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Mohammed Rafi Wiki, Age, Biography, Children, Wife, Family, Death & More

Mohammed Rafi was an Indian playback singer. He was born on 24th December 1924 and died on 31st July 1980. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential singers of the Indian Subcontinent.


Rafi was notable for his voice, versatility, and range; his songs were varied from fast peppy numbers to patriotic songs, sad numbers to highly romantic songsqawwalis to ghazals and bhajans to classical tunes. He was known for his ability to mold his voice to an actor’s persona and style, lip-syncing the song on screen in the movie.

Ek pardesi mera dil le gaya.. Phagun 1958 Rafi & Asha Bhosle


Real NameMohammed Rafi
ProfessionalPlayback Singer, Musician,
Performer, Qawwali Singer
Date of Birth24 December 1924
Date of Death31 July 1980
Place of DeathMumbai, Maharashtra
Cause of deathHeart- Attack
Age (at time of death)55 years
BirthplaceKotla Sultan Singh, Punjab, British India (present-day Punjab, India)
Zodiac signCapricorn
HometownKotla Sultan Singh, Punjab, British India (present-day Punjab, India)
SignatureMohammed Rafi Signature
Total number of songs (approx)7,500 

Physical Appearance

Height (approx)in centimetres- 170 cm
in meter- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’7”
Weight (approx)in Kilogram- 85 kg
in pounds- 187 lbs
Eyes ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack

Family, Parents, Siblings

Marital StatusMarried
Wife/ Spouse(s)
Basheera Bibi (1st wife)
Bilquis Ban (2nd wife)
ChildrenSon- 3
Saeed (from 1st wife)
Khalid (from 2nd wife)
Hamid (from 2nd wife)
Sahid (from 2nd wife)

Mohammed Rafi with his son

Daughter- 3
Parveen (from 2nd wife)
Yashmin (from 2nd wife)
Nashreen (from 2nd wife)
ParentsFather- Hajji Ali Mohammed
Mother- Allahrakhi Bai

Mohammed Rafi with father & children
SiblingsBrother- 5
Mohammed safi
Mohammed Deen
Mohammed Ismail
Mohammed Ibrahim
Mohammed Siddique

Mohammed Rafi Brothers

Sister- 2
Chirag Babi
Reshma Babi
Mohammed Rafi's family tree
Mohammed Rafi’s family tree


Rafi’s first song with Naushad was “Hindustan Ke Hum Hain” with Shyam Kumar, Alauddin, and others. Kardar’s Pehle Aap (1944). Around the same time, Rafi recorded another song for the 1945 film Gaon Ki Gori, “Aji Dil Ho Kaaboo Mein.” He considered this song to be his first Hindi language song.


  • He received six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award.
  • In 1967, he was honored with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. 
Mohammed Rafi receiving Padma Shri award by the Government of India 1967
  • In 2001, Rafi was honored with the “Best Singer of the Millennium” title by Hero Honda and Stardust Magazine.
  • In 2013, Rafi was voted for the Greatest Voice in Hindi Cinema in the CNN-IBN’s poll.

Favorite Things

Favorite ActorsKishore Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and Rishi Kapoor
Favorite ActressesMadhubala, Rekha, Sadhna and Nargis Dutt
Favorite SingersK. L Saigal, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, and Manna Dey
Favorite ColoursBrown, Red and White

Money Factor

Salary (approx) $20-30 Millions


Mohammed Rafi learned classical music from Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Pandit Jiwan Lal Mattoo, and Firoze Nizami. His first public performance came at the age of 13 when he sang in Lahore featuring K. L. Saigal.

Mohammed Rafi 2016 stamp of India
Rafi on a 2016 stamp of India

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