When music legend O.P.Nayyar had tiff with singer Mohd Rafi

Yoon to humne laakh haseen dekhen hain, Tumsa Nahi Dekha… 

This song justifies to define ‘King of Rhythm’ O.P.Nayyar because certainly he was a music composer with a difference and truly the world of Indian music has not seen a music director like O.P.Nayar because he was the only one music director who dared to compose songs without the service of either Lata Mangeshkar or Mohd Rafi! 

Yet such was his mastery in composing melodious songs that within a short span he shot to stardom like a phoenix in the Hindi Film Industry giving a run for money to successful music directors like Naushad, Shanker Jaikishen, S.D. Burman etc.

While the other music directors banked on the Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar, O.P.Nayyar, never ever took the service of Lata Mangeshkar instead he gave hits after hits with Asha Bhosle, Lata’s younger sister. Thus making a point that good music is not depended on the any particular voice. 

Unlike Lata Mangeshkar, O.P.Nayyar shared a very good rapport with Mohd Rafi and even admitted that his music was nothing without the voice of Rafi. The duo have a chain of hits and a look at O.P.Nayyar’s career reveal that Mohd Rafi’s voice has been a saving grace of O.P’s music. 

Just take a look at some of the hit songs Taarif Karoon Kya Uski ….. Dil ki aawaz bhi sun mere fasaane pe na ja ….Aapke haseen rukh pe aaj naya noor hai….

However readers would be surprised to know that in the early 60’s there was a short tiff between O.P.Nayyar and Mohd Rafi too! 

“If I can give hits without Lata Mangeshkar, I can also give hit songs without Mohd Rafi!” roared the stubborn O.P.Nayar and believe it or not O.P. lived up to his words and replacing Rafi with Mahendra Kapoor he proved his point! 

Remember the hits songs of O.P.Nayyar and Mahendra Kapoor…. Mera pyar wo hai ke markar bhi tumko….; Tumhara chahnewala khuda ki duniya mein....; . Laakhon hain yahaan dilwaale….; Badal jaaye agar maali…..

On the death anniversary of O.P.Nayar that falls on January 28; Raaga.Com remembers the legend!!!