Born on December 24, 1924, legendary singer late Mohammed Rafi, also known as the Voice of Humanity? was a jewel of the Indian music industry.
The legendry playback-singer recorded over 7,500 songs in his lifetime and was awarded the Padma Shri? for his contribution to the field of Indian music by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi-led Congress government in 1967.
On the occasion of his 96th birthday today, let us have a look at the major royalty? feud, he had with Lata Mangeshkar, which was still the talk of records.
In the early ₹60s, Indian music had gone through a revolution due to the revolutionary singers including Rafi, late Kishor Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and others.
Songs sung by these singers were getting praised by the people and money was being generated by selling countless records. Lata Mangeshkar at that every instance had proposed a royalty agreement, under which singers could claim half of the 5% royalty entitled by the music producers for a song, which they had sung for a particular film.
Mangeshkar asked Rafi for his support on the agreement and he refused by saying, Singers association with the song ends when producer pays the money; it is a one-time thing.
However, it was said that Mangeshkar took it as an offence and declared that she won’t work with Rafi in future.
Music director late Jaikishan, then came to rescue. Mangeshkar and Rafi called for a truce and the duo worked together after that.
They gave major hits including Aaja Teri Yaad Aaye, Yeh Dil Tum Bin, and many more.
When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years
Nightingale of India, late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. So much so that the Queen of Melody would also tie rakhi to the latter. She was among the close ones who visited the late actor during his last days. But do you know the reason why their relation had gone sour, as a result of which they did not speak for 13 long years?
The story dates back to the time when Lata Mangeshkar was to sing ‘Laagin Naahi Chhute’ for the film Musafir, in 1957. At that time, Kumar told music composer Anil Biswas, “The Urdu of Marathis (Maharashtrians) is like dal and rice.” This offended the veteran singer, after which she decided to hone her Urdu speaking skills.
After 13 years when they met in 1970, the veteran singer remarked, “You know, Yusuf saab, I’d always heard you loathed me for being one up on you while recording the Laagi Naahin Chhute Rama duet with you in Musafir. But I only sang the way I can’t help singing any number.”
To this, Kumar gleefully asserted, “It’s precisely because you can’t help singing the way you do that my family and I adore you! How possibly could I loathe a voice so heavenly!”
On February 6, 2022, due to COVID-induced prolonged illness, the illustrious singer passed away in Mumbai.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) July 7, 2021
‘Even Modiji can’t finish my political career:’ Pankaja Munde
BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wouldn’t be able to end her political career if she lived in people’s hearts and minds. Munde said the same on Tuesday while addressing a public rally — part of PM Modi’s birthday celebrations for a fortnight across Maharashtra — at Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district.
Munde said, “If I live in people’s mind and heart, even Modiji cannot end my political career… Dynasty politics has been prevailing in the Congress party. Modiji, however, wants to end the dynasty rule… I hail from a political family, but if I live in your mind and heart, nobody will be able to finish (end the career) me. If I live in people’s minds and hearts, even Modiji cannot finish my political career.”