LAHORE - The 15th death anniversary of legendry playback singer Masood Rana was observed in the provincial metropolis on Monday. Masood Rana born on June 9, 1938 in Mirpur Khas, Sindh in a Rajput family, started his singing career from Radio Pakistan Haiderabad in 1955 and established a singer group in Karachi in the early 1960s. Masood Rana got his first breakthrough when the renowned actor Saqi introduced him to producer and director Iqbal Shehzad and musician Deebo. His first film song was in the film Inqalab and the song was Mashriq ki tareek faza mein nya svera phoota hay which was composed by music director NK Rahoor but he got fame from his second film Banjaran in 1962. He was proudly introduced as Pakistani Rafi and always lived up to his reputation. He was a specialist in singing difficult songs in very high pitch and was the first choice for title and theme songs. In 1964, the Punjabi song Tange wala khair mangda in the film Daachi was a street song. He then became the most dominating male singer in both Urdu and Punjabi films when his six songs in film Hamarahi(1966) were mega hits. Masood Rana sang for more than 550 films and he worked continuously from his first film in 1962 till his death in 1995. Rana was considered to be the most successful singer after Ahmed Rushdi. Masood Rana also appeared as actor in few films but he was not successful in this field. He was solo hero in film Shahi Faqeer (1970) and side-hero in films Do Mutiaran (1968) and Yaar Badshah (1971). As guest actor he was seen in films like Sangdil, Do Rangeeley, Noukar Wohti da, Ajj di Gall, Khushia and Dostana. Hundreds of famous Punjabi and Urdu songs including Tere bina yun gharian beetin, Tumhi ho Mehboob mere, main kyun na tumhen pyar karun, Sajna ne Buhey agge chik tann leyi, Soch ke Yaar banawin Bandia, Dil dian lagian janey na, Tere hath ki bedardey aaya phullan jeya dil tor ke, Ya apna kise nu kar lay, ya aap kise da ho Belia, Sajno, eh Nagri Daata di, Mere dil ke hay awaz keh bichra yaar mile ga, Karm ki ik nazar ham par Khudara, Ya Rasoo Lallalh and Sathio, Mujahido, jaag utha hay sara Watan are on the credit of Masood Rana.