In conjunction with the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s 88th birthday, Google paid a tribute to with his very own Google Doodle today (Wednesday, 22nd March).
Malaysian Google users will be able to find an illustration of P. Ramlee sitting on a director’s chair, armed with a music sheet in one hand and a hailer in the other, topped off with a guitar by his side. It’s a sweet tribute to acknowledge the screen legend’s contribution to the entertainment industry as a singer, composer, actor, and director.
P. Ramlee (real name Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh) was a prominent icon of Malay entertainment who contributed to more than 60 films and composed around 250 songs. At the height of his fame, his work reached as far as Brunei and Sumatra, Indonesia as well as in Hong Kong and Japan.
On 29th May 1973, he passed away at the age of 44 years old from a heart attack and was buried at Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery, in Kuala Lumpur.
In 1986, 13 years after his death, in honour of his contributions to the Malaysian entertainment industry, the P. Ramlee Memorial or Pustaka Peringatan P. Ramlee was built in his home in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. In 1982, the street Jalan Parry, in the center of Kuala Lumpur, was renamed Jalan P. Ramlee in his honour. In 1990, he was posthumously awarded the Malaysian honorific title Tan Sri, and then in 2009, the honorific title of “Datuk Amar” by Sarawak State Government.
“Google Doodle today highlighted the legendary artiste whose talents reached beyond the world of entertainment and winning the hearts of the people, from all walks of life,” Google said.
“Today’s Doodle highlights the Malaysian legend’s diverse artistry and shows him as people best remember him — sporting a thin moustache and a checkered suit, his head cocked slightly to the side,” it added.
Happy 88th birthday, P. Ramlee :)