Meet Mohd Rafis biggest fan in Malaysia

December 31st, 2007 - 3:31 pm ICT by admin  

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 31 (ANI): A 65-year-old retired bank clerk in Kuala Lumpur has earned the reputation of being Mohd Rafis biggest fan in Malaysia on the back of his collection of the singer’s songs.

Hardeep Singh, who lives with his precious records at his home in Bukit Senjuang, Malacca has been collecting the songs since he was 17 years of age.

Singh is the proud owner of 2,007 records, of which 80 percent of the collection comprise of songs by Mohd Rafi.

The die-hard fan has dedicated a room in his house to the collection of gramophone records of his idol.

Mohd Rafi, who died in 1980, recorded more than 26,000 songs in his career and Hardeep said he had about 3,000 of them.

“I started collecting these records when I was 17. My father gave me RM3 per month for pocket money which I spent on the records, the New Straits Times Online quoted Singh, as saying.

Singh bought the records from jukebox and record stores all over the country and Singapore.

“These records are very precious to me and I will not sell them. When I am gone, I’ll leave them to my children, he said.

“I have a lot of respect for him. He started singing at a time when such a career was considered disgraceful. Even his father was against his singing but he stood his ground and became a household name with the song Suhani Raat Dhalchki (Beautiful night has passed) from the 1950s Hindi movie, Gulari, he added. (ANI)

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