Let the magic recharge with R for Rafi!(Like that show K for Kishore) But had it been J-Pop or K-Pop, I would have skipped L and come here instead, like wandering in the sea like Odysseus in the Odyssey or falling in Wonderland like Alice, due to the fact that the Japanese have no L in their alphabet and thus turn it into R, because they are facing difficulty in saying L, and the Koreans do have L in their alphabet, but they use the same character for R and L, like it sounds more like R in initial and L in final, like ramyeon and hangeul. And both the Japanese and Koreans say lemon as remon and Lebanon as Rebanon. But if you do this in Rafi’s world, that would be ridiculous. But look at the magic of the letter R, begins so many magical words, such as refresh, revitalize, recharge, reborn, renaissance, rejuvenate, return, and reverse, and can be pronounced differently in different languages, like Rafi could change the tone of his voice depending on the mood, genre, and actor of the song, like a chameleon could change its color depending on its place, or even Aladdin’s Genie could change his form and character. So refresh yourselves with these rocking, ravishing tracks!
Rukh Se Zara Naqab-Mere Huzoor(1968): Jeetendra serenades Mala Sinha’s beauty amd attitude in the train with Rafi’s rich, soft, suave voice and Shankar-Jaikishan’s soothing tunes. And see that burkha on Mala.
Rimjhim Ke Geet Sawan-Anjana(1969): Rajendra Kumar and Babita romance in the rain with this sparkly, glittery Laxmikant-Pyarelal thunderstorm.
Rut Hai Milan Ki-Mela(1971): Sanjay Khan and Mumtaz romance this jolly R. D. Burman aura in the magical, shimmery, mist.
Raahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta-Dosti(1964): There goes blind Sudhir Kumar again, expressing his thoughts and worries with this reasonable, philosophical Laxmikant-Pyarelal track. And Rafi’s voice is so clear and liquid as water.
Ramaiya Vastavaiya-Shree 420(1956): One of the greatest classics I used to listen on my cassette in my early childhood days. Feisty, jolly Shankar-Jaikishan spice from the roots of raga Bhairavi.
Radhike Tune Bansuri-Beti Bete(1964): Another classic from those cassette days. Sunil Dutt conducts this jolly, magical, classical, devotional song based on raga Adana by Shankar-Jaikishan, and also acts out that Krishna-Radha scene with B. Saroja Devi. Feels like an opera-type song. But don’t even confuse the bansuri with the Korean pansori, a type of classical music. But see the similarities between those words?
Rut Beqarar Hai-Maa Aur Mamta(1971): Jeetendra and Mumtaz romance in the garden with this lovely, soft, light Laxmikant-Pyarelal beauty. Reminds me of a song of a K-Drama love story, for that soft, sensational love. This duet is so lovely that I can’t even cover my ears from it or leave the page. Feels like a bed of roses glazed with bits of gold foil.
Raha Gardishon Mein Hardam-Do Badan(1966): Blind Manoj Kumar is detached from Asha Parekh, who wants to marry him but is married to Pran instead as ordered by her dad, as he croons this serious Ravi composition on raga Darbari in such a critical condition.
Roshan Tumhi Se Duniya-Parasmani(1963): Mahipal gets impressed by Geetanjali’s dancing in this jolly, classical song from the debut of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. So rich, smooth, soft, suave, liquid voice, just like hot chocolate or custard pudding.
Rehne Do Gile Shikwe-Rakhwala(1971): Dharmendra and Leena Chandavarkar flirt in this lightly classical duet from Kalyanji-Anandji.
Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat-Ghazal(1964): Sunil Dutt tries to express his love and desires as much as he can as Meena Kumari has lost her voice, like Ariel in the Little Mermaid when she sang for Ursula, with this soothing Madan Mohan beauty.
Rang Rang Ke Phool Khile-Aan Milo Sajna(1970): Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh enjoy the harvest of this Laxmikant-Pyarelal nature. Similar to Matwala Jiya Dole Piya.
Raat Ke Humsafar-An Evening in Paris(1967): Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore promenade the lit streets of Paris in the lovely night, as the title says, with Shankar-Jaikishan as the music directors.
Raat Suhani Jaag Rahi Hai-Jigri Dost(1969): Jeetendra and Mumtaz waltz together in this soft, fairytale dream sequence of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. What a lovely, irresistible duet it is…
Reshma Jawan Ho Gayi-Mome Ki Gudiya(1972): This song, a peppy one picturized on Ratan Kumar serenading Tanuja in the garden with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s score, is bound to be an exception, since the first verse is “Ladki Punjab ki, mauj chinab ki…”, you can sing this “R” song when given L in antakshari. And that R/L issue isn’t just Japanese or Korean, even in Latin, there come many adjectives ending with -al and -ar, like classical, musical, and whimsical, but solar, lunar, stellar. R and L seem to be close almost everywhere. Fascinating.
Raaz-E-Dil Unse Chhupaya Na Gaya-Apna Banake Dekho(1962): This light, lifting Ravi composition is meant to depict Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh in a garden laden with flowers or something, but too bad the movie got lost or something, that it can never be seen, but still heard.
Roothe Rab Ko Manana-Majboor(1974): Amitabh Bachchan and Parveen Babi get on the beach and hear this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal qawwali.
Rimjhim Ke Tarane Leke Aayi Barsaat-Kala Bazaar(1960): Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman walk in the rain with this S. D. Burman umbrella, like “Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua”.
Ram Tu Sab Ka Rakhwala-Chhota Bhai(1966): “God, you’re the protector of everything!” Speaking of gods, this Laxmikant-Pyarelal bhajan reminds me of Greek gods especially, like Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, and I feel Rafi sir to be a Greek god, well, Greek god of Indian singing, because of his rich, powerful, epic, dynamic, heroic, booming voice. Reminds me of Percy Jackson too. And I really saw a video of him singing this song live.
Raat Bhar Ka Hai Mehman Andhera-Sone Ki Chidiya(1958): This is a poignant, haunting song, from O. P. Nayyar’s score, that creeps me out with those ghosts, ghouls, monsters, aliens, and all that stuff, makes me want to follow my nightmares. Feels like a Halloween-type song, like Goosebumps or Hotel Transylvania, or even anything Gothic.
Ruk Jaa O Sajnu-Dupatta(1969): This is a jolly Punjabi song that reminds me of “Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai”.
Rajeshwari O Parmeshwari-Dil Ka Raja(1972): Raaj Kumar and Leena Chandavarkar swoon in the waterfall with this light, refreshing Panchamda track. Feels like an aquarium trip or something.
Rekha O Rekha Jab Se Tumhe Dekha-Adhikar(1971): Nope, the heroine of this peppy Panchamda treat isn’t Rekha herself but Tabassum, and the guy is Brahmachari. They’re side characters cycling in the park, but Rafi’s voice has made it popular.
Raju Ka Tha Ek Khwab-Raja Saab(1969): The charming Shashi Kapoor broods around with this Kalyanji-Anandji track.
Rabba Ve Teriyan Beparvaiyan-Kankan De Ohle(1971): This Punjabi song is another poignant one, to face the toughest situations of life…
Raaton Ka Raja Hoon Main-Raaton Ka Raja(1971): What a rocking Panchamda track with some Latino flair, where Dheeraj Kumar, the raaton ka raja, sings his song in the nightclub. I remember seeing him in “Ka Karoon Sajni”.
Resham Ki Dori-Sajan(1969): Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh hang out in the gardens with this romantic duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Rahen Na Rahen Hum-Mamta(1966): One of the greatest classics from Roshan, picturized on Dharmendra and Suchitra Sen, and it’s a philosophical one. Go get a life!
Raaton Ki Siyahi Hai Aur Din Ka Ujala Hai-Raat Andheri Thi(1967): Feroz Khan speaks of the dark night and bright day in this Usha Khanna score. Opposites, huh? Like “Tu Mere Saamne Hai”, “Jaag Dil-E-Deewana”, “Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho”, and many others I can’t resist, but there are a few songs I really can’t stand, but I won’t mention their names. Or kinda like Yin Yang.
Raqqasa Mera Naam-The Great Gambler(1979): Panchamda’s cabaret song featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman, with some Arabian flair.
Re Mamma Re Mamma Re-Andaz(1971): I remember listening to this playful Shankar-Jaikishan song on my cassette in my early elementary school days. And Shammi Kapoor insists that little girl that they would go shopping and buy some goodies. Now, I feel like going to H-Mart and buying some noodles, cake, jelly straws, ramune, and such cool stuff.
Rani Nacho-Love in Bombay(1973): What a jolly, rambunctious, Arabian Shankar-Jaikishan melody of dancing with the stars, especially Joy Mukherjee and Waheeda Rehman in the lead. This movie was not quite released then, but it was discovered a year after Joy’s demise in 2012.
Roka Kai Baar Maine-Mere Sanam(1965): Biswajeet and Asha Parekh romance in the open nature with this lightly classical duet from O. P. Nayyar.
Ruk Ruk Chamke-Pehli Raat(1959): Jolly, shaky Ravi spice featuring Johnny Walker.
Raat Jhoomti Dil Ko Choomti-Reporter Raju(1962): What a fairytale song of Feroz Khan and Jeevan Kala in the play!
Rome Ki Wadiyon Se-Spy in Rome(1968): “Rome, roaming in Rome!” Feels like Shankar-Jaikishan-type song, but it’s actually from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, but the tune reminds me of “Yeh Sama Sama Hai” from Jab Jab Phool Khile.
Rangat Teri Surat Si-Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai(1969): Shammi and Babita romance in the twilight drizzle with this soft, light duet from Shankar-Jaikishan.
Ramji Ki Nikli Sawari-Sargam(1979): Jive into this feisty dandiya bhajan from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s magic with Rishi Kapoor!
But can you guess what the R in Rafi also stands for? That is, richness, just like milk, cream, butter, chocolate, caramel, custard, silk, tea, you name it. But can also be rambunctious at times, like peppy, shaky, and neon colors. And also a Romeo, like from Romeo and Juliet, for his charming, loving, irresistible, yet epic, heroic, dynamic voice. Even a rocking voice that we would love to hear. R stands for respect, that we love his voice and his songs and compliment with love and kindness, and pay tribute in many different forms and ways. And it really felt challenging, for I decided to list down as many songs as I could think of, instead of limiting to just one, unlike the others, including sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and Achal Rangaswamy. But I’d still like to credit them for giving me ideas and inspiring and influencing me to make my alphabets, yet listing a lot of songs per letter feels like a growth mindset, an infinite garden, a magical world, like Hogwarts, Narnia, Wonderland, you name it. And hope you guys enjoyed reading this epic post, thanks for reading!