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Duniya mein sada rahne ko aata nahin koi

Posted on: July 31, 2018

This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog.This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Here is that day again.

Yes, it is the 31st of July (2018) today – which for HFM lovers, wherever they are in the world, signifies just one thing.

The death anniversary of Mohammad Rafi – respectfully referred to as Rafisaab, by one and all.

I am sure there will be events around the country to solemnly mark the occasion. Why just in the country, probably even across the world, considering how distributed India’s diaspora around the world is.

Millions of people will be remembering today as Rafisaab’s Remembrance Day – a term we also often use on this blog.

Truth is, at least for me (and I’m sure it’s true for many), every single day of the year is Rafisaab’s Remembrance Day. For there isn’t a single day in the year that I do not remember Rafisaab in some way or the other. It is usually in the form of a song I’m listening to – or sometimes singing (thankfully only to myself). 🙂

Of course, the 31st of July adds a huge extra layer of remembrance because it brings with it a sense of loss. Although it is 38 years now, this sense of loss remains. And for me, it will remain all my life.

As I sit to write this post, I’m not sure what I should write about Rafisaab that I haven’t already written here.

The thing is, I’ve written a lot about Rafisaab here. My posts here might be relatively infrequent now but I make it a point to always write a post on Rafisaab’s birth and death anniversaries. These are two dates I never miss. It is just my very small way of paying tribute to Rafisaab, and thanking him for enriching my life in a way, and to an extent, that I just cannot describe.

And I’d like to think, he is up there, smiling as always, reading these tributes.

There isn’t much I can think of writing now that I haven’t already written before. And although I don’t mind repeating myself, I don’t want to bore the readers. Having said that, I never tire of repeatedly watching the same tributes to Rafisaab on youtube. I’ve listened to Jeetendra’s story of Deedaar-e-Yaar multiple times, SP Balasubramaniam’s story about “deewaana hua baadal” multiple times. 🙂 And each time, it feels good to listen to it.

But that’s different from my repeating stories, that too in text, not video. Besides, they speak about their personal experiences involving interaction with Rafisaab – mine are just my personal thoughts.

So I will refrain from repeating myself.

One thing I will say – I’ve often felt lucky that Rafisaab’s era was before mine. Imagine somebody living in the 1920s/30s and passing away before 1947. He or she would never have had the opportunity of listening to Rafisaab. Of course there were greats even then – like Saigal saab and Pankaj Mallick, but we now have the good fortune of being able to listen to them AND to Rafisaab, Talat Mahmood, Lataji and others.

Future generations will have even more music available to them, in addition to what is available today.

That’s the greatness of a legacy. Every individual has to die sometime – nobody can do anything about that. Yes, one can delay the inevitable – but it is still inevitable. No one has yet invented the elixir of immortality – and that might not be such a bad thing.

Coming to Rafisaab, I’ve spent hours and hours listening to him. I’ve spent all night listening to his songs. It starts with one song, then I think “ok, one more”, then “one more” and so it goes on. On youtube, you keep getting prompted anyway – so it’s just one click after another. You start with “chaudvin ka chand ho”, then, as if on cue, you’re prompted “abhi na jao chhod kar”, which then takes you to “deewana hua baadal”, which takes you to “pukaarta chala hoon main” and so on. You know the drill – you’re hooked. This has happened to me many times.

Not that I’m complaining. It has always been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I often don’t even watch the video – I just close my eyes and let Rafisaab’s voice take over. And suddenly everything seems to either fall in place, or become inconsequential. For that period at least. When SPB says that at the end of a long day in the recording studios he would come home and listen to Rafisaab to relax, I think I can understand where he’s coming from. Rafisaab’s voice can be extremely relaxing, if you listen to the right songs. I don’t know how often I’ve listened to “ab kya misaal doon” (Aarti-1962) or “maine shaayad tumhe pehle bhi kahin dekha hai” (Barsaat Ki Raat – 1960). And think of songs like “husnwaale tera jawaab nahin” (Gharana–1961) or “ek haseen shaam ko” (Dulhan Ek Raat Ki – 1967) or “mujhe dekh kar aapka muskuraana” (Ek Musafir Ek Haseena – 1962). And if you’re looking for duets, how about “theheriye hosh mein aa loon” with Suman Kalyanpur (Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain – 1965) or “dil pukaare” with Lata (Jewel Thief – 1967) or “phir miloge kabhi is baat ka vaada kar lo” with Asha (Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi – 1966). And of course, one of my all-time favourites – which is why I keep coming back to it – “abhi na jao chhod kar” with Asha (Hum Dono – 1961). 🙂

And so many more. I just realized that all the songs I’ve mentioned above, which came randomly to my mind, are all 1960s songs – but this is purely a coincidence. One can find a treasure of songs from the 1950s or even 1970s. Yes, even the 1970s, when Rafisaab was supposed to be going through a lean patch for the first half of the decade. The half in which he still gave us songs like “tum jo mil gaye ho” (Hanste Zakhm – 1973) and “aaj mausam bada beimaan hai” (Loafer – 1973). And my favourite Rafisaab duet song of the 1970s – “teri bindiya re” (Abhimaan – 1973) with Lata, which I have listened to a zillion times, and can never have enough of.

Rafisaab sang practically every genre, from qawwali and devotional songs to rock-n-roll and romantic songs, adjusting his singing style and voice for every actor, depending on the needs of the situation. He was always conscious that he was the playback voice – and that the actor on screen was bringing that song to the audience in “his” (the actor’s) voice. This elevated not just the song, but often even the film, for the viewers, because very often the songs of the film carried the film. 🙂

And, to add to all this, as if his divine voice wasn’t enough, he was also one of the most gentle souls the industry has ever seen. In an industry where ego clashes and tempers were not uncommon, he was ever-smiling, ever accommodating of others, never throwing his weight around – which he could very easily have done. He had a very big heart, ever generous and helpful to those in need. And he did a lot of it without publicity. It was only after he died, that a number of his charitable actions came to light.

So SUCH is the person Rafisaab was. Will we ever see another like him in the industry? Hard enough to imagine another singer like him – add to that his nature, and I think it’s safe to rule out the chance of another Rafisaab. No, Rafisaab was one of a very special kind – like SPB says, we were just very lucky he came in our midst before he was called back.

Indeed, he was 100% right when he sang “mujh ko mere baad zamaana dhoondhega”.

I will now move on to today’s song.

As it is the 31st of July, I have selected a song, sung by Rafisaab of course, about the inevitability of passing away. It is a very short song from the film Amardeep (1979) – but it suits the occasion perfectly. Lyrics have been provided to me, as usual, by Avinashji.

The song’s lyrics, written by Anand Bakshi, talk about how death is inevitable. And yet how sudden and shocking an unexpected death can be. “Tum aise gaye, aise bhi jaata nahin koi”. Everyone knows how sudden Rafisaab’s death was. That was just no way to go. Everyone was in shock – and he was just 55.

The song also refers to having a smile on one’s face even while dead. “Kyon mar ke bhi honthon pe hansi khel rahi hai”- this could also be said of Rafisaab. He was ever-smiling, reportedly even in death.

This song brought a lump to my throat.

Also, listening to his voice only further made me realize how wonderful his voice was even just a year before he passed away. It left me with a loss of what might have been. I felt he had so much more singing in him.

Anyway, one cannot control these things. One can only be thankful for what one has got. And we have got a LOT from Rafisaab. A price can never be put on his legacy – it is just priceless. He will be in our hearts for ever, and remembered for ever.

Rafisaab is truly “amar” in this sense – and lighting amardeep in all our hearts.

Thank you, Rafisaab.

Thank you for everything.

bahut shukriya, badi meherbaani,
hum sab ki zindagi mein huzoor aap aaye



Song-Duniya mein sada rehne ko aata nahin koi (Amardeep)(1979) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal


Duniya mein sadaa rehne ko
Aata nahin koyi
Tum jaise gaye aise bhi
Jaata nahin koyi

Kyun mar ke bhi honthhon pe hansi
Khel rahi hai ae
Sab jaante hain aur
Bataata nahin koyi ee

Dil pehle hi dartaa thaa
Ke jal jaayega daaman
Daaman se amardeep
Bujhaataa nahin koyi
Bujhaataa nahin koyi ee
Bujhaataa nahin koyi

(Devnagri Script lyrics) Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
दुनिया में सदा रहने को
आता नहीं कोई
तुम जैसे गए ऐसे भी
जाता आ नहीं कोई

क्यूँ मर के भी होंठों पे हंसी
खेल रही है ए
सब जानते हैं और
बताता नहीं कोई ई

दिल पहले ही डरता था
के जल जाएगा दामन
दामन से अमरदीप
बुझाता नहीं कोई
बुझाता नहीं कोई ई
बुझाता नहीं कोई


4 Responses to "Duniya mein sada rahne ko aata nahin koi"

Our tributes to Rafi Saab on his remembrance day …!!!

Thank you Raja Saab for this post.
Yes, as you rightly said there is not a single day for us – music lovers – without Rafi Saab and his songs. He is there in our hearts – immortal and forever. We have never met him personally nor we were there with him when he passed away, we only feel this loss when we read about his last rites and people thronging that day in his funeral even bearing the heavy rains … but when we listen to the songs sung by him … he is alive for us still there with his songs, his personality and his down to earth nature and his all time great generosity …
Not only 50s, 60s or 70s even some of his songs that came after his death are lively and having the same magic … ” aashaaon ke saawan mein, umangon ki bahaar mein, tum mujhko dhoondo …main kho jaaun
pyaar mein ..”
I am repeating what you have already written in you post above …
“Rafisaab is truly “amar” in this sense – and lighting amardeep in all our hearts”
Thank you very much for this post once again …!!!
( I was waiting for the post since yesterday same time there was a post on the blog and today being Rafi Saab’s remembrance day I was very much expecting your post )

Raja ji,

Good post, straight from the heart. This song is just one of the many, in movies which had a single Rafi song, right at the climax, just like the ‘Aas paas’ song and the climax song in ‘Muqaddar ka Sikandar”.

“mujh ko mere baad zamaana dhoondhega”.
What a coincidence, you ve also mentioned this.
Thank you for everything.

“bahut shukriya, badi meherbaani,
hum sab ki zindagi mein huzoor aap aaye”
This is the feelings of all us his fana

Raja Saheb,
Best tribute to very deserving departed ‘Amar Rafi’, both by the selection of the song and by the capturing article.

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