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Sohail Rana: Musical Maestero

Posted on August 5, 2009
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""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:

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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
Ko-Ko-Korina
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).

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San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, CA) June 9, 2010 | Anthony W Araiza The West Valley Water District and city of Rialto have a narrow window this month to secure $16 million in state and federal money to clean some of the most perchlorate-contaminated drinking water in the Inland Empire.

This is great news for residents who, for decades, have lived on top of the Inland region’s largest uncontrolled plume of perchlorate. web site free grant money

As the water suppliers to 98 percent of Rialto, WVWD and Rialto’s city-utility have worked more than a year to obtain this grant funding at no cost to local taxpayers.

The opportunity to advance our common mission to aggressively clean up this plume is the direct outgrowth of a March 2009 agreement between WVWD and the City of Rialto.

Amazingly, the City Council voted last month to walk away from $16 million in free grant money and chose instead to saddle Rialto’s taxpayers with a $20 million debt. In the same vote, the Council conferred all responsibility on this issue to Mayor Pro Tem Joe Baca Jr. and Councilman Ed Scott.

Our agreement, including the state application, identifies Rialto- owned Well No. 6 as the primary site to start the water cleanup.

By using WVWD’s existing facilities, we planned to bring this source online within a year.

Now our shovel-ready project is threatened by Rialto officials’ short-sighted self-interests that threaten our state and federal windfall.

Rialto must stick to the March 2009 agreement that won funding in the first place. Success takes commitment – not waffling. go to web site free grant money

Our communities face a massive challenge to remove pollutants and fuels from our groundwater. WVWD will work with local and regional partners to address this challenge.

Cleaning up Well No. 6 is an important start. Loss of funding could stall the plume cleanup for years.

We urge Rialto to uphold its 2009 commitment and rejoin efforts to clean up Well No. 6.

It’s absurd for Rialto to restructure a project to the point where we all walk away emptyhanded. Rialto must honor its commitments to provide residents safe and affordable drinking water. West Valley Water District will take steps to protect this funding for the sake of Rialto’s taxpayers if Rialto refuses to do so.

Contact Rialto Mayor Pro Tem Joe Baca Jr. at 909-820-2525 or bacaj@rialtoca.gov and Councilman Ed Scott at 909-820-2525 or scotte@rialtoca.gov. Tell them to honor their commitments on the perchlorate cleanup.

Protect the $16 million we worked so hard to bring home.

Anthony W. Araiza is general manager of West Valley Water District, based in Rialto.

Anthony W Araiza

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  1. Ali Syed says:
    July 22nd, 2012 6:24 am

    Mohtaram Sohail Sahib.
    AOA.
    I am one of your fan from Peshawar(Living in USA) > i wanted to learn how play harmonium and singing skill.
    I tried all over but could not get your address of Canada. Please let me know so that i can call you on phone and visit you on your business address.

    with regards

    Ali Syed

  2. 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
    Pakistan

  3. 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.
    QAMAR

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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