Google Doodle pays tribute to legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi on his 93rd birthday today. Mohammed Rafi was born on December 24, 1924, in the village of Kotla Sultan Singh in Punjab which is now in Pakistan. Mohammed Rafi is one of the most successful and most popular playback singers of Indian cinema and is remembered for singing some of the everlasting and iconic songs. He was noted for his voice and versatility and he sang songs ranging from ghazals to qawwalis to bhajans, patriotic songs as well as sad lamentations. He was known to mould his voice to match the persona of the actor who would be acting it out on the silver screen. Today, on his birthday Google has paid tribute to his singing talent with a Google Doodle.

Mohammed Rafi received six Filmfare Awards and one National Award in his lifetime. He was honoured with Padma Shri in 1967 by the Government of India. Mohammed Rafi sang around 7,405 songs in several Indian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Odia, Maithili, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Konkani, Magahi and Bhojpuri. Other than Indian languages he also sang songs in English, Farsi, Arabic, Sinhalese, Creole and Dutch. Google Birthday Surprise Spinner Celebrates 19 Years Of Search Engine: How To Play Some Of The Most Interesting Google Doodle Games

Mohammed Rafi had learnt classical music from Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Pandit Jiwan Lal Mattoo and Firoze Nizami. He first performed in front of the public at the tender age of 13 when he sang in Lahore featuring KL Saigal. Mohammed Rafi made his debut in Lahore as a playback singer in 1941 under Shyam Sundar as a playback singer in the duet “Soniye Nee, Heeriye Nee” with Zeenat Begum in the Punjabi film Gul Baloch which was released in 1944. Mohammed Rafi was invited by the All India Radio Lahore Station to sing for them in the same year he made his debut. Dr Rukhmabai Bhimrao Raut Honoured With a Google Doodle on her 153rd Birthday, Know All About the Woman Who Brought Age of Consent Act Into Force

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Mohammed Rafi had a very successful playback career in Bollywood and some of the songs that he sang are still popular and have become a classic. Mohammed Rafi associated with many contemporary music directors most notably Naushad Ali, OP Nayyar, Shankar Jaikishan, SD Burman and Roshan. Mohammad Rafi was a regular singing voice for Dev Anand and Guru Dutt under music director SD Burman.