ISLAMABAD: The death anniversary of Pakistan’s famous film singer Saleem Raza was observed on Friday (25th November, 2022).
Born Noel Dias, he was better known as Saleem Raza, the name he adopted after started singing.
Saleem Raza started his singing career in Lahore, Pakistan and quickly gained popularity.
Saleem Raza was a classically trained singer and was more famous for singing tragic songs.
He first sang for Lahore Radio Station.
Raza also learned music from Master Sadiq Ali, and Ustaad Aashiq Husain.
He was introduced to the Pakistani film industry by veteran film music director Ghulam Ahmed Chishti.
Saleem Raza’s first lucky break came in director Syed Ata Ullah Hashmi’s 1955 film Naukar.
He lent his voice to the ‘sad’ musical composition, ‘Taqdeer kay malik deikh zara kya zulm hai’, a duet with Kausar Perveen.
He also sang as a playback singer for Anwar Kamal Pasha‘s Qatil in 1955.
Finally his breakthrough came with the song Yaaro mujhe muaaf rakho, main nashey mein hoon, in Saifuddin Saif‘s film Saat Lakh (1957).
He went on to sing many other songs in films like Aas Paas (1957), Do Rastey, Hamsafar (1960), Seema (1963) and many more.
His last film was Payal Ki Jhankar (1966).
He suffered from kidney failure, which took his life on 25th November 1983. He was 51 then.