Internationally-acclaimed Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila will be honoured with “Distinguish Celebrity Legend Award” by USA based non-profit organisation Barinu Institute for Economic Development on May 25.
She will receive the award at a programme title ‘Inspiring woman creativity and entrepreneurship in the global economist’ held at Trump world tower in New York.
Runa Laila already received the invitation letter via email.
Regarding this prestigious honour, Runa Laila said, “it is a matter of great joy and pride. I see it as a sign of immense respect as a Bangladeshi artiste.” It is very much important for me as a woman she added.
Runa Laila is a Bangladeshi singer, widely regarded as one of the popular singers in South Asia and 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 popular pair with him after replacing singer Mala.
Her parents hoped for her to be a dancer and made her learn Kathak and Bharat Natyam. Her elder sister Dina Laila was learning classical music and she picked up from her lessons.
Dina’s teacher then decided to teach Runa also. Her father, Syed Mohammed Imdad Ali was a civil servant posted in Karachi of Pakistan.
She and her sister went to school in Karachi. In those days, Ahmed Rushdi was leading film music as he introduced hip-hop, rock n roll, disco and other modern genres in South Asian music and has since then been adopted in Bangladesh, India and lately Nepal as a pioneering influence in their respective pop cultures.
Laila started her 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.
She was 12 when she sang the 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.
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 a 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.