LAHORE (Staff Report) – The 33rd death anniversary of renowned play back singer of past Ahmed Rushdi is being observed today (Monday).

Ahmed Rushdi recorded the highest number of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema in Urdu, English, Punjabi, Bengali, Sindhi and Gujarati languages and found unprecedented success as a playback artist from the mid 1950s to early 1980s. He recorded approximately 5000 songs for 583 released films.

He is remembered by many as having lent voice to South Asia’s first ever pop song Ko Ko Korina filmed on Waheed Murad which is one of the most well known tunes in Pakistan’s history.He super hit songs include Ko Ko Koreena, Akele Na Jaana Hamen Chor Ker, Socha Na Tha Pyar Karen Ge, Dill Ko Jalaana Hum Ne Chor Diya, Hipp Hipp Hurray and Yun Zindagi Ki Raah Mein.

Rushdi died of a heart attack at the age of 48 on April 11 1983.

He was considered as a key contributor to the golden age of Pakistani film music. Twenty years after his death he was awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his contributions to the field of music in 2003.