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Rafi and Mukesh Hits Delivered at Tribute Concert

October 2007
Rafi and Mukesh Hits Delivered at Tribute Concert

Indian cinema's two most prolific and immortal personalities, Shri Mohammed Rafi Saab and Shri Mukesh Saab, were honored posthumously with a concert organized by Sunny Thakker and Udai Singh. On August 25th 2007, immortal gems from the two legends were presented by talented local singers.

Mohammed Rafi (1924-1980), began is career in 1942 and went on to deliver hits such as ‘Aaj mausam bada beimaan hai' to his last song, ‘Shaam phir kyun udaaas hai dost' in 1980. Mukesh's (1923-1976), career took off in 1941 with ‘Dil hi bujha huaho to'. After a brief acting stint, he sang innumerable hits an ended his career with ‘Chanchal sheetal nrimal komal.'

Sunny Thakker, a great admirer of Indian music, emceed the program. His joyful mimicry of actors of yesteryears (Rajkumar, Raj Kapoor, Omprakash, Dev Anand and many more) kept the audience entertained. The program started with a traditional Deepjyot ceremony and a prayer.

An endless string of memorable melodies of Rafisaab and Mukeshsaab ensued.

Durgaprasad started with Rafi's songs ‘Aaj mausam bada beimaan' and ‘Baharon phool barsao,' followed by Rajen Raval who immediately got the audience clapping with ‘Aane se uske ayee bahar' and ‘Purkarta chala hoon mein.' Incidentally Rajen Raval helped with organizing the show. The mood was further enhanced when Amit Dave presented evergreen numbers like ‘Deewane ka naam na pucho', ‘Teri pyari pyari soorat' and ‘Aye gulbadan'.

The audience by now had been prepped for Mukeshsaab's hits. Pramod Sangawar presented the melodious ‘Suhana safar'and ‘Mera joota hai japani.' Ms. Kala Vasudevan joined Pramodji to present two duets, ‘Ek pyar ka nagma hai' and ‘O mere sanam, O mere sanam.'

The mehefil continued with a variety of songs by other artists including Dr. Prakash Desai, Sunny Thakker, Dr Jaimini and Madhvi Dave, Sunny Sachadeva, Navin Tyagi, and Dr Jai Desai. A surprise item from 17 year old Sagar Thakker (son of Sunny Thakker) was a big hit when he presented a song in the voice of Mukesh – ‘Gore gore chaand se mukh par,' while keeping up the family tradition of emulating Mukesh.

Udai Singh changed the mood of the audience with ‘Bar bar dekho' and ‘Chalkaye jaam.' The finale was ‘Jeena yahan marna yahan iske siva jana kahana,' a hit tune from Mera Naam Joker (1970). A standing ovation concluded the perfect evening. The sound system organized by Pramod Sangawar; ably supported by Sagar Thakker, created the professional sound output that was required for a show of this caliber.

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