Mumbai, Dec 24: Search engine Google on Sunday dedicated its doodle to the legendary Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi on his 93rd birth anniversary.
The Doodle, created by Mumbai-based illustrator Sajid Shaikh, “shows the journeys of famous Rafi songs as they progressed from the studio, onto the silver screen and into the hearts of fans forever.” In Doodle Rafi is seen recording in a studio, while actors are lip syncing onscreen.
Born on December 24, 1924, Rafi took the Indian music industry by storm with his entry as a playback singer in 1941 and never looked back till his sudden death in 1980 at the age of 55.
His songs like “Yeh duniya yeh mehfil”, “Chura liya hai tumne”, “Tum jo mil gaye ho” and “Aaj mausam bada beimaan” are still famous amongst today’s young generation.
The singer was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 1967. In 1977, he won the National Award for the song ‘Kya Hua Tera Wada’ from the film ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen.’
Rafi left behind a treasure trove of immortal songs — solos as well as duets with popular singers of his era. He sang qawwalis, ghazals, disco and pop in Hindi and various other Indian languages.
He died on July 31, 1980 due to heart attack.