PETALING JAYA: Today’s Google Doodle highlights Malaysian legend P. Ramlee’s diverse artistry that transcended the entertainment scene and won the people’s hearts. It shows him as people best remember him — sporting a thin moustache and a checkered suit, his head cocked slightly to the side.
The Penang-born icon is holding a film script in his left hand and a megaphone in his right while a guitar leans casually against the director’s chair that he sits on.
Born 88 years ago today, P. Ramlee’s artistic achievements left an indelible mark on the cultural history of Malaysia.
P. Ramlee was a prolific actor, director, writer, and musician who contributed to more than 60 films like Bujang Lapok and Ibu Mertua Ku. He also composed around 250 songs, including the evergreen Getaran Jiwa.
After his death in 1973, Malaysians kept his legacy alive, honouring him with posthumous awards and naming halls, museums, and other buildings after him.
P. Ramlee was the recipient of various awards at the Asian Film Festival, including Best Male Actor (Anakku Sazali, 1957), Best Comedy (Madu Tiga, 1964; Nujum Pak Belalang, 1960; Pendekar Bujang Lapok, 1959) and Best Musical Score (Hang Tuah, 1956) just to name a few.
He died from a heart attack at 44 and is buried at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery, in Kuala Lumpur.