Rasheed Attre

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Rasheed Attre
رشید اٹری
Also known as Rasheed Attre
Born 1919 (1919)
Origin Lahore
Died December 18, 1967 (1967-12-19) (aged 48)
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation(s) Film composer

Rasheed Attre (Urdu: رشید اٹری‎; 1919 – December 18, 1967) was a Pakistani film music composer.[1][2] Rasheed's grandson, Jimmy Attre, is a pop singer.

Great composer of the Indo-Pak subcontinent, Abdur Rasheed, who is widely known as Rasheed Attre, was born in Amritsar, Punjab, India, in 1919. His father, Khushi Mohammad, was also highly acclaimed singer-musician in his time. Young Rasheed acquired his initial music lessons from Khan Sahib Ashfaq Husain. Brilliant enough, Rasheed soon mastered the musical instruments in general and tabla, in particular.

In the early 1940s, Rasheed decided to consolidate his efforts towards composition and started his music career from Mahishori pictures, Lahore, for whom he composed two songs for the film ‘Pagli'. The rest of ‘Pagli's' songs were composed by Ustaad Jhanday Khan.

For the first time in 1942, Rasheed independently composed songs for Indira Puri picture production, the film ‘Mamta' (Director: Hafiz Jee, lead actor:Kalawati)

Rasheed exudes an altogether different tune and it was all the more evident in the Naueek Chitar Pat's 1944 movie, ‘Pana' (Director: Najam Naqui, lead actress: Geeta Nizami, formerly known as Mohani, lead actor: P.J. Raj.

Attre collaborated with the musician Ameer Ali to compose ‘Pana's' songs, which was an instant hit, largely due to its powerful lyrics and superb music. Rasheed also composed songs for Naueek Chitar Pat's another production, the film ‘Kamra No.9.'

In fact, before ‘Kamra No.9, Rasheed and his co-musician, Pundit Amar Naath, had immortalized the songs for the Pancholi Art pictures production, ‘Shireen Farhaad' (released in 1945,director: Paro Hala Dutt, starring: Raagni, Junait, whose real name was Zakaria Khan and who was the father of Indian actor Amjad Khan.

Music lovers feel that Attre has a special resonance today, when they think of the mid 1940s, when Attre became the first music director to compose songs for the Bombay talkies first muslim social film ‘Nateeja', whose superhit ghazal ‘Kahan mein aur kahan deen-e-haram ki kashmakash, Nakhb, kis kay naqsh-e- pa per rakh diya ghabra kay sar mein nay' is popular to date. (‘Nateeja' starring:

Shamim Banu, Yaqoob S. Khaleel, Randheer, Jalo bai, Majeed, director: Najam Naqui)

Wistful magic of Rasheed was quite forceful in Roop kay Shoori's film ‘Paaro' cast: Geeta Nizami or Mohni and Randheer.

Afterwards, he came out with magnificent music for director Shahid Lateef's movie, ‘Shikayat'. The first Pakistani film for which Rasheed lent his music was director Masood Pervez's ‘Beli'.

Three years after ‘Beli', Rasheed was in-charge of music for director Nazeer's punjabi film, ‘Shehri Babu', whose evergreen songs still reverberates in our ears. Attre's music for director W.Z. Ahmed's 1954 family-friendly film ‘Roohi' was a success.

Rasheed Attre's music is all very praise-worthy in director Nazeer's film ‘Khatoon', which was popular for its tuhmri. Attre's composition exhibits an astonishing range and power in director Anwar Kamal Pasha's superhit film 'Sarfarosh.' In 1954, Rasheed was also given the responsibility of composing songs for director Anwar Kamal Pasha's golden jubilee punjabi film ‘Chan Mahi' (lyrics: Tufail Hoshiyar Puri, starring: Bahar, Aslam Pervez) Attre was, indeed, a powerhouse of a musician and a case in point is director W.Z. Ahmed's all-time favorite film, ‘Wada', which happened to be a movie from a more idealistic time. At the height of his fame, Attre came up with his magical composition for director Anwar Kamal Pasha's semi historical movie, ‘Anar Kali'. To be precise, it was a joint venture of Rasheed Attre and master Enayat Husain Bhatti.

Rasheed Attre passed on December 18, 1967, at the age of 48.



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