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Kishore Chetty, Our Own Mohammed Rafi

Kishore Chetty, Our Own Mohammed Rafi
Kishore Chetty singing at a concert in Sydney.
July 08
11:25 2017

Kishore Chetty, a Fijian businessman and the country’s own version of legendary Indian singer, the late Mohammed Rafi is now seeing his dreams come to fruition.

The owner of Pacific Fried Chicken has been taking Sydney, Australia by storm each year with the Mohammed Rafi Nite, a show he started in 1995 in total dedication to the Indian icon whose songs still strike the heart each time its played.

The Lautoka born singer, who migrated to Australia in 1987, has set his sights on Bollywood and is adamant that he will one day be singing for a blockbuster movie.

 

Tribute to Mohammed Rafi event

Mr Chetty’s dedication and idolising of Mr Rafi’s songs, which incidentally he has a similar voice to, earned him a rare opportunity – to perform at the Tribute to Mohammed Rafi Event, which will be held in India on August 16.

The event will be held at the prestigious Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium in Mumbai.

Mr Chetty’s attendance was through a close friend of his, Dr Satish Rai, who through friends in Bollywood created this historic opportunity.

Plans are also underway for him to also sing at Lucknow’s renowned MB Club.

While there, Mr Chetty will also perform in a successful Indian show, Safarnama, which is an event dedicated to and hosted by India’s World Guinness Book of Records lyricist, Samir Anjaan.

 

About Mohammed Rafi Nite

The Mohammed Rafi Nite, which is an annual event since its inception, is the longest and most successful Indian show in Australia.

Even after returning to Fiji to run his business, he has been flown back each year to perform at the show which is growing by the year.

Mr Chetty’s love for Mr Rafi’s songs has seen him encourage a lot of local singers to start singing Mr Rafi’s numbers.

He has even provided opportunities for many of these new singers to perform in Sydney alongside many of Australia’s talented Hindi singers.

Lautoka businessman Praveen Kumar, of P Kumar Electricals and P Kumar Rentals, has been following Mr Chetty for a long time.

Mr Kumar, who also has a love for Mr Rafi’s music, has seen Mr Chetty perform.

“I love Rafi’s songs and Chetty’s voice is like the man himself is still alive.

“Its amazing the talent Chetty has and his unwavering dedication to Rafi’s songs,” Mr Kumar said.

Mr Chetty knows the road to achieve fame will be hard amongst the best in India.

“That is my dream and I know I can achieve that golden opportunity to be singing in a movie.”

His encouragement comes from being able to perform each year in Sydney since 1995.

“I have proven that in Sydney, where the annual show is a hit,” he said.

Mr Chetty believes his biggest inspiration to make his dream come true will be come from his idol – the late Mohammed Rafi himself.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

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