TodayEvent: The great artist Tan Sri P Ramlee was born

TodayEvent: The great artist Tan Sri P Ramlee was born

Today 93 years ago, great artist Tan Sri P Ramlee was born in Georgetown, Penang.

Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh @ Ramli bin Puteh received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Kg Jawa (now SK P Ramlee) before going to Francis Light School and then at Penang Free School until the outbreak of World War II.

In 1947, he won a singing competition organized by Radio Malaya where he used the name P Ramlee. His talent was later spotted by director BS Rajhans who invited him to join Malay Film Productions (MFP) as a background singer.

The film Chinta (1948) became his first acting film in addition to contributing a voice. His music career grew when he became the lead singer of the Radio Malaya orchestra, as well as his acting career when he became the main star of MFP films.

In 1955, he directed his first film, Penarek Becha where he was also the lead star and songwriter for the film. Since then, he has made a name for himself as an actor, singer, writer and songwriter as well as a Malay filmmaker.

The film ‘Anak-ku Sazali’ (1956) raised P Ramlee in the eyes of the world when it was named Best Male Actor at the 4th Asian Film Festival in Tokyo. At the 10th FFA, he was named “Most Versatile Talent” through his film “Ibu Mertua-ku.”

After directing 17 films at Studio Jalan Ampas, Singapore, he moved to Studio Merdeka (now Finas’ office) in Kuala Lumpur in 1964. There he directed another 18 films, beginning with “Sitora Harimau Jadian” and ending with “Laksamana Do Re Mi” ( 1972).

On May 29, 1973, P Ramlee breathed his last at the age of 44 and was buried at the Jalan Ampang Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur. Throughout his life, he starred in nearly 70 films, directed 35 of them and created about 1,000 songs.

On his date of birth in 1986, his former residence at No.22, Jalan Dedap, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur was officially opened as the P Ramlee Memorial Library.

source – Israr Khalid

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