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Sunday, May 02, 2010 6:48:39 AM (IST)  

Dubai : Mohd Rafi Comes Alive with Tagore Das

Dubai : Mohd Rafi Comes Alive with Tagore Das
by Shodhan Prasad
Pics by Ramcy Fernandes & Ashok Belman (Gulf Kannadiga)
Daijiworld Media Network - UAE

Dubai, May 2: Janab Mohammed Rafi passed away on July 31, 1980 leaving his golden melodies as memories for his countless fans.  But his fans who assembled at the crowded Sh. Raashid Auditorium Dubai never felt that their hero is no more living.  This is only because they could hear the legend performing live on the stage for continuously for three hours in the role of one and only ditto Rafi singer, sensational Tagore Das who emerged with sheer talent to sing just like the late Mohd Rafi and has kept his voice alive all these years. His performance through out the programme kept the audience mesmerizing and toe tapping until the last minute with in between requests for ‘once more’ and ‘once more’.

The evening started exactly at around 7.20 pm with opening up of the programme and lighting the lamp by the sponsors.  Denzil Fernandes the one and only organizer of the show presented a mega programme which was worth watching.  The duo Master of Ceremonies RJ Sahil of Radio Mirchi Mangalore and RJ Shobana of Radio Spice 105.4 FM Dubai who shared the stage and kept the audience on their toes with their brilliant on stage control of the audience through out the programme.  RJ Sahil held the audience in his control communicating them in pure Urdu, Kannada,Tulu, Malyalam, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and Beary language through out the programme every time sensationally and pleasing.  He really made the show shine brilliantly with ease and flow.  Never the less Shobana supported him in her very possible ways.

The classic programme ‘Dubai ke ik Shaam Rafi Ke Naam’ started with oldies from the films of the famous Rajendra Kumar’s to Shammi Kappor, Biswajeet to ShashiKapoor, Rajesh Khanna to Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra to Amitabh Bachhan.  People enjoyed the melodious ‘Ye phoolon ki raaani baharon kimalikan’, Aaj purani raahome koi muje aawaz na de’, ‘Ham khaale he tho kya huva diol wale hey’, Yeh mera prem part padkar’, Pardha hey pardha’, ‘Oh meri mehbooba’, ‘Yeh reshmi zulfen’, Yeh duniyaan Yeh Mehfil Mere Kaam ki nahin, ‘Ankhom me ahonka ishara’, ‘Madhuban me raadhika naache re’, Ah ha aaja ah ha aja’, ‘Hum tumse juda honge’, etc., with simultaneous beautiful video presentation via screen on both sides of the stage showing clips of late Mohd Rafi’s performances and clips which was arranged by Dinesh Correa.

Tagore Das learnt classical music and musical instruments like harmonium, tabla, guitar and the like. He bagged many prizes for music and drama in school and inter-collegiate competitions at the state level.  At the age of 15, he started singing Rafi’s songs. In 1973, he was awarded the title “Mohd Rafi of South India” in Kerala. In 1996, India’s legendary singer P B Srinivas recognized him as the ‘reincarnation of Rafi’.  He has been appreciated by famous Bollywood music directors like Shankar Jaikishan , Nausad Ali, and Ravindra Jain . His live music concert at Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, Bangalore, in 1986 was well-appreciated by the cricketers of the Indian team.  His voice being similar to Rafi is aptly called ‘Rafi Ditto’.  He is well-versed in playing many musical instruments and is a music composer too.

In 35 years of performances, he has staged moe than 6,000 music concerts in India and abroad with pure dedication. His systematic, methodical, and perfect performance has brought him laurels everywhere.   To mark Rafi’s 28th death anniversary, a non-stop 12-hour record breaking show was organized under the banner of ‘Taraana Association Mangalore/ Udupi’ at Syndicate Bank Golden Jubilee Hall on 19 July, 2008, titled ‘Subah-O-Shaam Rafi Tere Naam’.

Tagore Das is a rare and special artiste and a proud Mangalorian who specializes in all of Rafi’s songs without referring to the written lyrics by heart.  His international concerts have been appreciated by all expatriate Indians and the locals and it is a real treat to listen to Das who brings back all that is great and well-known about the legendary Mohd Rafi. 

The concert was melodiously supported by co-singers, the famous Anita D’Souza a well known singer from Mangalore who actually is a professor by profession but has a passion for music who gave beautiful numbers like ‘Ayega Ayega Ayega Aane Wala’, ‘Aja Aja Main Hun Pyaar tera’, etc., and also supported by the famous Zee Antakshari winner RJ Shobana singing ‘Ankhon hi anhonme ishara hogaya’,

It is unfortunate that a dedicated great singer like Tagore Das did not get the required recognition he deserved which others in close vicinity of Bollywood have received.  However he was widely known as the Mohd Rafi of South India.  Denzil presented him a memento at the end and honoured him again as Mohd Rafi of South India.  A simple and honest man Tagore still leads a simple life wholly dedicated to the great legend of yesteryears.

Never the less we will still have more opportunities to hear Tagore Das in Dubai with future programme to come as said by Denzil Fernandes who proved to be a successful one man organizer to present such a beautiful melodious programme in this part of the world which left the audience return home entertained with full pack of entertainment combined with sheer pleasure.

All the sponsors including the media sponsors were called upon on the stage and honoured.  Also the troupe were introduced and honoured including Tagore Das his musicians and the Manger Ivan D’Souza. The programme ended with vote of thanks by the organizer himself, Denzil Fernandes.

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Comments on this article
Anil Kumar, Shivabagh, Kadri
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Congrates Sahil, Good oppertunity and heard you attained it successfuly.All the best, keep rocks.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

VOW......What a programme. Great report by Shodhan Prasad and pics by Ashok Belman. Salute to ONE MAN SHOW Denzil. No hitches, superb sound quality, Tagore Das Mesmerized especially PARDA HAIN PARDA and ANITA I loved AYEGA AYEGA AANE WALA superb!!We were dancing on Hum KAALE Hain toh......Kya Sama bandha aapne. Sahil South ke hokar bhi kya grip hain Hindi par. Shobhna was the spice. Hey this programme is etched in our memory. Thanks Denzil. We want more.

sahill zaheer,
Monday, May 03, 2010

I Salute all my well wishers for the love and support in Dubai..  Bahoth dhoor hai hamare ghar se tumare ghar ka kinara par Dubai k hawa k har jhonke se puch lethe hain kya haal hai tumara...thats wat am doing after reading all the comments with so much love and support...Thanks a lot so glad, hope it will the same always Insha allah..and i will be back once again on 14th in Dubai..Spl thanks for Mr.Denzil and Mr Walter...

ivan & tagoredas, udupi
Monday, May 03, 2010

Thank u dear anil haneef & razak for all the help during our stay at Dubai.we look forward to see u when you visit india.

ivan & tagoredas, udupi
Sunday, May 02, 2010

we thank you Denzil for the wonderful arrangements & hospitality extended to us during our stay at dubai. we felt homely.we hope u will give us opportunities to perform in such events in future also.

ivan & tagoredas, udupi
Sunday, May 02, 2010

we thank you for the wonderful arragements & hospitality extended to us during our stay at dubai. we felt homely.we hope u will give us oopurtunities to perform in such events in future also.

Sunil D'cunha, Mangalore/England, U.K
Sunday, May 02, 2010

I can recall watching & listening Mr.Tagore das mallya at town hall Mangalore in 1989 and it was really good.
I wish some one had uploaded video in youtube of his latest show.

Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe/Dubai
Sunday, May 02, 2010

And there it was. A superb concoction of song, music and Shayari. The crowd cheered to the sweet voices of Tagore, Anita and Shobna blended with the authentic score from Pappan and the masterful MCing by Sahil.

Although - true to our Indian ritual - the gig started one hour late but that was not organizers’ fault. If we come on time, the show would start on time as the artistes need an audience to get into the groove. This concert, once it took off, there was no looking back. More than 3 hours of sheer Rafi. The sound was impeccable, the ambience just appropriate. All credit goes to Denzil Fernandes who has single-handedly conceived and managed this event. He has an uncanny knack of doing it right. For a Mangalorean, he has outdone everybody else, hands down. We can expect in the near future (as it was overheard) more mega events on the same ‘old’ theme.

In singing department, people wished there were more duets with Anita. She has a beautiful Hindi filmi voice. However, the most mention-worthy ingredient for the success was the compering by our ace RJ/DJ Sahil who with his unique mastery in Shayari delivery, transformed the entire quiescent audience into ecstatically boisterous mob. We simply loved it. It really went well with the kind of music being played. I hope Denzil will not forget Sahil in his next Indian venture. Sahil has made his debut with a double century.

The auditorium air-conditioning was too cold. But it didn’t matter. The songs were hot !

Abdul Majid Hyder, Kolambe, Udupi/Dubai
Sunday, May 02, 2010

It was a wonderful show organised by Mr. Denzil. It was a remarkable night. Hope to see such more events in future. Good compering by Sahil, Shobna & Tagore Das.

riyaz, dubai
Sunday, May 02, 2010

hey zaheer it was cool performance
remember airport school bajpe.
best of luck

Rizwan, Mangalore/Dubai
Sunday, May 02, 2010

It was a wonderful evening full of old melodies. Great job done Mr. Denzil. We look forward to your organizing programmes such as "Dubai Ke shaam, Mukesh ke naame" and "Dubai ke shaam Kishor ke naam" God bless you all.

Sarvotham Shetty, Pareeka - Abu Dhabi
Sunday, May 02, 2010

Dear Denzil,
Well organised programme. Good compering by Sahil & Shobna.

Ashok Anchan, Udyavara/Sharjah
Sunday, May 02, 2010

A beautiful musical concert organised by Mr. Denzil. Iam really enjoyed every Rafi's songs sung by Mr.Tagore & Party.I want to wish Mr. Sahil Zahid. He was lively & thrilling throught the show.Thanks once again Mr.Denzil..keep it up..

Sathish Ullal, Ullal, Mangalore / Dubai
Sunday, May 02, 2010

Mr. Saheel, Yenchina paathera yeerna. Your compeering Embraced me. "Naavu eleyaru geleyaru Hrudaya hoovina hundara, Naale naave naada hiriyaru, namma kanasidu sundara. Hindu, Muslim, Christha rellarig_Onde bharatha mandira, Shaanthi dhoothanu, Gandhi thaathanu, yedeya baanina chandira" you sung well. I learned this song when i was in 2nd standard. you took me back to my school age. Same way, Ooruda munchi, kattada kori,..Oorudakle_g namaskara, Nan_kale maikalthe alkkaar...So made me proud of you. Goddess Saraswathi blessed you. Keep-up Saheel. well done. No comments on Gokul Das & the program was marvellous. Mr. Denzil, other people should learn from you how to conduct the programs. It was a great evening.

Abdul Razak(dewa), Mangalore/Dubai
Sunday, May 02, 2010

A wonderful event. Tagoredas & his team's non-stop entertainment kept audience stunned. Anyone who listens to hindi film music will always remember Rafi, and his legacy will always be honoured. It is Mr. Tagore, who did perfect justice to the great singer's unforgettable renderings. Tagore's range and malleability made Rafi's voice alive. Hats off to Mr.Denzil for organizing such a great show. Hope to see such more events in future Mr.Denzil.

Refai goonadka Dubai, sullia
Sunday, May 02, 2010

congrats zaheer..

Sunday, May 02, 2010

FANTASTIC is the word we can use for this concluded Event. People enjoyed the complete show. Mr.TAGORE DAS entertained us with his amazing energy.Anitha Sampson and Shobhana entertained full crowd with their role with Tagore Das. I want to mention special here about the RJ,VJ,COMPERE MR.SAHIL ZAHID. He is sensational with his SHAYARIS and words he used. We are very proud of him. CHEERS TO MR.DENZIL for organising such a beautiful event.

Irshad, Kaup/Dubai
Sunday, May 02, 2010

Wonderfull coverage by DAIJIWORLD!MABROOK!!! Zaheer,"TUSI GREAT HO" Here is once again, the dashing young man Sahil [Zaheer]He adds life to the programmes in which he participates.He is well known inthe southof India,specially he is the "HEARTHROB" of Mangalore.I know this young man has good talents & has passion to learn newthings. Wishing him all the best & success for all his future endeavours.

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