Today’s Google Doodle praises Sudirman Haji Arshad, the Malaysian singer, songwriter, author, visual artist, and actor known as “Sudirman” to his legions of fans. Search engine Google is celebrating the birthday of the late artist Sudirman Arshad today with a special neon “Doodle” ― changes made to its logo on its homepage to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous people.
As indicated by Google, the Doodle ― that must be found in Malaysia ― is out of appreciation for the amazing singer and songwriter’s contribution to country’s entertainment scene.
“Sudirman’s music has left an imprint in Malaysia even to this day as some of his more popular songs such as ‘Tanggal 31 Ogos’ and ‘Balik Kampung’ can still be heard during the festive occasions of Malaysia’s Independence Day and Aidilfitri, respectively,” it said in an announcement.
Who is Sudirman Haji Arshad
Sudirman Arshad was born on this day in 1954 in Temerloh, the most youthful of seven children in Temerloh, Pahang, on this day in 1954, Sudirman worked as a journalist and a lawyer before getting to be a standout amongst the most popular performers in Asia, associated with his piercing tenor voice and for staging one of the biggest free concerts in Malaysian history.
“His passion for singing and entertaining came to him at an early age, which was encouraged by his siblings and neighbours who were more than happy to let him entertain them,” said Google.
Sudirman Arshad broke out into the industry after winning a contest on Bintang Radio Television Malaysia, and he went on to top the charts in Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia. He has been referred to among different as the “Singing Lawyer”, having studied law at the University of Malaya where he successfully juggled classes and his affection for singing.
Sudirman has additionally dabbled in acting, journalism, writing, business, and charity.
“Sudirman possessed a voice that is instantly recognizable when heard on local radio stations and TV. As a musician, he was loved and known for his versatility as he sang songs of various languages to extraordinary choreography,” said Google.
In his most incredible performance, Sudirman held an open-air concert on Chow Kit Road on April 15, 1986, drawing a 100,000-strong crowd on a Monday night. Lifted over the audience by crane, Sudirman delivered a performance that delighted a crowd that included Malay, Chinese, and Indian fans.
At London’s Royal Albert Hall, Sudirman won recognition at the Asian Popular Music Awards in 1989, singing his mark hit “A Thousand Million Smiles” as well as a version of “Send In The Clowns” with choreography that paid tribute to Charlie Chaplin. The performance raised Sudirman’s international profile. He would go on to travel the world from Hawaii and Asia through the Middle East and Europe.
As Sudirman Arshad visited, signing autographs – regardless of whether he felt was a chore – was a duty he embraced eagerly. “He would sign every autograph, never refuse anyone who wanted to take a picture with him, always have a warm welcoming smile and was always humble,” said his previous manager, Daniel Dharanee Kannan.
Appointed a “Singing Ambassador” by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Sudirman Haji Arshad extended his crowd by singing in Malay as well as English, Tamil, Tagalog, Korean, and various Chinese dialects. He was likewise known for his week after week TV show, amid which he would sometimes serenade a member of the audience while sketching their portrait.
Sudirman Haji Arshad additionally showed up in the film Kami, about orphans living in Kuala Lumpur, and composed the children’s book Taming Si Budak Pintar. With 14 albums to his credit, Sudirman got the Malaysian music industry’s Anugerah Industri Muzik award. A road was named after him in the place where he grew up and the Sudirman Scholarship Fund was set up to help performing artists.
Sudirman Arshad died in February 1992, aged 37, because of pneumonia.