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Happy birthday, Runa Laila

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Published: 10:07, 17 November 2020  
Happy birthday, Runa Laila

With the regular activities, today is remarkable for the song lover as the legendary singer Runa Laila has turned 69 who holding a fifty-four yearlong career in the music world. Today her 68th birth anniversary, born in 1952 at Sylhet, is being colorful by the wishes and love of her fans as well as colleagues.

She has won The National Film Award seven times in the Best Female Vocalist category by singing in Bengali cinema. She also received the highest honor ‘The Independence Day Award’ from the Government of Bangladesh for her outstanding contribution to music. Her songs are loved and remembered by song lovers of all levels of ages including the young. This legend has not only won the hearts of the country people but also taken her on the international stage.

Runa Laila's father Emdad Ali was a government official and his mother Amina Laila where her maternal uncle Subir Sen is a famous Indian musician. She spent her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan as she had been moved to Multan, then West Pakistan at just her two and a half years old as her father transferred there.

Celebrities and her co-artistes also take to social media and shower love on Runa Laila with birthday wishes.

Marking the day in a befitting manner, different TV channels of the country have chalked out the elaborate programs.

Every year Runa Laila celebrates her birthday with a special program. This year, she has no special plan to celebrate the day due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, Dhruba Music Station (DMS) will release Runa Laila-composed song ‘Ei Dekha Shesh Dekha’ on their YouTube channel today, marking the legendary singer’s birthday, sources said. Noted film director, producer, and lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar has written the lyrics of the song while United Kingdom-based Asian singer and music director Raja Kaasheff has arranged it’s music. Chandan Ray Chowdhury has made the music video of the song.

Runa Laila is a Bangladeshi singer, widely regarded as one of the popular singers in South Asia and started her career in the 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 the Pakistani film Hum Dono in 1966.

Runa has performed in many different languages. She has sung in seventeen languages including her native 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 honored with Radio Mirchi Music Award presented by Radio Mirchi at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata in 2015, 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.