Recently on 31st July, it was a death anniversary of a super duper star of Bollywood. We are talking about the man who made us cry, happy and sad with his breathtakingly melodious voice. We are talking about none other than Mohammed Rafi. He passed away on 31 July 1980. Songs like ‘Dil ke jharokhe mein tujh ko’ or ‘Chura liya hai tumne’ or ‘Chaudhvin ka chaand’ were often used to send signals to girls by the boys that time.
Years have passed but Rafi is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential singers of the Indian subcontinent. There are a number of accolades to this legendary singer’s name.
At age 55, he got a massive heart attack led to his death. Did you know Rafi’s burial was one of the largest funeral processions in India? As over 10,000 people attended his burial. It was raining badly in Mumbai, people were mourning the death of their beloved singer. Celebrities like Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar, Sulakshna Pandit, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan all were crying hard. He was buried at the Juhu Muslim cemetery and not it’s not ended yet the government of India announced a two-day public mourning in his honour.
Mohammed Rafi’s last video on his funeral day:
In 2010, Rafi’s tomb along with many film industry artists such as Madhubala was demolished to make space for new burials. Fans of Mohammed Rafi, who visit his tomb twice a year to mark his birth and death anniversaries, use the coconut tree that is nearest his grave as a marker.