) - Aruna Laila, one of the sixties' most prominent singers hailing from the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), has been signed on to perform at the forthcoming Sony Ericsson Lux Style Awards 2006 in what is being tipped as the star attraction of the night.
Aruna Laila chanced on the region's film playback singing at a very early age and made a name for herself by virtue of her immaculate voice quality. She was called the nightingale of the country. If India had Asha Bhonsle, Pakistan had Aruna. Soon she was singing for the leading film ladies of the time such as Zeba, Shabnam, Rani and Sangeeta. One of her earliest breakthroughs happened in the year 1965, when she sang a duet 'Masoom Sa Chehra Hai' with Ahmad Rushdi in the film 'Rishta Hai Pyar Ka'. The song became an instant success and brought Aruna to the forefront of the singers of that era.
Aruna went on to achieve popularity across the Indo-Pak subcontinent, mainly for her pop songs as well as her ghazals. She is said to have immortalised some of the ghazals she rendered, such as Ubaidullah Aleem's 'Aziz itna he rakho'.
Aruna sang for Bollywood also, but her real claim to fame remain Pak numbers such as 'Dama Dam Mast Kalandar', which has been re-sung by numerous artists who have come after her.
Aruna's career reached its peak in the mid-sixties and seventies. She has kept her golden memories alive by releasing a dazzling disco cassette. She also wooed the audiences through her enchanting style of dressing, her hairstyles and her demeanour.
She married twice. Her last marriage was with the Bangladeshi film actor Alamgir. With such a glorious track record, it goes without saying that Aruna's performance in the forthcoming Lux Style Awards is much awaited. She will be singing her masterpieces in the ceremony.