Radio Pakistan arranged special programmes to pay tribute to renowned singer Mala. A special feature of 30 minutes duration was broadcast at 4:30 pm and 50 minute long tribute was also aired at 10:10 pm on Wednesday night in Sur Sangeet from FM 93.
She was born in Faisalabad. Her real name was Naseem Nazli. She was interested in singing and music from a young age.
Her elder sister happened to be her first music teacher and Naseem learnt the essentials of music from her.
She started her career somewhere around late fifties. She sung more than 300 songs in almost 2 decades singing career.
Mala was a top female singer and sung many super hit songs in almost two decades singing career in the 60s and 70s.
Prominent musician G.A. Chishti introduced her in a Punjabi film but she got breakthrough from film Mehboob.
Her first Urdu film was "Suraj Mukhi" in which she changed her name to Mala and sang a simple Urdu composition‚ Aaya re dekho (1962). But she got breakthrough from film Mehboob in 1962 with this super hit song: Sapno mein urri urri jaun.
Mala faded out of the popular music scene towards the late seventies and died on March 6‚ 1990.