ISLAMABAD, Jun 9 (APP):Famous play back singer Masood Rana was remembered on the occasion of his birth anniversary on Thursday.

Masood Rana was born on June 9,1938 in Mir Pur Khas, Sindh to a Rajput landowner family which had migrated from the East Punjab’s city Jalandhar.

He started his singing career on Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad in 1955 and
helped establish a singing group in Karachi in the early 1960’s with two other famous names in showbiz- Nadeem Baig and Akhlaq Ahmed.

Masood Rana got his first breakthrough when the renowned film actor
Saqi introduced him to producer and director Iqbal Shehzad and musician Deebo.

His first film song was in the film Inqalab and the song was “Mashriq ki tareek faza mein naya savera phoota hay” composed by music director N. K.

Rathore but he got his big breakthrough from his second film Banjaran in 1962 which was composed by music director Deebo Bhattacharia.

In 1964, the Punjabi song “Tange Wala Khair Mangda” in the film “Daachi” was a popular street song composed by veteran music director Ghulam Ahmed Chishti.

He then became the most dominating male singer in both Urdu and Punjabi films when his six songs in film Hamarahi (1966) became mega- hits.

In addition to the film assignments, he has also sung beautiful patriotic songs which became popular and are still played on Pakistan national days.

He sang in more than 550 films and he worked continuously from his first film in 1962 until his death in 1995.

He died on October 4, 1995 due to a heart attack during his journey on
a train.