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Happy birthday, Runa Laila

  • Culture Desk
  • 17th November, 2021 12:28:48 PM
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Today is the 69th birthday of legendary singer Runa Laila. Her fans, friends and well-wishers at home and abroad have sent greeting messages to the noted singer on the occasion. Celebrities and her co-artistes also take to the social media and shower love on Runa Laila with birthday wishes.

Runa Laila will celebrate her birthday with family members. She said, “I have no special plan to celebrate my birthday. I will spend the day with family. Whenever my birthday comes I reminisce about my childhood memories. My parents always used to organise special programme on my birthdays. Nowadays, I try to spend the day with my family.”       

“By the grace of Almighty I have earned all the achievements in my music career. I’m very happy with that. Now, I want everyone to keep me in their good wishes and prayers”, she added.

Runa Laila is one of the most popular singers in South Asia. She started her career in Pakistan film industry in late 1960s.

Runa Laila started her professional career in 1965. She played two songs in the Pakistani film ‘Jugnu’. Her first song was ‘Gudiya Si Munni Meri Bhaiya Ki Pyari’ and the second song was ‘Marna Bhi Nahin Aasan’ which was a love song.

At the age of 14, she made her breakthrough with the song ‘Unki Nazron Sey Mohabbat Ka Jo Paigham Mila’ for Pakistani film ‘Hum Dono’ in 1966.

Runa Laila has sung in seventeen languages, including, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Pashto, Baluchi, Arabic, Persian, Malay, Nepalese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French and English.

Runa Laila was named as SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. She is the first Bangladeshi to hold this post.

In recognition of her contributions, Runa Laila was honoured with Independence Day Award of Bangladesh, Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1976, 1977, 1989, 1992, 2012 and 2015, Shelteck Award, Lux Channel i Lifetime Performance Award, Saigal Award, India, Nigar Award, Pakistan (twice)1968 and 1970, Critics Award, Pakistan, Graduate Award, Pakistan (twice), and National Council of Music Award- Gold Medal, Pakistan.