Google has today dedicated a doodle to a renowned playback singer of the Indian Cinema – Mohammed Rafi – on the occasion of his 93rd birthday. The Google Doodle illustrates Mohammed Rafi recording a playback, and actors like Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna, for whom Rafi sang. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card
Rafi has nearly five thousand songs to his credit across a range of genres (including romantic ballads, rock and roll, and classical music) and languages (including Hindi, English, Arabic, Persian, Sinhalese, Creole, and Dutch). Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
One of his most famous numbers, ‘Chaudhvi ka Chand’ won him his first Filmfare award in 1960, to be followed by five more. In 1977 he was awarded the National Award for ‘Kya Hua Tera Wada’. He was feted by the Indian government with the Padma Shri in 1967. Also Read - Google celebrates Hollywood actor, singer and dancer Shirley Temple with animated Doodle
But of course, Mohammed Rafi wasn’t always the king of playback as we know him today. In the early 1930’s, he was a little boy named Pheeko, who would wait for a traveling fakir to stop by his home village of Kotla Sultan Singh and follow him on his rounds, imitating his chants as they went along. Later, living in the cultural and film hub of Lahore, Pheeko hummed songs during work at a relative’s barber shop. Customers noticed his talent – as did his brother, who arranged for Pheeko to train under Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan in the face of immense opposition from their father. But, he went through, and grew up to be Mohammed Rafi.
Today’s Doodle is credited to a Mumbai-based illustrator named Sajid Shaikh.