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Google marks legendary Indian singer Mohammed Rafi's 93rd birthday with a sketch doodle
Internet search engine and technology giant Google celebrates India's noted and popular singer Mohammed Rafi's 93rd birthday with a sketch doodle. The Doodle on the home page of Google has been created by Mumbai-based illustrator Sajid Shaikh.

The colourful doodle depicts the singer of Bollywood in a studio along with the sketches of a few actors. The doodle shows Rafi's relationship between song recording in the studio and its use on the silver screen. The freehand drawn Google logo is shown as the background of the doodle.

Singer Rafi was born on 24th December, 1924 in village Kotla Sultan Singh in Amritsar district of Punjab. His family had orthodox views about singing but as a child from a poor family he had passion for music.

He went to Lahore to work at his relative's barber shop and used to hum songs while hair dressing and shaving people. His relative sent him to be trained under Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan despite family's opposition.

In 1941, he made his debut as a playback singer in Lahore with a duet "Soniye Nee, Heeriye Nee" with Zeenat Begum before moving to Mumbai in 1944 and had to struggle to get a break to sing for the film "Gaon Ki Gori". Then there was no looking back. His singing for Guru Dutt's film "Chaudhvi ka Chand" got him the first Filmfare award and five more thereafter.

It was in 1977 that he won the National Award for "Kya Hua Tera Wada" and Padma Shri in 1967. He sang in many languages and for most actors to win the hearts of millions of music lovers.

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