Google Doodle pays tribute to Iqbal Bano on her 81st birthday

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ISLAMABAD: According to the tradition, Google Doodle is honoring another acclaimed Pakistani celebrity Iqbal Bano on her 81st birth anniversary on Saturday (December 28).
Google has shared an illustration paying tribute to the renowned Pakistani singer, reported a private news channel. The legendary singer was known for her semi-classical Urdu ghazals, songs and classical thurmis. She also sang easy-listening numbers in 1950s films. She was born in Delhi in 1938.

She studied with Ustad Chand Khan a master of classical Indian vocals and began singing on All India Radio as a teenager. The renowned singer is also known for her defiant performance of protest poetry by Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

She did playback singing for various Pakistani films. She was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Pride of Performance) medal in 1974. Iqbal Bano died on April 21, 2009, in Lahore  after a brief illness at 74.

The legendary singer was known for her semi-classical Urdu ghazals, songs and classical thumris. She also sang easy-listening numbers in 1950s films. Bano was born in Delhi in 1938, she studied with Ustad Chand Khan – a master of classical Indian vocals – and began singing on All India Radio as a teenager. 

The renowned singer is also known for her defiant performance of protest poetry by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Bano was one of the best singers of classical music, making  the brilliance of her voice and her command of musical notes.

Google honours prominent personalities and occasions with special logos that it calls ‘doodles’.

She moved to Pakistan in 1952 from Delhi and sang on Radio Pakistan, provided vocals as a playback singer for popular movies and attracted large crowds to her live concerts. She was awarded the Pride of Performance Award in 1974.

During the regime of General Ziaul Haq, Iqbal Bano sang Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poetry in a black sari before a crowd of 50,000 at a Lahore stadium in 1985, becoming a symbol of resistance. She was subsequently banned from performing or appearing on TV. Faiz had written the poem critical of military rule while in prison and the sari had been declared “un-Islamic”.

In the past, Google also paid tribute to Pakistan’s prominent personalities, Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, Waheed Murad, Nazia Hassan, Fatima Surayya Bajia and many others.