Runa Laila celebrates 68th birthday

Publish: 9:39 PM, November 17, 2020 | Update: 9:39:PM, November 17, 2020

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Renowned musician and composer of the subcontinent Runa Laila celebrated her 68th birthday yesterday. The legendary singer was born on 17 November in 1952 in Sylhet.

Every year, on the occasion of her birthday, the day is usually celebrated through special programs. But this year, considering the COVID situation, no initiative was taken for her birthday.

However, the song ‘Ei Dekha Shesh Dekha’ sung by Runa Laila, written by Gazi Mazharul Anwar and composed by Raja Kashef, was released on Dhruba Music Station’s YouTube channel on Tuesday morning.

The music video of the song, directed by Chandan Roy Chowdhury, has been completed on 12 and 13 November. Regarding the song, Runa Laila said, “On the day when I first heard the song ‘Josna Korese Ari’ by Begum Akhter in Luipar’s voice, I was impressed and congratulated her. Later, when I composed the song ‘Ei Dekha Shesh Dekha’, I asked her to sing the song and I had confidence in her.”

According to Dhruba Music Station, three songs – ‘Kothay Rekheso Tumi’ by Akhi Alamgir, ‘Keno Hoye Gesi Por’ by Tani Laila, and ‘Akashe Megh Jomeche’ by Haimanti Rakshit – will be released on the occasion of Runa Laila’s birthday. Gazi Mazharul Anwar lyrics Tani’s song, the other two songs are written by Kabir Bakul. Raja Kashef composed the songs.

Runa Laila said that she is composing some more new songs. Due to COVID, the work of composing the songs was stopped for the time being.
If the situation is normal, she will let everyone know the details. 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 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 honoured 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.