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Playback singer

Saleem Raza

The first dominating playback singer in Pakistani Urdu movies
Saleem Raza - Playback singer - The first dominating playback singer in Pakistani Urdu movies

Some facts about Saleem Raza
Real name Noel Dias
First film Qatil (Urdu - 1955)
Active career(1955-75)
Life Friday, 4 March, 1932 -
Friday, 25 November, 1983
Born at Amritsar, India
Language Punjabi
Profession Music
Relations

Saleem Raza's was introduced in film Qatil in 1955 and got breakthrough from a mega hit song in film Saat Lakh (1957)..

  • Yaaro, Mujhay Muaf Rakho, Main Nashay Mein Hun..

Same year, he sang the all time best film Naat in film Noor-e-Islam (1957)..

  • Shah-e-Madina, Yasrib Kay Wali, Saray Nabi, Teray Dar Kay Sawali..

He also sang the best ever film Qawwali in film Touba in 1964..

  • Na Milta, Gar Yeh Touba Ka Sahara, Ham Kahan Jatay..?

He sang his last super hit song in film Payel ki Jhankar in 1966..

  • Husn Ko Chand, Jawani Ko Ghazal Kehtay Hayn..

Saleem Raza was so dominant male singer from 1957-65, that he also gave playback for two other big singers who acted in movies. First he sang for the top Punjabi singer and actor Inayat Hussain Bhatti in film Kartar Singh (1959) and then he sang a classical song for top Urdu film singer Ahmad Rushdi who played the role of TanSen in film Jhalak (1964).

Saleem Raza (real name Noel Dias) was born in a Christian family in Amritsar, India on March 4, 1932 and died on November 25, 1983 in Canada.



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    (This Urdu/Punjabi article was first published on January 3, 2003)


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