[The Express Tribune 15 April, 2019]

It has been 36 years since the legendary singer Ahmed Rushdi passed away. The Akele Na Jana star is still remembered for his soulful renditions in Lollywood films, reported Express.

Rushdi was born in Hyderabad Deccan, India, back in 1934. He moved to Karachi after Partition and began his career with Radio Pakistan. The star rose to fame with song Bandar Road Se Kemari.

A man with a distinct voice, Rushdi reigned the film industry for three decades and stood apart with  different playful songs. Karnama was the first film to which the singer lent his voice. Unfortunately, the film didn’t make it to the big screen.

Mashriq-o-Maghrib was the last film that Rushdi sang for. He recorded over 5,000 songs for Pakistani films. It was Ko Ko Korina however, that took the playback singer to new heights.

Rushdi’s health soon began deteriorating due to his tireless contribution to the local music industry. He passed away due to cardiac arrest on April 11, 1983, aged 44.

The late singer has since been honoured with numerous awards including, Nigar Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Singer of The Millennium Award and the Legend Award, as well as several other accolades. Also, 20 years after his death, former President General (R) Pervez Musharraf conferred the Sitara-e-Imtiaz on Rushdi for his services.

The late star’s 36th death anniversary is being observed today.