Dada Abba – Mohammad Rafi

Mohammad Rafi’s Music Legacy is like nectar that will quench your soul every time You listen to his songs. Fuzail Rafi, his grandson gives the audience a peek into the World of Rafi Sahab. He’s honest and real insights bring words to life, bring the legend alive. Fuzail’s candid answers and memories of his Dada Abba will warm your heart and shine in its afterglow.

Did you grow up listening to music? What was your home environment like?

Yes, I did grow up listening to music, even on my way back from school I always had Mohammed Rafi Sahab’s song playing in the car and come back home and sing it to my mom. My home environment was very simple not filmy as such, but yes music is in my blood from both sides of my parents.

What impact did Mohammad Rafi Sahab have in your life as a kid?

As a kid, I did not understand or you may say I did not know how great of a singer my dada abba, Mohammed Rafi Sahab was. When people use to come, visit our house I use to be shocked at how much love and respect they gave me as a child just because of him.

Fuzail Rafi 1When did you realize that your grandfather was an exceptional singer and personality?

I believe in my early teens I realized how great of a personality my grandfather had as when people use to come to touch my feet and I would back off wondering why would they do that to me and my mom would explain it to me saying, “it’s the love and respect they have for Mohammed Rafi Sahab, and they see him in you”.

What have you imbibed from him?

His humbleness and kindness towards everyone.

How do you think people from your generation view and analyze the golden era and Mohammad Rafi Sahab’s songs?

People from my era love the golden era songs and especially Mohammed Rafi Sahab’s songs, as when we use to go out for drives or any house party, we sing his songs on karaoke or just dance to his songs. More than the new songs my generation most definitely listen to the golden era and also use it towards their romantic life.

What do you think would have been Mohammad Rafi Sahab’s reaction to today’s Hindi Music World?

To be honest with you, the music would have been different if he was still alive.

What do people expect normally from you as a grandson of Legendary Rafi Sahab? Sept Heena Mehra 540X540 - 1

They expect me to have a singing voice like his. But nobody can be like him and everyone has their own style and way of singing.

 How important is music in your life?

Music takes over my entire life. As a kid, or a teenager, or an adult I listen to music every time even though if I would be studying, working, or anything it helps me concentrate better and keeps me more focused.

We’ve heard you’ve opened up a music academy in your grandfather’s name, can you tell us more about it?

Mohammed Rafi Musical Institute is a small tribute I want to give to my dada abba, Mohammed Rafi Sahab for all the love and respect and the big name he has left for us behind. It’s an online portal to teach singing, instruments, and a lot more.

We have Bollywood music, classical training, and voice culture in singing lessons. We offer guitar, drums, tabla, keyboard, etc. in instruments. We will be introducing a lot more courses and covering the entire music industry aspects. The classes are conducted online through zoom and every student is provided with a login I’d and password as they register, where their classes, tests, assignments, and events are uploaded.

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We also have a lot of events in the Institute, we conduct Antakshari, workshops, and many more singing programs via zoom. The entire idea behind this is to connect all Mohammed Rafi Sahab fans, lovers, and music lovers throughout the world to the family and music. Everyone and anyone can sit in their respective houses and learn singing and participate in fun activities through this institute. The URL for the website is “www.mohammedrafiinstitute.com”,

How do you see the growth of the academy and what is the core quality you want the academy to be known for?

As I have mentioned earlier, we will be covering all the aspects of the music industry and also the film industry. I want the institute to be known for its infamous gurus and the quality of music that we want to impart to our students throughout the globe.

Are there any upcoming projects that you’re working on?

There are a few projects in the pipeline and will be out soon to everyone. For now, we are conducting a tribute event on July 31st, as it is the 41st death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi Sahab on Facebook live. We want everyone to be safe during this pandemic and pay their tribute from their respective homes staying safe and maintaining the social distance they are supposed to.

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Comments (5)

  • Sushant Reply

    Nice performance

    29 July 2021 at 9:36 pm
  • Sujan Sandhu Reply

    Rafi was a messenger from God. He showed to the people how a person with ultimate talent can be so humble in life.

    30 July 2021 at 8:17 am
    • Farooque Reply

      May God Bless you Fuzail Sahab. This is a great initiative and rich tribute by Rafi Sahab’s Family.

      31 July 2021 at 12:26 am
  • Imran qureshi Reply

    Aap jaisa koi na hoga na koi ayega ,aapke liye kya kahu aap to farishte ho

    31 July 2021 at 9:35 am
  • Krishna N Reply

    Fuzail,

    Like millions around the world I am a huge huge fan of your grandfather. Congratulations on this wonderful initiative of carrying forward the already eternal legacy of the great Rafi Sahab and wish you Godspeed and utmost success. I live in the Atlanta area and if there is a live concert of Rafi’s songs I would love to attend. Please let us know if we can be a part of mailing list of the Institute.

    17 December 2021 at 3:57 am

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