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An artist never die, he lives forever through his body of work. This feeling was uppermost on the minds of the nearly one thousand people audience, on the eve of the 87th birth anniversary celebrations of Mohammed Rafi, at the Rang Sharda auditorium in Bandra, Mumbai as the live band delighted one and all with the most popular Mohammed Rafi songs. This memorable evening was organised by Spandan, a NGO, headed by Advocate Ashish Shelar.
Shrikant, the lead vocalist of the band gave a soulful renedition of “Chaudavi ka chand ho”, “Abhi na jao chhodkar” and many other Mohammed Rafi hits. The evening was also a musical tribute to the Legendary Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor and some ladies simply could not resist dancing on the aisle to “Khoya Khoya Chand”.
Shahnawaz Hussain, former cabinet minister, Government of India did the honours by handing over the prestigious Mohammed Rafi awards to Music director Ravi and singer Shailendra Singh of “Main shayar toh nahi” fame .
Speaking on the occasion Ashish Shelar stated that music was a universal religion and added that Mohammed Rafi was the “king of hearts” and his songs would continue to give listening pleasure for many more generations. Manju Lamba, painter and mother of popular Bollywood actress Minisha Lamba, sat through the evening and thoroughly enjoyed the musical extravaganza. Shailendra Singh was overwhelmed on receiving the “Mohammed Rafi Award” and asserted that to be a good singer, it was first important to be a good human being. Also spotted in the audience were Viveck Shettyy, Gary Richardson and Umaesh Pherwani.
Pramoud Rao, head honcho of Zicom was also in great spirits. Music filled the air and for a moment everybody felt Mohammed Rafi, Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor were right there amidst us in the audience.