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P. Ramlee


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Penang, Malaysia (1948 – 1973)

Tan Sri P. Ramlee (22 March 1929–29 May 1973) was a Malaysian film actor, director and songwriter. Due to his contributions in the movie and music industry, as well as in the literary scene, he is often attributed as the icon of Malay entertainment in both Malaysia and Singapore.

Ramlee was born Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh to Teuku Nyak Puteh bin Teuku Karim and Che Mah Hussein at his grandmother’s house (now opened as P. Ramlee House) in Counter Hall (now renamed as Jalan P. Ramlee), Penang, Malaysia. Teuku Zakaria - P Ramlee’s birth name. ‘Teuku’ is a title for descendants of noble families from Aceh of Sumatra, Indonesia. His father Teuku Nyak Puteh was a sailor from Lho’ Seumawe in the province of Aceh, Indonesia. As a child, he studied in several schools, including the famous Penang Free School. During his school days he was very active in sports, especially sepak takraw, badminton, and football.

His big break came on 1 June 1948 when he was spotted by Indian film director B. S. Rajhans from Malay Film Productions of Jalan Ampas, Singapore. The director was impressed by Ramlee, and in 1949 he was cast in the film Nasib (Fate). Seven years later, Ramlee directed his first film Penarik Becha (The Trishaw Man). In 1957, Ramlee would act in the first of his Bujang Lapok (Dowdy Bachelors) comedic films, which are still popular among the modern Malay film watchers.


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  • Dogasm

    One of the posters here wrote there was a P. Ramlee musical. I'd love to find that. Perhaps there's video somewhere, as I don't think it's something I'm likely to see performed in Mexico. I really do think this fellow, P. Ramlee, was a bit of a genius -- always nice to run across with musicians.

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • blitzenius

    owh. dendang perantau naik minggu ni.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
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    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • laura_glori

    saya suka P. Ramlee sejak tengok filmnya di Bujang Lapok....!

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ikhlasincere

    I really wish they'd perform P Ramlee The Musical on a more regular basis. I heard it was really good ... but the performances were sold out very quickly and they were so limited!

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • umzer

    malay pride worldwide :)

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • to_you_in_grey

    P. Ramlee... I love his movies and Getaran Jiwa as well as Jangan Tinggal Daku are very beautiful <3

    17 Nov 2007 Reply
  • AllergicToCrap one like him in the history of malaysian music

    5 Nov 2006 Reply

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