From Bazm E Laila to contemporary times, a phenomenal voice that captivated millions of souls.
A voice that turns each and every melody earth shattering: when this thought comes to our mind we can’t help talking about the ultimate songbird of Bangladesh Runa Laila. One of the most prodigious singer of sub continent. A person who has a singing career spanning over more than 50 years and throughout her journey she has presented countless numbers of songs that will be engraved in the hearts of the music lovers. From the age of twelve , Laila received her first call for the silver screen.It was a track named “Gudia Si Munni Meri” and the film was “Jugnu”. The time when Laila entered the industry It wasn’t really something that was considered to be a fruitful place to develop the career as it didn’t follow the naive structuralism of the society back then. But for her, it was just the start of a dazzling career and there were no looking back. In the year 1965, after the recording of her very first song under the guidance of the music director Monzur Hossain, Laila marked her epic journey that still continues and has created a history in the world especially in the subcontinent. She used to perform on PTV.In PTV, she had a show called Bazm E Laila. She started appearing on the Zia Mohiuddin Show (1972–74) and later sang songs for films in the 1970s such as the film Umrao Jaan Ada (1972).
Laila moved to Bangladesh along with her family in 1974. Her first Bengali song was O Amar Jibon Shathi for the film Jiban Sathi (1976), composed by Satya Saha. Shortly after had her first concert in India in 1974 in Mumbai.She started in Bollywood with director Jaidev, whom she met in Delhi, got her the chance to play at the inauguration of Doordarshan. She first worked with the music composer Kalyanji-Anandji for the title song of a film called Ek Se Badhkar Ek (1976).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.Laila’s name has been written on the Guinness World Records for recording 30 songs within 3 days.In 1982, she won Golden Disk Award as her album Superuna composed by Bappi Lahiri was sold over 1 lakh copies on the first day of its release.The oeuvre of her versatility is something that makes people fall for her voice. Throughout the years she has glorified the bengali music industry as well as the Subcontinental industries as well. Laila 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. It would take lifelong time to mention the achievement of this veteran. From Madison Square Garden to Sydney Opera House, From Europe to Africa the veteran has stepped on proudly depicting the legacy of Bangladesh. On her birthday we do wish that she ages gracefully by being a shining star and the stardom that she very contains within.