He recorded his first song 'live' with the late titan. He also openly says that Mohammed Rafi has been his role model and icon and that he follows his pattern of singing from the heart and from deep in his throat. Padma Shri Udit Narayan was conferred the inaugural Mohammed Rafi Award at a musical evening arranged by the Rafi Foundation in Mumbai on January 22.
While accepting the award, the singer recounted his first recording for the film Unees Bees, under composer Rajesh Roshan. "Rafisaab has been my inspiration and I trained my self singing Rafisaab songs and listening to them on the village radio set." Udit's live rendition of Papa kehte hai bada naam karega was the showstopper and had the audiences asking for more.
The Rafi Foundation is an umbrella organization of Mohd Rafi lovers and it will honor music legends every year, said its founder Binu Nair. On that evening Prabhanjan Marathe, Chiragh Panchal, Hanif Mohd, Aparna and Vandana Bhardwaj sang several vintage hits.
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