-bahar husn tera bemisaal hai, O meri shahe khuban, Aye nargis-e-mastana, Hameen se mohabbat, Chehre pe giri zulfein kehdo to hatadoon main, and you'll see why!

Rafi is probably the only singer who can lead each word into the next so easily, effortlessly, and melodiously! Try listening to evergreen melodies like Hai duniya usiki zamana usika, Tumne kisiki jaan ko jaate huwe dekha hai, Bahut shukriya badi meherbani, and Aaj mausam bada beimaan hai, and you'll know what I mean. Truly speaking, bejaan rehgaye hum... :))).

One cannot deny that the intensity in his voice is far too mesmerizing to not get affected. Only a non-human can resist the out-of-the-world experience that his melodies offer. And when you're lost in the magical world the legendary singer has created specifically for you, don't you feel irritated and frustrated if some other voice tries to distract your attention, and pulls you out of your reverie?

I can still hear him croon ever-so-softly Tum mujhe yun bhula na paoge, jab kabhi bhi sunoge geet mere, sang sang tum bhi gun gunaoge - how very true indeed! What more can I say except Tumse nazar milaye ye kiski majaal hai... Wallah kamaal hai arrey wallah kamaal hai!


1 comment:

Bhavani said...

These three posts by far has to be the best of all. Each one brought a smile on my face and made me anticipate 'What's next.' Loved all three.

My fav of Rafi Saab : Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par from Junglee