Sathiyo Mujahido jaag utha hai - Masood Rana & Shukat Ali

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Masood Rana was a film singer from Pakistan. He began his singing career in 1962 with the film Inqalab and became the top male singer in both Urdu and Punjabi films for more than three decades. He sang in the highest number of films and was a busy film singer until his death on October 4, 1995.

Masood Rana was born in Mir Pur Khas, Sindh to a landowner family which had migrated from the East Punjab city Jalandhar. His started his singing career on Radio Pakistan Hydrabad in 1955 and established a singer group in Karachi in the early 60's with two other famous names in showbiz - Nadeem and Akhlaq Ahmad. Masood Rana was got his first breakthrough when the renowned actor Saqi introduced him to producer and director Iqbal Shehzad and musician Deebo. His first film song was in the film Inqalab and the song was Mashriq ki tareek faza mein nya svera phoota hay... composed by music director N. K. Rahoor but he got fame from his second film Banjaran in 1962. He was proudly introduced as "Pakistani Rafi" and always lived up to his reputation. He was a specialist in singing difficult songs in very high pitch and was the first choice for title and theme songs.

In 1964, the Punjabi song Tange wala khair mangda... in the film Daachi was a street song. he then became the most dominating male singer in both Urdu and Punjabi films when his six songs in film Hamarahi (1966) were mega hits. Masood Rana is still the only male singer in Pakistani films who sang more than 300 songs in each of two languages - Urdu and Punjabi. He sang in more than 550 films and he worked continuously from his first film in 1962 till his death in 1995.
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Shaukat Ali Khan started singing during his college days (1960s) but got recognised as a folk singer in 1970. Since then, he has continuously been singing ghazals and Punjabi folk songs.

"Keon door door rehende oh mere kolon, mainu dass deo hoea ki kassor mere kolon" was his first Punjabi song that had recognised him as a folk singer in the Pakistani society.

Hailing from a family of artistes, his elder brother Inayat Ali Khan, also a great singer, was his ustaad. Keeping the family tradition alive, his son Imran Shaukat Ali has also gained name and fame in the recent past.

Apart from ghazals, the famous Punjabi folk song of Shaukat Ali is: "challa and kadi te hass kebol ve naan saadi jind rol ve". Among ghazals, "jab bahaar aae to sehra ki tarf chal nikla", is on the lips of every Pakistani and Indians.

Recalling his first meeting with Mohammad Rafi in 1979 in London he said, "I was surprised to hear my cassette in the car stereo of Rafi sahib. It was a great honor for me. Later, he supported me a lot.

Shaukat Ali Khan, who is better known as the 'Voice of Punjab', has also been honored with the highest Pakistani civilian Presidential award. He first gave live performance during 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. Since then, he has performed a number of times in India and many other countries.