As an Indian playback singer, Mohammad Rafi was the most sought-after singer in the Hindi film industry between 1950 and 1970. Rafi's repertoire of songs displayed his versatility through classical, patriotic, sad, romantic and qawwalis numbers. Rafi was born in 1924 and passed away in 1980.
During the height of his career, Mohammad Rafi sang for the majority of the top male actors in Bollywood. Rafi sang in a variety of Indian dialects as well as in English, Spanish, Dutch and Persian. Rafi also acted in a few Bollywood films, including "Laila Majnu," which was released in 1945, and "Jugnu," which was released in 1947.
Rafi began giving public singing performances at the age of 13. During his career, Rafi performed approximately 26,000 songs and lent his voice to 76 films. Examples of popular songs by Rafi are "Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe," "Baharon Phool Barsa," "Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par," "Re Mama Re Mama Re" and "Aane Se Uske Aaye Baharngs."
Rafi received six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award in India. In addition, he received the Padma Shri Award from the Indian government in 1967. In 2001, Stardust Magazine named Rafi as the best singer of the millennium.