Om Books International To Release The Authorized Biography of Mohammed Rafi in December 2011 – Mohammed Rafi: Voice of a Nation
Noida, July 29, 2011: Om Books International is delighted to announce that Mohammed Rafi: Voice of a Nation co-authored by his son Shahid Rafi and Sujata Dev is set to release in December 2011. The biography is a moving account of the life and times of the Golden Voice of India.
Born the second youngest of six sons of Hajji Ali Mohammed at Kotla Sultan Singh, a village near Amritsar in Punjab (British India), Rafi, nicknamed Pheeko, started singing by imitating chants of a fakir in his village. In the 1920s, Rafi’s father moved to Lahore to start a men’s salon in Noor Mohalla, Bhatti Gate, Lahore. Elder brother Mohammed Deen’s friend, Abdul Hameed spotted the talent in Rafi in Lahore and encouraged him to sing. Later he convinced the family elders to let Rafi move to Bombay and accompanied Rafi in 1944 to this city from where he would slowly steal into the heart of the nation.
Says Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International, “It is indeed an honour to publish Mohammed Rafi’s biography. As a singer he was and still is deeply admired across generations.”
About the Authors - Shahid Rafi is the son of the illustrious singer Mohammed Rafi. A singer himself, he has performed in several national and international shows. Shahid Rafi is also the Founder Chairman of Mohammed Rafi Academy, Mumbai. Started in memory of the great singing legend, the Academy aims to promote and preserve the music of the Golden Era.
Sujata Dev hosted The Indian Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival several times on behalf of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. She is also the recipient of the prestigious, “Udyog Rattan” award. Sujata Dev is a Rafi fan and admirer.