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Surjit Singh Kohli (left), brother of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and members of the Mohammed Rafi Society paying tribute to the legendary playback singer in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Surjit Singh Kohli (left), brother of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and members of the Mohammed Rafi Society paying tribute to the legendary playback singer in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: PTI

Rich tributes were paid to the legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi on his 30th death anniversary on Saturday.

Over 9,000 musical tribute programmes were organised in July in memory of the singer, according to Binoo Nair, president of the Rafi Foundation.

Rafi's fans visited his mazaar at Bada Kabrastan in suburban Santa Cruz to pay homage. The grave will not be dug, as planned earlier by mosque authorities, keeping in mind the sentiments of Rafi followers all over the world, Nair said.

Earlier this year the mosque authorities had said that if the Maharashtra Government did not allot additional land to be utilised as burial ground, they will have no other option but to dig the graves of prominent film personalities, including Rafi. “However, this will not happen,” Nair said.

‘Rafi: Ek Faristha tha woh', a book in Hindi penned by Dhirendra Jain, was released on Saturday. Remembering him, Asha Bhosale tweeted: “Rafisaab aapki Himalaya ki tarah bulund awaz aur aapka namra swabhav hume phir na sunne na dekhne milega. Aapki bahut yaad ati hai. (Your voice touched Himalayan heights...we miss you a lot).”

A musical institute, Mohammed Rafi Academy, is to be launched here. - PTI


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