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Each had their competition and each of them is a legend... Both have sorted their ways out and let bygones be bygones.. But Rafi Sahab's son wants to dig old graves and get into the limelight... Cheap...
Rafi Sahib's biggest competition was Kishore Kumar. I am a fan of Rafi Sahib and Kishore Da, so for Rafi Sahib's son to say his father had no competition is a bit high strung. I feel there were certain songs which Kishore sang that Rafi ji would not be able to do justice do and vice versa. I can't imagine chaudvin ka chand in Kishore's voice. I personally think Rafi sahib had competition in the form of Mukesh as well. In fact I know more of the male singers of that era than I do female. Asha sang a different genre so I can't compare her to Lata, while Mukesh, Kishore and Rafi sang the same genre. I will not comment on the letter issue as I am not privy to it.
The problem between Lataji and Rafi Sb arose due to royality issue. Lataji was of openion that singers should receive royality for reuse of songs for different albums as the music company does. Rafi sb was of the openion that the singer should not as he is not a part of any loss if the song or album does bad so he cannot be part of the profit as well. They sang togather after a span of I guess 3-4 years. Now did anyone apologise? I don't know. But I think it is uncalled for from a legend like Lataji to bring an issue like this now when Rafisb is no more. Also it is foolish on part of Shahid to make a stupid comment on the credibility of Lataji as a singer.
Edited on:27 September 2012 at 9:02am
i feel rafi's son is right and lata ji did have competition also from equal singers like geeta dutt,shamshad begum and people who say kishore is better singer--i get shocked there is no comparison i can compare rafi saab with mana dey and heman da though ,but point is all r legends and lata shouldnt belittle rafi saab as he is only one in industry with any controversies while lata had fight with we know almost everyone--including even great music directors like SD Burman
Both Mohd. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar are legends! I don't think any of us are even in a position to criticize any one of them,about anything!
also, its wrong to say that Lata Mangeshkar had competetion from the singers named by Rafi saab's son! absolutely ridiculus! Please! The only person with whom she had sm amt of competetion was Asha ji, and even Asha ji admits that "Didi is a better singer than me". When it comes to talent, there are no two words about Lata Mangeshkar! No one, I repeat no one can compete with her in the singing department!
However. Mohd Rafi, did have competetors , the greatest of them being Kishore Kumar. Also Hemanta, Manna Dey.However between Mohd. Rafi and Kishore Kumar, its really difficult to say who was the greater singer. I personally think Kishore Kumar had a better voice quality, while Rafi saab definitely scored over Kishore in the classical genre!
What I want to say is, there might be a debate as to who was the best male singer, but there can be no debate about the female one! Hands down-Lata Mangeshkar!
I know she was competetive, and yes, she and Asha Ji had several problems between them, professional as well as personal. But when it comes to talent, sorry, no one beats Lata Mangeshkar.
I have no idea abt the letter,etc. I know Rafi saab was a great man, and a very honest and simple man.
however for his son to say that probably Lata Mangeshkar who is above 80 years of age is jealous of Rafi saab's fan following ( becoz thats what he meant, the interview is recent, and he feels Lataji is now jealous of Rafi saab's fans) is really outrageous and ridiculus!
Lata ji might not be right about the letter, I don't know! But the comment by Rafi Saab's son is so immatured and kiddish!
Edited on:27 September 2012 at 3:26am
Lata is one person who has envied her sister Asha's career too... that let me not even speak about it.. She being insecure of her own sister, and crossing all boundaries and limits as a person.. to her own blood (be it Asha or Usha) would be worse to others right...
Whereas Rafi Saab.. is not like that.. He is indeed the one whom God resides in... n sad to say.. not LM - she is no nightingale.. or devi goddess.. sorry to say, i can never accept that she is Maa Saraswati n all...
Edited on:27 September 2012 at 1:52am
I have no idea regarding whatever happened in the past. This matter shouldn't have been raised as Rafi sahab is no more. Both of them are legends and I love their songs. My fav is Kishor da though.
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