Sohail Rana: Musical Maestero

Posted on August 5, 2009
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Altamash Mir

Sohail Rana is the son of renowned poet Rana Akbar Abadi. Young Sohail started showing interested in the arts at a very early age, first in painting and then in music, which he took up as his love and profession.

His first break came in 1962, when he was appointed as a composer in Radio Pakistan and also began composing in EMI. After that he did his first musical score and song for the movie Jab Say Dekha Hai Tumhain. The songs from this movie instantly topped the charts and proved to be a stepping stone in Sohail Rana’s brilliant career. Great film productions like Arman gave Sohail the opportunity to maximize his musical talents by embedding his fresh style of music and turning and twisting the mood of the entire movie.\

The video above is of one of Sohail Rana’s – and Pakistan film industry’s – greatest hits ever. The forever green ‘Akailey na jaana.’ The video below is a recent rendition of the same, with Sohail Rana conducting the music in Geo TV’s tribute show for him:

Sohail Rana understood the power of music and the effect it has on people. During the 60′s he observed that Western music was taking Pakistan by storm and people were beginning to forget the native folk music of the land.

During this period, in addition to doing music for films, he flexed his muscles as a composer and started working on private records such as Folk tunes of Pakistan, Shahbaz Qalandar and Khyber Mail. Many songs from these albums are still admired and re-performed by modern bands.

Listen to some wonderful instrumental tunes from ‘Khyber Mail’, here:

Harvest Time:

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Cobra Away:

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To accomplish his goal of fusing together the modern music with folk melodies, he started a show on PTV in 1968 called Kaliyon ki Mala. He would take this opportunity to not only introduce traditional music to Pakistani kids but to also teach them about music. Kaliyon ki Mala stayed alive up until mid 80s under different names such as Sung Sung Chalein. In all these years of teaching youngsters to sing and understand music, Sohail Rana produced some of the most popular artists not only for Pakistan, but all of South Asia. He composed over 2000 songs for the childrens musical show.

Mr. Rana has received the prestigious Presidential Award the Pride of Performance, The Nigar Award for film Arman, Gold Discs from EMI for the vinyl album, Khyber Mail and the United Nations Peace Messenger Award, conferred on him, at the United Nations in New York in 1987.
Sohail Rana’s achievements in music are uncomparable to his triumph in causing rippling changes in the Pakistani society, where musicians and music were looked down upon and impermissible in the middle class. Overall, Mr. Rana has achieved what most people dare not dream in their entire lives. Sohail Rana now resides in Canada, runs a music school and is busy composing symphonies. His passion for music lives on and perhaps the best is yet to come, Inshallah!!!

Some of his best film work:

Ye khushi ajab khushi hai
Jab say deikha hai tumhain, dil ka ajab Aalam hai
Saye ki talab karney walo
Akele na jana,
Bay taab ho udhar tum
Jab pyar mein do dil miltay hain
Meri Qismet bata, hai meri kya kheta
Mujhay tum say mohabbat hai
Ik naye maur pay
Aye mere zindigi aye meray hum safar
Do akhian, ye do sakhian
Wada karo milo gey
Raatain theen chandni
Aashiyaan jal gaya
Hai bay qarar tamanna
Tujh jaisa dagha baaz
Bansiri bajanay walay
Aaj janay ki zid na karo
Dheeray, dheeray paoon rakh gori

Some of his other great songs:

Sohni dharti
Sung sung chaltay rehna
Dosti aisa nata
Shawa bhy shawa
Jeeway Pakistan
Mein bhee Pakistan hoon
Allah Akbar

Some of the Artists that he introduced:

Mohammad Ali Shehki; Habib Wali Mohammad; Amjad Hussain; Alamgir; Mona Sisters; Benjamin sisters; Nazia Hasan/Zohaib Hasan; Afshan Ahmed; Anwar Ibrahim; Fatima Jaffery; Adnan Sami Khan; Hadiqa Kiyani

Acknowledgement: The wonderfully informative essay of Sohail Rana by Anis Ahmad Shakur (here); also see updates where he is now and what he is doing here and here.

This is a re-post from original posted at ATP in October 2006 (videos added).

69 Comments on “Sohail Rana: Musical Maestero”

  1. samdani says:
    October 15th, 2006 10:26 am

    Sohail Rana’s impact was more profound than this suggests and he did so much that he never gets full credit for it. His early film music with Rushi and Waheed Murad changed the face of Pakistan music. His later music on PTV with new artists, did it again. And he changed it for a third time with his kids music shows.

  2. Altamash Mir says:
    October 15th, 2006 12:25 pm

    ur right Samdani, It is not easy to summarize the career of this giant. This is more for people who dont know much about his accomplishments, like myself. I grew up watching his TV show for kids, and that was it. I never knew that he was a great film music director or that he was the inventer of fusion music.

  3. October 15th, 2006 1:06 pm

    Altamash, thanks for bringing back these memories. Must confess that the Sohail Rana songs that I first feel in love with were songs that I did not even know had anything to do with Sohail Rana. Was never much of a fan of his children shows and it was not till I was much older than I realized the significance and importance of those programs and those shows. But it was the Rushdi-Waheed Murad songs that hooked me and – my bad – I did not (again) realize till so much later that the magic in those tunes were as much from Sohail Rana as from Rushdi and Waheed Murad.

    Armaan, of course, with Akailay na jaana or jabb piyar mein dou dil miltay hain, or the unbeatable koko korina was the absolute pinnacle of this trio’s prowess. But bhooli huwi houn dastaan in Doraha or mujhe tum say mohabat hai in heera aur pathar are equally memorable.

    As you can see, the memories flood in. And so does the realization of how many interesting people we so unceremoniously fortgot.

  4. Eidee Man says:
    October 15th, 2006 1:27 pm

    Hi, good article. On a completely different note, there is an EXTREMELY interesting video ,a xhref=””>here:

    I’m not talking about the guy’s points but the fact that this debate even taking place is SHOCKING to me!!

  5. Islamabadi says:
    October 15th, 2006 7:47 pm

    Adnan, Dr. Najam may hestitate to respond to your query out of humility, but yes I do believe he is the same who compared a number of PTV programs in those days, inclduing the Saarc Games.

    On the post, I never knew that so many of these old film songs were by Mr. Suhail Rana. Like co co corina.

  6. Adnan Ahmad says:
    October 15th, 2006 1:57 pm

    This post reminds me of one of his last works done for SAF Games in 89; “asia ke saat mulk saath saath.” I have just been able to make a possible link. Were you the guy who anchored the games on tv for 7 days? I have vivid memories of those games and the way you(?) covered them.

  7. Owais Mughal says:
    October 15th, 2006 4:43 pm

    Nazia Hassa, Zohaib Hassan, Afshan Ahmed, Mona Sisters etc all grew up to become pro singers after going through Sohail Rana’s children program.

    I have vivid memories of seeing a little chubby Zohaib sitting in front rows of stadium seat truope’ that sang in Sohail Rana’s programs.

    SAF games which took place in Islamabad got its famous song ‘Asia ke saat (7) mulk saath saath’ composed by Sohail Rana.

    Mona sister’s song ‘sooraj karay salaam, chanda karay salaam, pyaray Pakistan, mein tujh pe qurbaan” was also Sohail’s composition. This song became the de-facto sound track of Zia-ul-Haq’s referundum of 1984 where PTV used to play its tune non-stop while promoting Zia’s 5-point referendum.

    My siblings and I grew up with listening to Sohail in home and in our car on road trips. Movie love songs were considered vulgar for children in our family and were not played in our home. Only songs that were allowed were those from Sohail Rana. We played his cassette albums of ‘Helicopter’ and ‘O taangay walay’ over and over. I still remember many of his songs by heart.

  8. Adnan Ahmad says:
    October 15th, 2006 7:22 pm

    Owais, Good memories. Zia’s mention has taken away some of the charm from my memories though. Even though I was too young to remember the 5 points and their marde momin. Talking of Mona sisters, I think their lead singer had superb talent. Her song “diyae julaayai rakhna dil ke ghar ke diyae dareechoa’n se hai ghar kee aan baan” was great despite the difficult lyrics. Does anyone know what happened to her career?

  9. October 15th, 2006 9:07 pm

    Adnan, Islamabadi is correct. I plead guilty to being the person you recall. But, no, Islamabadi, it is not humility … maybe embarrasment; although my memories of that broadcast and my otehr antics are nearly all positive;-)

  10. October 15th, 2006 9:12 pm

    Altamash, thanks also for alerting me to the recordings from ‘Khyber Mail’, which are incorportaed in your post above. I hope people listened to them, espeically teh first one (Harvest Time) which is inspired by the sound in a fast moving train (a good backdrop to Owais’s posts, and hence the current header choice).

    More importantly, I think this was one of Sohail Rana’s most interesting experiments. Trying to contemporize Pakistani folk music. Especially through large symphony-like orchestra arrnagements and the use of non-traditional instruments. The results varied but the experiments were all fascinating. If I recall correctly, for a while he was also involved in the attempt to set up a Paistani Symphony Orchestra (I think during the Bhutto days)… can anyone verify that?

  11. Sara says:
    October 16th, 2006 9:05 am

    His niece is my best friend. Not that it matters ! But yeh, he’s a great singer and we give him very little credit for his music.

  12. October 16th, 2006 12:43 pm

    I remember being on his program “Sung sung chalein”. Holding hands with other kids, singing while moving arms left to right. i was also introduced by him where i gave some mumbo jumbo answers and won a neaty wrapped up game of ludo!
    Ludo…now there’s another post worthy of pakistaniat.

  13. October 16th, 2006 2:33 pm

    Sohail Rana is yet another individual after Shoaib Mansoor who was not given the respect he deserves. Same goes with Robin Ghosh, Hubby of Shabnam.

    IMO, Rana Sahab and Robin were more talented than Nisar Bazmi and could produce music like RD burman of India.

  14. October 16th, 2006 5:30 pm

    I basically remember Sohail Rana for his kids show and the milli naghmas, never knew all these hit film songs were by him too.

    @Adil…errr….why would you be embarassed about hosting the SAF Games or appearing on PTV?

  15. Owais Mughal says:
    October 24th, 2006 5:12 pm

    sohail Rana’s children song collection called ‘Helicopter’ and ‘O taangay walay’ can be purchased at:

  16. RAFI MOHAMMAD says:
    April 25th, 2007 10:55 am

    i live in the USA – looking for very old kids’ song “bander road se kamari meri chali ra ghora ghari” if some one can help. i’ll be greatful.

  17. Owais Mughal says:
    April 25th, 2007 12:21 pm

    Rafi Saheb. look at this web site.

    The first audio CD titled ” Adaab Arz Hai, Begum Sahiba
    Love melodies from Karachi mehfils” includes this song ‘bandar road se kimari’.

    I used to have this CD but I gave it to a friend

  18. IRIS BOYD says:
    July 19th, 2007 7:51 pm

    Hello Mr. Sohail Rana,
    I have heard a lot of excellent things about you and I would like to know more about your vocal classical music classes, and where and when they take place and how much you charge? I am from India and love to sing Indian songs but I need to train my voice. I am a mature student. Also please give me your phone number to contact you regarding the classes. Please give me all the information about the classes that you can provide.
    Thank you,f

  19. October 17th, 2007 12:34 am

    I was very young in sixties but have vivid memories of some of the great songs of Sohail Rana such as Ko-Ko-Korina, Akele na jana acted by Wahid Murad, Ik naye maur pay again acted by Wahid Murad, Sohni dharti, Mein bhee Pakistan hoon. I practically grew up listing his songs. Thank you for bringing up the good memories.

  20. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    October 17th, 2007 4:35 am

    Our music, folkloric, or urban classical or semi, Ghazals
    geets, naghmas, etc etc. are authentic ones, but, the moment
    latinos, boleros, waltz, hip hop, rock n roll, twist etc were
    (made) infiltrated, the quality went down loosing all the
    charme and originality, continueous banging of German
    military march percussions ravaged the whole culture of
    music in our country at the cost of our real music.

    Now a days, again we are introducing vulgar, erotic, porno
    style music, which is quite displaced and has no links
    how ever. Indian imitation is a shameful and ungrateful
    attitude towards our artists. Its a collective suicide.

  21. Ateeq says:
    November 25th, 2007 4:00 pm

    I grew up watching on TV Sohail Rana children shows. Can we buy CD of famous Songs from those shows (70 thru 80′s)? Will love to get hold of those song with so many sweet memories of my childhood in Karachi

  22. Waseem Intizar says:
    December 5th, 2007 12:21 pm

    I want to Congratulate famous Sohail Uncle on receiving

  23. Waseem Intizar says:
    December 5th, 2007 12:37 pm

    Dear Ateeq
    please try a location given below and do tell me your findings
    Waseem Intizar

  24. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 5th, 2007 1:26 pm

    Altamash Mir,

    @Sohail Rana, popularisation of music in TV, Kalion ki
    Mala KTV children’s music segment,1964 and onwards.

    We can not forget that Sohail Rana first time “informed”
    the grand public thru Kalion ki mala, the 10 akars (thaats)
    of Ragas combined in one potpuri, its now nearly 45 years, its still in my memory and helped me understand and recognize origin of some ragas. The genius Ameer Khosro had 37 thaats of Ragas and ragnis, he introduced feminin ragnis.
    The ten thaats are, Kalyan, Bilawal, Khamaj, kafi, Malwa,
    Bhairon, Bhairanvi, Todi, Asawari, Purvi.

    Am listening learning admiring since the age of 9, a genre
    of a classical (shastria) and semi-classical music which is
    unique in the world with a multiple dimentions never ending
    story, that is our classical music. The Gharanas impressed
    me the most are Patiala, Sham chaurasi, Benares, am
    discovering now south Indian, Karnataka, B.natayam
    which are the origin of our music.

  25. Myer Hyams says:
    December 25th, 2007 1:45 am

    I studied with Suhail in the Arts College in Karachi. He is such a dynamic person, and I never had any doubt he would go far.In fact at that time, if I remember well, he already had a mini hit called ‘INDUS VALLEY ROCK’. Does any one remember it?
    In actual fact I was in High School (for about 8 years) with his brother Tanveer Rana. During the years we normally sat along side by side on the double desks in class. This was in Hyderabad (Sind). I wonder if he remembers me. Would like to hear from him.
    As for Suhail, I wish him all the best in the future and may his star shine very bright.

  26. Naveed Khan says:
    January 9th, 2008 8:06 pm

    I have seen Sohail Rana dining at a fast food take out (Called Popeye’s Chicken Restaurant) in Scarborough (Part of Greater Toronto Area). I could not recognize him on his first visit, but a colleague of mine told him that it was him. On the second visit, I asked him if he was what he is. He said yes. He looked very different. He looked old (certainly different when I was used to see him in Pakistan) and rather long hairs. People tell me he is running a music academy in Scarborough.

  27. January 11th, 2008 5:17 am

    Dear Brother
    It is very sad that our majical music gone now and we
    never tried to get back that era again.As indian old
    music revived and old music revived by their new
    generation singers and they alive those old songs.
    but we never tried to make programmes on those
    Pakistani 1960s to 1980s memorable and evergreen
    This is big selfishness with those evergreen songs
    which we forgotten.And result is that ring tones are
    avaible only indian songs or individual singers songs.
    Our Media is responsable for this and those old
    singers and old and new music directors who did unjustice with that Pakistani old
    filmi music.
    Our those old evergreen songs have much power then
    indian songs but due to ignorance and selfishness we
    lost our way.
    shakeel hussain
    Sialkot city

  28. Dr Shaoib says:
    January 19th, 2008 1:56 am

    I am insearch for most wonderful album of my youth years ” Khyber Mail” by sohail rana. Unfortunately i am unable to find it. Can someone help

  29. March 4th, 2008 5:12 pm

    I have not seen Sohail Rana Since ages…………
    I wanted to see him . Please any one of you have his contact address or telephone number please posted here .
    I will be really ….
    Thankful ….

  30. Mushhood Qureshi says:
    March 24th, 2008 4:32 pm


    I am agree with shakil husain. he’s right about our behaviour towords a great musician of Pakistan musical history.

    I think he is in USA, where he is passing his time seprately but i think he will come to us before his death we need his patriotic songs because today pakistan entered a new era after great time… today democracy came into power. and he left us alone after zia era…………… why… ? any one like to give answer to my question.


    Mushhood Qureshi.


  31. Robin John says:
    April 3rd, 2008 10:57 am

    I have had the privillage/honor to actually work for this GREAT composer as a musician,till I worked with him I learnt a lot not only about music but alot in terms of being a good human.I wish him more sucsess a pray for his health and long life …..MAY GOD BLESS HIM love RJ

  32. jalal says:
    April 3rd, 2008 2:39 pm

    Thanks you very much for sharing a lot about the music maestro Sohail Rana and also sharing his melodies of “Khyber Mail” – I bought this LP years ago in 70s out of my pocket money and it was really nice to hear the melodies again. We are at a big loss that we lost him to Canada.

  33. April 11th, 2008 3:59 am

    I am Computer Illiterate, thus cannot find him in People Searches; nevertheless, have missed Sohail A. Rana these many past decades, for I oft remember him… fondly.
    Could you help me find his Cell or Workplace phone number so that I can once again talk to him.
    We are friends for over half a century, and at this point in our lives, I am the one who wants to talk to an old friend.
    Shahid Bukhari
    +92 0321 2409713

  34. Waseem Intizar says:
    May 17th, 2008 2:41 pm

    Dear Myer Hyams I am sorry to inform you that Tanveer Rana is no more in this World he passed away nearly 16 years ago when he was in Jeddah.

  35. Waseem Intizar says:
    May 17th, 2008 2:50 pm

    Madam Fauzia,
    If you have any important message for Mr. Sohail Rana, I can pass on through some relative of Sohail Uncle.

  36. Salim says:
    May 22nd, 2008 10:58 pm

    Mir Sahib;
    Circa 1959-60, D.J. Science College Karachi, Shahid Bukhari (the post just prior to this one datedApril 11th, 2008 3:59 am) played Prince Salim. Munawwar, now the veteran TV superstar played Akbar the Great in a humorous rendition of Mughal-e-Azam. The music was written and conducted by budding maestro Suhail Rana. Suhail dazzled the entire evening.People talked about it for a long time. and I am talking again today.
    Suhail Rana, Waheed Murad and Producer Parvez Malik were classmates and my seniors in high school.
    Adil and Owais Sahiban there is no blog to match but then no one puts in the love for “All things Pakistan” as you do. Thank you!
    Yes Shahid I was in Mahfooz’s cabinet with you in DJ.
    Salim Chowdhrey.

  37. May 23rd, 2008 6:00 pm

    H i, I am Mrs Sohail Amir F rom Lahore ,Pakistan. I just wanna know if some one have any knowledge of Sohail Rana,s nephews Najeeb Hamind Khan and Nauman Hamid khan ,Where are they living right now their address ? email account or cell no#? They were used to live in house no# 46 -T Muslim Town ,Lahore till 1989.Then they moved to USA in 1989. Plz contact me as soon as any one got information about them . My mobile no is # 0321 /4201299.

  38. asma mughal(bashir) says:
    June 15th, 2008 1:55 pm

    just came across this blog by chance, and guess what the managing director is my cousin who i havent seen since 1994!!! amazing kitni choti duniya hai, aur net sey aur choti hogayi hai.. lots of salaamz to Owais bhaijaan and the rest of ure team keep up the great work!. Asma from Birmingham Uk

  39. June 21st, 2008 5:49 am

    Memories of 1962 and 1968 .What a beautiful days. Where is that culture,My best wishes with all my best prayers for LOVELY SOHAIL RANA A GREAT LEGEND OF OUR COUNTY.

  40. Fauzia Hamid says:
    June 22nd, 2008 3:57 pm

    Just now I have read Robin John comments by April 3rd, 2008 10:57 am…
    I am requesting Robin John that as he mentioned he worked with Sohail Rana. Please update me more about Sohail Rana.I m sure he must have some information about him. Where he is now adays? with what contact number?

    hope for the best and wishing for Sohail Rana.

    Fauzia Hamid

  41. Shahid says:
    September 5th, 2008 11:00 pm

    Greetings to all.

    When it comes to Melodius Music, there are only two geniuses. Mr. Madan Mohan and Mr. Sohail Rana.

    Wish I could meet Mr. Sohail Rana once again.

  42. September 13th, 2008 11:34 am


  43. December 18th, 2008 9:39 am

    I am big big fan of PTV old commercials of 1970s and mad and crazy to see them again it will be like dream become true.
    commercials like
    1- man demand capstan.
    2-lipton tea of badar munir famous ad.
    3-jet humara jet tumara jet hai sub se pyar
    4-jale jab Elahi Sons ke bulb
    5-Yamaha japani sung Mohammad Ali Sheki
    6-Bata ne diya andaz naya specailly this ad was run during Chand raat
    Love to see them if anyone brother knows its link then kindly please please let me inform I will be so thankful to them.
    shakeel hussain
    my email is

  44. December 18th, 2008 10:14 am

    I am big fan of Respected Sohail Rana and love to see his email and like to share with him my emotions and sentiments which i have for that golden era.I love to see those programme of Sohail Rana Bhai I was child that time and now 42.I love to see his musical children programmes like hum suraj chand sitare and many others.I love to see that song AATE BADAL JATE BADAL It was children song and love to see again song sung by Afshan song wasDOSTI ESA NATA JO SONE
    Brother kindly send me my good wishes to Sohail Rana Bhai and love to see his email or any massege or those songs.God bless on you and himyours brothershakeel hussainSialkot

  45. Sohail Nomani says:
    December 21st, 2008 3:50 pm

    During a recent web search I came across this excellent website on Mr Sohail Rana where apart from extensive information many of his songs are available for download.

  46. April 15th, 2009 2:28 am

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy a copy of Khyber Mail the classic Album ?

    Zain Jeewanjee

  47. Anonymous says:
    April 22nd, 2009 4:47 am

    @ Sohail Nomani

    Thanks for the link Sohail. It was a great help. I was looking for the song Dosti Aisa Nata, a rhyme from my childhood, and there I found others as well, like Daak Babu.

    Thanks once again! :)

  48. Ali Syed says:
    May 10th, 2009 12:42 pm

    Need E mail address of Suhail Rana. or phone number.
    I am residing in USA.

  49. Syed A. Nasir says:
    May 23rd, 2009 6:27 pm

    It is really a national tragedy that we don’t hear any new songs from Sohail Rana. I don’t know, we all have immeasurable love and appreciation for this outstanding person, why he opted to leave Pakistan physically but also deprived the whole nation of his gifted talents and charismatic personality. He and Imran Khan are exceptions among the whole populace.

  50. Damji says:
    June 3rd, 2009 12:40 am

    Please let me know, if you have any contact No. or email address Mr. Sohail Rana or his acadmey’s address, please i will be oblige

  51. moazzam zaheer says:
    June 10th, 2009 8:49 am

    me sohail rana sahb ka fan us waqt se hun jb me ne ye dakha aur jana k tv aek aesi machine hoti he js me program aate hen,,may b i since i was 6 years old. hm un k bachon k programe dakh kr bre hue and now im 40.sohail sahb un chand logon me se hen jnhon ne pakistan ki bht khidmt ki he allah un ko shat mnd rakhe aur lmbi umr ata frmae.aek request he agr muj sohail sahb ka koi email address mil jae to mari dil ki ghraion se khwahish he k me un se contact me rhun.thanx

  52. June 24th, 2009 3:25 pm

    Nice to read all the comments about the great Sohail Rana Sahib. He was amazing and very patriotic. I would love to learn music from him, if some one can give his contact or school address.

  53. Gardezi says:
    August 6th, 2009 9:57 am

    Wow. What great memories you have brought back.

    I grew up with his music and I think my sense of music still comes from Sohail Rana.

  54. Jabbar says:
    August 6th, 2009 10:03 am

    The three instrumental compositions are amazing. Had never heard them. Too bad they never caught on. But they are still fresh as ever and something that can be enjoyed globally. Thank you for posting these.

  55. August 6th, 2009 11:19 am

    Some comments on this from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “great”
    - “aad karta hai zamaana un insaano ko……his beautiful song.”
    - “awsum…..”
    - “he names of these persons will never die”
    - “he is a legend”
    - “I still remember, how we always wait for the program, and how we sit and sing with Sohail Rana and fellows.”
    - “even i was a very lil kid but he always has given me a smile on my face with his music and his passion regarding our home sweet home Pakistan… : ) we are proud on ya Mr. Sohail…”
    - “i salute heroes of Pakistan…”
    - “no doubt he has done a great job in promoting music and bringing up young talent in Pakistan.”

  56. ali says:
    August 6th, 2009 11:27 am

    Mr Rana was a very talented musician, I used to watch Kalyon Ki Mala on a regular basis .His composition of music was excellent and he composed music for some of the best songs in the then Pakistan`s progressive film industry.
    Mr Rana probably had his own reason to settle down in Canada with a low profile, but it has been a huge loss for Pakistan as he had the talent to turn things around in the music industry there and with the cropping up of so many TV stations now his services could have been well utilized.

  57. Music-Fun says:
    August 6th, 2009 2:48 pm

    Nice post!!!!!… guys now you can also share your views about the showbiz ppl on an exciting new website….

  58. shahran says:
    August 6th, 2009 4:28 pm

    Plz add this url

    Infact you can listen all those songs such as Apni Zaban Urdu, Tangay Wallay etc and also his movie songs as well.

    A very comprehensive website developed by one of his former students.

  59. August 6th, 2009 6:52 pm

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “the generation who grew up with his songs owes him a lot. who xan forget his brilliant students like afshan, nazneen wahidi, nazia and zohaib hasan and many others.”
    - “the generation who grew up with his songs owes him a lot. who xan forget his brilliant students like afshan, nazneen wahidi, nazia and zohaib hasan and many others.”
    - “we have to keep there soul alive”
    - “His famous program for children on TV, when it used to be black & white, used to be ‘Kalio-ke-maala’ and I still remember the song..”Dosti aesaa natta joo soaene sae bhi mehngaa”…”
    - “These programs did have a charm, a code of adab and conduct – pity that kids of today don’t have the opportunity to grow up them”

  60. ShahidnUSA says:
    August 6th, 2009 8:35 pm

    Thank you for the music. I dont get enough of the song
    “Akeley na jana”
    My childhood memories. Now I understand the song better :)

  61. Adeeba says:
    August 7th, 2009 8:06 pm

    Does anybody know whether there are any clips of Kaliyon ki maala available on the internet?

  62. ASAD says:
    August 9th, 2009 11:08 am

    I think if Sohail Rana were to repackage his childrens songs into CDs a lot of parents who grew up with those songs as kids themselves would love to buy them for their own children now. Maybe someone else can do this.

  63. Adeeba says:
    August 9th, 2009 10:37 pm

    Asad: I do know that cassettes of his children’s songs are available, having grown up on them myself. They can be purchased here:

  64. Fauzia Hamid says:
    September 30th, 2009 1:45 pm

    I m a great of fan of his music. and wanna learn from his music school. Can someone tel me the his music school address which he is running in Toronto.
    Fauzia Hamid

  65. QAMAR says:
    March 17th, 2010 2:44 pm

    dear friends
    I am fan of sohail bhai since i was in metric.I was inspired by his title music from bees din and started learning guitar.Pl help me in finding this track.

  66. Bob Gardner says:
    March 22nd, 2010 8:14 am

    Qamar, I hope you find the title track song “Bees Din” and share it with us all. Perhaps you remember the American band known as The D’Fenders who actually performed the song on the movie sound track. It was their guitars that you listened to.
    The lead guitar was played by William R. Gardner. The music of the D’Fenders first caught the ear of Sohail Rana at the wedding of Happy Manwalla at the Metropole Hotel in downtown Karachi. Thousands of people flooded the Metropole to hear the D’Fenders play. The last copy of the song that I had was on a 45 rpm record that was stepped on by one of my small children years ago.
    The D’Fenders introduced Sohail Rana to the sounds of western music. The band was made up of young teenage boys whose parents worked in Karachi. The band members names were William R. Gardner – lead guitar, Bob Gardner – drums, Jim Martin – base guitar, Jim Omps – rhythm guitar.
    The band members are still in contact with each other to this day. For reasons unknown, they are not mentioned on the record despite being 100% of the music. For their efforts and co-writing assistance they received little more than a smile and a handshake.

  67. qamar says:
    June 16th, 2010 7:40 am

    Dear Bob Gardner
    Thanks for your valuable informations.In those days only source of information was radio who used to mention the music director of bees din title song as Sohail Rana.Please send me ur email address i wish to be in contact with u.

  68. July 16th, 2010 1:17 pm

    Dear Sohail Rana Bhai Jan Salam

    How are you.I am very glad to listen those very memorable songs of my childhood of legendry Sohail Rana.
    But it is sad that in those songs one song was missed which is
    Aate Badaal Jaate Badaal which was very famous song of that time 70s.
    I love and so impatient to see or listen that song again last time when I watched that was 1978.
    And now 2010 .
    Kindly let me inform about that children song Aate Badaal Jaate Badaal
    Allah bless on you always
    sincerely yours
    shakeel hussain
    Sialkot city

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