Born: 24 December 1924
Died: 31 July 1980
He was an Indian playback singer and widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential singers of the Indian subcontinent.
He was notable for his voice, versatility and range; his songs were varied from fast peppy numbers to patriotic songs, sad numbers to highly romantic songs, qawwalis to ghazals and bhajans to classicalsongs.
He was known for his ability to mould his voice to the persona and style of an actor, lip-syncing the song on screen in the movie.
He received six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India.
In 2001, Rafi was honoured with the “Best Singer of the Millennium” title by Hero Honda and Stardust magazine. In 2013, Rafi was voted for the Greatest Voice in Hindi Cinema in the CNN-IBN’s poll.
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