Today marks the first anniversary of legendary singer Zia Mohyeddin’s passing

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Karachi: The 1st death anniversary of the renowned Pakistani singer and actor Zia Mohyeddin is being observed today.

The outstanding broadcaster Zia Mohyeddin was born on June 20, 1931 in Faisalabad, and graduated from Government College Lahore in 1949. He received higher education from Australia and then England.

During 1953 to 1956, he received training in acting, directing and drama from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and showcased his acting skills in the UK for a long time, and achieved fame through many famous films and dramas.

Zia Mohyeddin worked with Hollywood actor Omar Sharif and Anthony Quin in the film “Lawrence of Arabia” directed by famous director David Lean. He hosted the famous TV talk show “The Zia Mohyeddin Show” from 1969 to 1973 which established new records of popularity in Pakistan.

Zia Mohyeddin presented various programs on PTV like “Paille”, “Chacha Chhakke”, and “Zia ke Saath” and played the hero against actress Rozina in the Lollywood film “Mujrim Kaun”. He assumed the directorship of the PIA Arts Academy from 1973 to 1977, and in February 2005, he laid the foundation of the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi and was elected as the President of NAPA.

Zia Mohyeddin was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 2003, the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pakistani community residing in Dubai in 2017.

He passed away in Karachi on February 13, 2023 after a brief illness.

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