Tagore Das—Keeping Mohd Rafi’s Voice Alive

Mangalore, Feb 3

Thirty years have passed since the great playback singer of Bollywood Janab Mohammed Rafi passed away on July 31, 1980 leaving his golden melodies as memories for his countless fans. 

However, sensational singer Tagore Das emerged with sheer talent to sing just like the late Mohd Rafi and has kept his voice alive all these years. He has attracted huge audiences with his classic programme ‘Ek Shaam Rafi Ke Naam’. 

From childhood, 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, Das 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 over 6,000 music concerts in India and abroad with 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’.

Das sang the golden hits of Rafi for 12 hours without referring to any written script from 2 pm on 19 July, 2008, to 2 am on 20 July, 2008, and created a new national record. The programme was sponsored by Syndicate Bank and ‘Udayavani’, Manipal.  

The programme was inaugurated at 1.45 pm by Gautam Pai, executive director, Manipal Media Network, along with honourable guests Jerry Vincent Dias of Mandavi Promoters and Developers, Pramod, general manager of Syndicate Bank , Ashfaq, businessman of Udupi. 

Secretary of Taraana Association Ivan D’Souza, as well as conveners of the programme Ganesh Nayak and Dr Ravindranath Shanbogue were present on the occasion.  

Das began the concert at 2 pm with ‘Jaanewale Kabhi Nahi Aate’ followed by ‘Ye Reshmi Zulfe’ (‘Do Raaste’), and all other hits from ‘Kashmir ki Kali’, ‘Dil Tera Deewana’, ‘Asli Nakli’ , ‘Hum Dono’, ‘Sasural’ , ‘Chowdhwin Ka Chaand’, ‘Baiju Baawra’, ‘Basant Bahar’, and ‘Kohinoor’ amongst others. 

His excellent performance and his golden voice enthralled the audience. A variety of songs which included ‘ghazals’, classical songs, sentimental songs, and fast numbers were presented.  

Das is a rare and special artiste who only comes by once in a lifetime. This son of Mangalore, Tagore Das, who specializes in all of Rafi’s songs can sing in any style as the occasion demands.  

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. 

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Comment on this article


    Tue, Jun 15 2010

    l am a great fan of Moh'd Rafi's songs.I only wish Tagore Das comes to my country to fullfil my wish.


    Fri, Feb 05 2010

    I have heard Tagore and I know him very well. He is really a great artist. Unfortunately, he did not get the required recognition. Had he from a place like Mumbai or Poona, he would have got more opportunities. He was invited as a guest and Judge for Inter Collegiate Variety Entertainment Competition during my tenure in Rotaract Club Mangalore Central. He has a complete knowledge in Music. I wish him good luck and would like to hear him and rather interested in encouraging and honouring a personality like him. With love n regards, Nagesh

  • kambalabettu , kambalabettu

    Thu, Feb 04 2010

    All the best Tagore Das and Great show organiser of Great Legend Md.Rafiji. show in t Rafi Saab's singing greatness. Even Tagore Das himself would not like your comments. Good luck Tagore!

  • Anthony Menezes, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 04 2010

    Mohd. Rafi is simply a legend.I would like to hear Tagore Das sing his songs as i am a dire heart fan of Rafi Saab.

  • Muneer, Mlore/Bahrain

    Thu, Feb 04 2010

    Mr Das, do visit Bahrain also. We miss your melodies :)

  • Henry Misquith, M'LORE BAHRAIN

    Thu, Feb 04 2010

    Good news to the fans of Rafi saab, in 1979, Rafi recorded 6 songs. 30 years later these songs after being recovered, restored is out for release on universal music as "THE LAST SONGS" these songs were youthful and covered various shades of romance and tries to stir and enliven the same magic that he has left back years back.


    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    Rafi is a legend and they always live in our memories. They do not die ,There will never be another Rafi one might get another Kishore Kumar or Mukesh but not Rafi.

  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    It is nice to know we will get a chance to hear some of the most treasured and unforgettable songs of Rafi. Thank you very much Denzil Sir. Please book me a ticket in the front row. Contrary to today’s generation we were fortunate enough to grow up with melodious music of yesteryears where each song was painstakingly composed, meticulously woven with fine notes which touched our heart and blended without the help of computerized gadgets which play havoc in today’s music.

    As Lata Mangeshkar once lamented in an interview, most of the times the singer of today while recording a song does not see his partner singer (in a duet) nor does he see an instrument being played ! Another female singer said she recorded a song in her voice and was surprised to note when the song was released that someone else’s voice was dubbed in her place. Because the producer wanted the latter singer. Rafi is a legend and no one can take his place. However, he never fails to inspire and soothe us. Every time.

    The sad note here is that we have to be patient until end of April which is a long wait. But “jo maza intezar mein hai woh milne me kidhar hai ?” Ek sher arz karna chahata hoon… Hum to tere deewane the aur hamesha rahenge Tere aawaz me jo kashish hai kaise bhool payenge Mar tu ek hi baar gaya, ye Rafi, woh kiske haath me tha Tere har ek geet me lekin phir tuje zinda paayenge.

  • Ali, Riyadh, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    If you miss Mr.Tagore's show you are the looser. Close your eyes when Tagore sings , you feel like Mohammed Rafi is in front of you.

  • Ronald D.F.D'Souza, Bondel/Mangalore/Bahrain

    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    Hi Tagore, i am very happy that you and your troupe will be visiting Dubai on 30th April 2010. I still remember during our good olden days you used to sing "Rema Roses Nites" and we used love to see your nites to hear Rafi Saab's hit numbers. I wish you good luck to you and your troupe .We pray Almighty that your show in Dubai will make smashing record. Ronnie , Bahrain

  • Rodney Monis, Sharjah

    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    Yashvanth, nobody has and will be able to fill the vacuum created by Rafi Saab even by a molecule. Don't insult Rafi Saab's singing greatness. Even Tagore Das himself would not like your comments. Good luck Tagore!

  • Abdul Razak (dewa), Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    Hi,Tagore your are great, as you still make all Mohd Rafi fans happy through your "Rafivoice" How can I forget the days we spent in M'lore, durng REMA-ROSES nite. Keep it up.

  • Anil Cardoza, Belman/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    All the best Tagore Das and Great show organiser Mr. Danzil Fernandes.We are awaiting this show in Dubai .


    Wed, Feb 03 2010

    Tagor Das is the 'Rafi of 2day' filling the vacume created by the death of Great Legend Md.Rafiji. show in Doha,Qatar on 7th Nov.2008 indeed was a Send Off Gift by Tulu Koota ,Qatar 2 me.An unforgetful evening of my life-courtesy-Tagor Das & his team. May God shower his blessings on Tagor Das 2 continue entertaining Rafi's Fans all over the World.


    Tue, Feb 02 2010

    All the best to Tagore Das...keep rocking. Moh'd Rafi saab was the best singer of all times. His memories are still fresh in the mind of millions of his fans, he lives on eternally his songs today are just as popular as they were during his life time.

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