A museum to showcase Mohammed Rafi in Kerala

Thirty Six years after his life abruptly turned into a haunting memory for millions of his fans, a museum is coming up to commemorate Rafi at Kozhikode in Kerala.

The Kozhikode-based Mohammed Rafi Foundation announced the museum on December 24, the singer’s birth anniversary. Every December 24, the foundation holds a Rafi Nite on the historic Kozhikode beach. Thousands of fans, mostly porters, hairdressers, autorickshaw drivers, and small traders, show up, to listen to songs sung by well-known ‘Rafi singers.’ 

“It will contain rare photos, albums, LP records and whatever memorabilia we can get hold of.” All his songs would be available at the museum so that fans can walk in, select their favourite song and listen to it in specially made listening slots. They can also get their favourite songs recorded.

The Rs. 25-lakh project would be the first of its kind to commemorate Rafi. The building to house the museum was provided by the heirs of the late Jaffer Khan, businessman and philanthropist.

Rafi had performed live in the city in 1966 and 1973. At the 1973 event, when Rafi rendered Duniyake rakhwaale... thousands of ecstatic fans had rushed to the stage to express their devotion to the singer.

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