10 Things About Runa Laila

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Runa Laila (born 17 November 1952) is a Bangladeshi playback singer. She is one of the best-known in South Asia. She started her career in Pakistan film industry in late 1960s. Her style of singing is inspired by Pakistani playback singer Ahmed Rushdi and she also made a pair with him after replacing another singer Mala. Her playback singing in films – The Rain (1976), Jadur Banshi (1977), Accident (1989), Ontore Ontore (1994), Tumi Ashbe Bole (2012), Devdas (2013) and Priya Tumi Shukhi Hou (2014) – earned her seven Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer.

Laila’s name has been written on the Guinness World Records for recording 30 songs within 3 days.

10 Things About Runa Laila……

  1. Runa Laila taking dance lessons of Kathak and Bharatanatyam genre.

  2. When Runa Laila was a student of Saint Lawrence Convent, she won an inter-school singing competition in Karachi in the then West Pakistan.

  3. When Laila was 12, she performed as a playback singer for a male child actor in the Urdu language film Jugnu.The song was titled Gudia Si Munni Meri.

  4.  In 1966, Laila made her breakthrough with the song Unki Nazron Sey Mohabbat Ka Jo Paigham Mila for the Urdu film Hum Dono.

  5. In PTV (Pakistan Television), she had a show called Bazm E Laila.

  6. Laila moved to Bangladesh along with her family in 1974. Her first Bengali song was `O Amar Jibon Shathi’ for the film `Jibon Shathi’ (1976), composed by Satya Saha. Shortly after had her first concert in India in 1974 in Mumbai

  7. She gained popularity in India with the songs ‘O Mera Babu Chail Chabila’ and ‘Dama Dam Mast Qalandar’. In 1974, she recorded Shaadher Lau in Kolkata.

  8. Laila’s name has been written on the Guinness World Records for recording 30 songs within 3 days.

  9. Runa 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.

  10. Laila was named a SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors for HIV/AIDS. She is the first Bangladeshi to hold this post. She visited New Delhi in 2013 on her first trip as the SAARC ambassador. She met India’s External and Health ministers.

source: wikipedia
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