Friday, March 31, 2017

Pic of Mohd. Rafi sahab and Manoj Kumar sahab with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The article, http://www.mohdrafi.com/meri-awaaz-suno/mohammed-rafi-and-manoj-kumar-rafi-harmonic-for-mr-bharat.html, has the following pic of Mohd. Rafi sahab (legendary Hindi film playback singer, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Rafi) and Manoj Kumar sahab (famous Hindi film star & director, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manoj_Kumar) with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, taken sometime in the 1970s perhaps:



The article itself does not say much about the pic but has a comment or two regarding the background to the pic.

The article notes, "The first two popular songs from the film SHIRDI KE SAI BABA(1977) written by Manoj Kumar, “Sai Baba Bolo” and “Sainath Tere Hazaaron Haath” were sung by Mohammed Rafi under composition of Pandurang Dikshit. The film was also written and presented by Manoj Kumar."

In Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/DeepakBharwani/posts/10212251442942158, Mr. Deepak Bharwani states that the above mentioned film 'Shirdi ke Saibaba' was produced by Sarla Charities Trust, Mumbai. Mr. Bharwani writes, "The film was directed by Sri Ashok Bhushan and Music composed and rendered by Sri Pandurang Dikshit.

Of course, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was the Divine Director who inspired Sri Indulal Shah and Sri Manoj Kumar to initiate this film project. The pilgrims to Shirdi and following to Sri Saibaba of Shirdi multiplied manifold and infinitely after this film was released."

Extract from comment by N.MURTY on abovementioned mohdrafi.com article on May 11, 2009 at 4:54 am, is given below:

Manojkumar introducing rafi saheb to Satya Saibaba,took place at Manojkumars residence in Sep-Oct,1975.This incident was narrated by Ms.Deviyani Chaubal in Oct,75 edition of Star&Style.When Satya Saibaba visited Bombay, Manojkumar arranged a gathering of Saibaba devotees at his place to be addressed by Satya Saibaba.At the appointed time Satya Saibaba came and addressed the gathering including Mohd. Rafi ,Mukesh and Kishorekumar.After the talk,Devi and others thought that Satya Saibaba would vanish into thin air like god himself but instead he had started walking out and suddenly turned back and went straight to Mohd Rafi and blessed him! Earlier Rafi rendered a Bhajan on Satya Saibaba upon his arrival. This was inSep-Oct,75 and Rafi saheb started his fightback through Laila-Majnu in Nov,76.Rafisaheb, the greatest playback singer India produced is well respected and liked by people from all walks of life and religions. He is the most secular voice of India.
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The blog post, Sai Bhakth Mr.Manoj Kumar, http://omshirdisaibaba.blogspot.in/2012/05/sai-bhakth-mrmanoj-kumar.html, dated May 22nd 2012 provides very interesting information. Small extracts from it are given below:

About his (movie) “Shirdi Ke Sai Baba” Shri.Manoj Kumar said that Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi`Andhra Pradesh, India had sent Shri.Chandulal Shah (Shri Indulal Shah) to him as Sathya Sai Baba had expressed his desire for a movie to be made on the Life & Teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba.With the blessings of the almighty, the movie was made in just 2 months time flat. None of the actors took any money for acting in it and all the money which was earned from this movie was distributed among various charitable organizations by Sarla Charitable Trust.
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Shri.Manoj Kumar said that by naming a whole stretch of road in Shirdi in his name was more precious to him than winning an Oscar.He thanked the Shirdi Sai Sansthan & local people of Shirdi for giving this honor & said that for an 73 year old actor like him,this was the luckiest day of his life.
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[I thank mohdrafi.com, Mr. Deepak Bharwani, Mr. N. Murty and omshirdisaibaba.blogspot.in, and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts/pic from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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