Pakistani Music and Singers
*Madam Noor Jehan
» Munawar Sultana
» Ali Bakhsh Zahoor
» Kousar Perveen
» Inayat Hussain Bhatti
» Zubaida Khanum
» Iqbal Bano
» Malka Pukhraj
» Pakhraj Pappu
» Salim Raza
» Munir Hussain
» Naseem Begum
» Ahmad Rushdi
» Mehdi Hassan
» Naheed Niazi
» Najma Niazi
» Fazal Hussain
» Azra Saleem
» Salamat Ali
» Sharaft Ali
» S.B. John
» Zahida Perveen
» Zeenat Begum
» Irene Perveen
» Nazir Begum
» Imdad Hussain
» Sain Akhtar
» Sain Mehmood
» Mubarak Begum
MEETHI MEETHI BATIYON SE JIYA NA JALA-RAAZ
Film RAAZ, A memorable movie of that era, jis ki khusooseat is film ki kahani aur awami adakar ALLAUDDIN ki naqabil e faramosh acting thi. suspense aur tajjassus say murrassa yeh film hamari film industry ka urooj yaad delati hai, SHAMIM ARA played a club dancer role in this movie not heroin.From the 60s/70s
» M. Kaleem
» S.D. Batish
» Bashir Ahmad
» Masood Rana
» Ustad Amanat Ali Khan
» Farida Khanum
» Asif Khan
» Qazi Anwar Hussain
» Khursheed Begum
» Shoukat Ali
» Waseem Farooqi
» Salim Shehzad
» Nighat Seema
» Naseema Shaheen
» Mujeeb Alam
» Runa Laila
» Dina Laila
» Tasawur Khanum
» Habib Wali Mohammad
» Firdousi Begum
» Shehnaz Begum
» Rajjab Ali
» Samar Iqbal
» Nayyara Noor
» Akhlaq Ahmad
» A. Nayyar
» Robina Badar
» Ghulam Ali
» Pervez Mehdi
» Shoukat Saleem
» Naheed Akhtar
» Ghulam Abbas
» Assad Amanat Ali Khan
» Khayal Mohammad
» Meh Jabeen Qazalbaash
» Hassan Sadiq
» Shahida Mini
» Trannum Naz
» Shamsa Kanwal
From the 80s/90s
» Humera Channa
» Azra Jehan
» Anwar Rafi
» Waris Baig
» Asif Javed
» Asif Mehdi
» Hamid Ali Khan
» Arshad Mehmood
» Adnan Sami Khan
» Tehseen Javed
» Shabnum Majeed
» Saira Naseem
» Farooq Shaad
» Tauseef Daar
» Ameer Ali
» Naseebo Laal
» Shazia Manzoor
Madam Noor Jehan was the greatest film and music personality in the history of showbiz in Pakistan.
She started her film career in the age of just nine years old and became super star as baby artist and then a top singer and actress in Indian movies. After the partition, she moved from Bombay and started her film career in Pakistan as actress, singer and the first female film director with film Chann We in 1951. Her last film Ghalib was released in 1961.Since 1959 she became playback singer and dominated in more than 35 years. She sung appropriately more than six thousand songs in Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi films.
She married twice, first with film director Shoukat Hussain Rizvi in 1942 and then film producer and hero Ejaz Durrani in 1959 and she had six children’s.
Madam Noor Jehan was born in a very poor family on September 21, 1926 at Qasoor, Punjab and died on December 23, 2000 at Karachi as one of the richest woman in the country.
Salim Raza was a super star playback singer, who dominated Pakistani Urdu film music from the mid 50s to the mid 60s. He was born in Lahore in a Christian family and his first film as playback singer was Qatil in 1955. He got breakthrough from his all time super hit song “Yaaro mujhe muaaf rakho, main nashey mein hoon…” (Saat Laakh – 1957)
He sung many other super hit songs in many big films like Aas Paas, Do Rastey, Haboo, Hamsafar, Seema and many more (See the list to the right). His last big film was Pail ki jhankar in 1966.
Salim Raza died in 1983 in Canada.
Salim Raza did try a music school in Canada but it failed.. us par taxes demand kiay Canadian Govt nay as if it had to earn millions :( dhalti umar, lagatar Sugar aur blood pressure kay effects .. maali mushkilaat, family ki sard-mehri, ghair-mulk mein rehnay kay apnay problems .. BBC nay bhi sirf maali-madad karnay kay liay hi bulaya tha in ko cuz unhein pata chala tha kay ye financial crisis mein hain. Salim Raza khud-dar aadmi thay unhoo nay 15 min ki recording kay charges kay taur par unki help qabool ki. zara ghaur say loud suna isay to awaz mein jhalak mili unkay maazi ki. Waqt bahut bayrehm hay Mian. Josh says in Yadon ki Barat “Waqt insan ka batway (purse) jaisa moonh bana deta hay” phir Kharab sehat aur lagatar moozi beemari say fight. Pata nahi kin halat mein ye 3 songs record kiay hongay.
Mehdi Hassan was born in a musician family in Rajhistan, India. He is more famous as Ghazal-singer and is best known as The King of Ghazal´s (Shehnshah-e-Ghazal) but in fact, he was the most successful playback singer in Pakistani Urdu films. His first released film was a Karachi made Urdu film Kanwari Beva in 1956 but his first song was in film Shikar in the same year which was: Nazar milte hi dil ki bat ka,,,labon par charcha na ho jaye…….
very nice composition by Robin Ghosh and Mehdi Hassan sahab ka to jawab he nahi,Film: Aaina, Released on:March 18, 1977 Actors: Shabnam, Nadeem, Music: Robin Ghosh, Amitabh copied Nadeem in same situation in Dostana, Both are very goood, poetry is by the great poet Suroor Barabankvi,
He struggled many years and got breakthrough from a Lahore-made film Susraal in 1962 with the song:Jis ne mere dil do dard diya,
us shakkal ko main ne bhulaya nahin……..Film Farangi (1964) was a milestone for Mehdi Hassan, when his Ghazal: Gullon mein rang bharey, bad-e-nobahar chaley…
Chaley bhi ao keh Gulshan ka karobar chaley………became a “Street song”. He was on the top of his film career in the 1970’s when he sang a big number of super hit songs in Pakistani films.
According to the complete songography, Mehdi Hassan sang a total number of 631 film songs in 445 released films from 1956-2000.
Beautiful lyrics, sweet music, everlasting voice,chocolate hero and cute zeba…what a combination have made this ghazal evergreen, Mehdi Hassan Khan a legend and an asset of Pakistani music.
Thaare naina barey beimaan hain-Aeena Aur Surat
He sang 542 songs in 368 Urdu films and 87 songs in 75 Punjabi films. He also sang in Sindhi and Bengali films. 1975 was his best year with 72 songs in a calendar year…..Some Urdu musical films
» Insaan aur Admi
» Insaaf aur Qanoon
» Ek Raat
» Mera naam hai mohabbat
Some Punjabi musical films
» Sassi Punnu
» Ishq mera naa
» Sohni Mehinwal
Ahmad Rushdi was a top playback singer in Pakistani films in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was most popular among the young music fans and a proudly answer to the Indian singer Kishore Kumar.
He started his show biz career as a stage actor in Indian city Hyderabad in 1952 where he sang his first song in film Ibrat. He migrated to Pakistan in 1954 and joined Radio Pakistan Karachi. He was honored to sing The National Anthem of Pakistan with ten other singers in 1955. His first superhit song on Radio was:
Bandar Road se Kemari, meri chali re Ghorha Garhi,
Babu, ho jana footpath par….
written an composed by Mehdi Zaheer.
Some facts about Ahmad Rushdi
Ahmad Rushdi’s first film as playback singer was Karnama but Karachi made Urdu film Anokhi was his first released film in 1956. The first film song was:
Mari Laila ne aisi katar, Mian Majnu ko aaya bukhar… was filmed on Lehri.
His first hit song was from Lahore made film Speran in 1961 with the lyrics:
Chand sa Mukhra, gora badan… filmed on Habib and music by Manzoor Ashraf (first film).
He got breakthrough from film Mehtab’s mega hit street song:
Gol Gappe wala aya, gol gappe laya…
in 1962 which was filmed on Allauddin.
His first Punjabi film was Chodhary in 1962 and the first Punjabi song was filmed on Asif Jah, which was:
Pyar tera main jholi paya te taaney marey Sharikan…
He became 1960’s “Abrar-ul-Haq” after his western style song “Koko-koreena… in film Armaan (1966)
Ahmad Rushdi’s peak period was from 1963-77. His last film as playback singer was Mashiq-o-Maghrib in 1985.
Ahmad Rushdi sang 812 Urdu, 132 Punjabi, 3 Sindhi, 3 Gujarati and a single English song – a total number of 951 film songs. These figures are without songs from un-released films and none-film songs.
Ahmad Rushdi’s 951 songs in 508 released films could be a record for any male singer in Pakistani films but according to incomplete songography of Masood Rana, his songs are 887 in 574 released films. Followed by Mehdi Hassan’s 631 songs in 445 films (complete figures)
Ahmad Rushdi sang the highest number of 812 Urdu songs in the highest number of 421 Urdu films. Followed by Mehdi Hassan’s 542 songs in 368 films (complete figures) and Masood Rana’s 357 Urdu songs in 213 films (incomplete figures).
Ahmad Rushdi sang 132 Punjabi songs in 75 Punjabi films. He was not successful in Punjabi films and sang mostly B- or C-class songs. But his Punjabi songs tally is the third highest by any male singer in Pakistan after Masood Rana’s 526 songs in 360 Punjabi films (incomplete figures) and Inayat Hussain Bhatti’s 222 songs in 114 films (complete figures)
Ahmad Rushdi sang the highest number of songs for Waheed Murad and set a record for the first ever “centaury partnership” by any male singer and actor. The only other example is by Mehdi Hassan-Mohammad Ali pair.
He also appeared as actor in following fims:
Aur bhi gham hayn (1960)
Raat ke Rahi (1960)
Lakho Fasaney (…)
Lakhon mein ek (1967)
Baharen phir bhi ayen gi (1969)
Chodhvin sadi (1972)
Dekha jaye ga (1976)
Ahmad Rushdi regards as a folk singer in the Urdu-speaking area’s. He was born on April 24, 1934 at Hyderabad Deccan (India) and died on April 11, 1983 at Karachi.
Mala was a top female singer and only the second best to Madam Noor Jehan as playback singer. She sung many super hit songs in almost two decades singing career in the 60s/70s. Prominent musician G.A. Chishti introduced her in a Punjabi film Aabroo in 1961. Her first Urdu film was Suraj Mukhi but she got breakthrough from film Mehboob in 1962 with this super hit song:
Sapno mein urri urri jaun…
Mala was born in Faisalabad, her real name was Naseem Begum and she was younger sister of Pakistan’s first female music director Shamim Nazli. She died on March 6, 1990
Here are some of her other super hit film songs:
1-Dil deta hai ro ro duhai (Ishq par zor nahin 1963)
2-Agar tum pyar se dekho to apni jan (…..)
3-Tujh peh qurban, dilbar jan (Sarhad 1966)
4-Shama ka Shola bharak raha hai (Aadil 1966)
5-Dil mein basaya pyar se ham ne (Jaag utha Insaan 1966)
6-Kise awaz dun, tere siwa… (Sharik-e-Hayyat 1968)
7-Tere gham se mohabbat ho geye hai (Shab bakhair 1968)
8-Too ne bar bar kiya mujhe beqarar (Saza 1970)
9-Chaley thandi hawa chham chham (Najma 1970)
10-Ek albela Sajjan, too ne giriftar kiya (Naz 1970)
11-Pyar ke Naghmey kis ne chhairey (Baharen phir bhi ayengi 1970)
12-Dillun mann layi, teri bann geyi (Ucha naa pyar da 1970)
13-Koi kar ke bahana sanu mil Mahi we (?)
Some Urdu musical films
» Chand aur Chandni
» Behan Bhai
» Dil mera dharkan teri
» Nayi Laila Naya Majnoo
» Charagh kahan Roshni kahan
» Pyar ka mousam
» Haar geya Insaan
Some Punjabi musical films
» Mouj Mela
» Chann Makhna
Masood Rana was the most perfect and the most versatile playback singer in both Urdu and Punjabi films. He was the only male singer in Pakistani films who continuously sang from his first film in 1962 till his death in 1995 – 34 years..!
Masood Rana began his singing career in 1955 from Radio Pakistan Hyderabad. His first film as playback singer was a Karachi made Urdu film Inqalab in 1962 and his first film song was a patriotic song:Mashriq ki tareek faza mein naya svera phoota hay
Ab yeh raaz khuley ga sab par kis ne kis ko loota hay
Masood Rana got breakthrough from his all time hit Punjabi song Tange wala khair mangda… in film Daachi (1964). Music critics called him Pakistani Rafi when he sang six mega hit songs in very high pitch in film Hamrahi (1966).
He was the first choice of every musician when there was any difficult song, especially songs in very high pitch. He was specialist in singing of title & theme songs in Pakistani films. His peak period was from 1964-76 and then 1990-94.
Masood Rana was born in Mir Pur Khas, Sindh in a Punjabi landowner family which belongs to Jalandhar, East Punjab and he died on October 4th, 1995. According to the incomplete songography, Masood Rana sang 887 songs in 574 released films from 1962-99. He sang 357 songs in 213 Urdu films and 526 songs in 360 Punjabi films. He also sang in Sindhi, Siraiki, Arabic and English. 1966 was his best year with 73 songs in a calendar year.
Some Urdu musical films
» Mere Mehboob
» Chand aur Chandni
» Dil mera dharkan teri
» Neend hamari khawab tumhare
» Baharo Phool Barsao
Some Punjabi musical films
» Bharia Mela
» Jigri Yaar
» Mirza Jatt
» Bau Jee
» Sheran di jori
» Dillan de soudey
» Dil dian lagiyan
» Do Rangeelay
» Jeera Blade
» Banarsi Thugg
» Nagri Daata di
» Noukar Wohti da
» Sala Sahib
» Ishq nachawe gali gali
» Pyar karan toon naeen darna
Nayyara Noor- Queen of Melody
Real music and poetry which takes me out of this world in Fantasy Land, This sears through the heart, Nayyara has made the song timeless, This is the Best song of Nayyara, such a beutiful melody, her voice gave a mesmerising effect to this poem, superb, fabulous….Jiyo Nayyara Noor, it’s a master piece by Shamim Ahmed and Nayyara noor, Nostalgia, I have childhood memories of our tv room with my brothers and sisters.
Great song with beautiful voice of Nayyar Noor, I hope Lollywood would work hard to bring back the family oriented movies and songs, A claasic!! So good that India copied it entirley in 1982’s Pyar Jukta nahin, India has copied so many songs of Robin Ghosh, he used to work with Lakshmi kant -payaray lal, Nadeem is reading ‘Jang’ Newpaper and Shabnam is ‘Amn’ Which in english is called ‘War’ & ‘Peace’. What a work according to Lyrics, AAEENA, this film has record in pak film industry which was being shown more than 5 years without breaking any one day in karachi on main theater BAMBINO.
she belongs to one of the richest family of pakistan but wow she is so simple and awesome, Nayyara should be declared a living national treasure. She is matchless, the way she says “hum” in the beginning simply takes my breath away, a beautiful ghazal by Faiz sahib. It was sung by shazia manzoor in the background of an old PTV drama “Maigh Malhar” which was filmed around the time when East Pakistan (now Bangladash) seperated from West Pakistan, a great tragedy though perhaps for the betterment of both parts, anyway back to the main topic, this ghazal is really heart touching, Faiz sahib was and is one of the greatest poet of Pakistan.
Songs of Nayyara Noor-Download
The Melody Queen of Pakistan-Nayyara Noor was born in 1950 in Assam. Her family was a merchant class hailing from Amritsar who had settled in Gohati in the Eastern regions of India. Her father was an active member of the Muslim League and in 1958, the family moved to Pakistan. As a child, Nayyara is said to have been inspired by the bhajans of Kanan Devi and Kamla as well as the ghazals and thumris of Begum Akhtar.
Although Nayyara had no formal musical background nor formal training, she was discovered by Professor Israr at the Islamia College in Lahore after hearing her sing for her friends and teachers at an annual dinner at the National College of Arts in Lahore in 1968. Soon thereafter she was asked to sing for the university’s Radio Pakistan programme.
In 1971, Nayyara made her pubic singing debut in Pakistani television serials and then beginning with films like Gharana and Tansen. She has since sung ghazals composed by the likes of Ghalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz and has performed with Mehdi Hassan. She has won three gold medals in the All Pakistan Music Conference and a Nigar Award for best female singer. She has since performed at countless mehfils and mushairas having cemented a following among ghazal lovers in Pakistan and India.
Talent rises to the top
Teri zameen kay ye chand taray hai jin ki Aankhon mein pyar tera
Sadaqatoan kay deye jala kar barha rahay hain waqar tera gawah rehna
Watan ki matti gawah rehna gawah rehna, The infinite capacity of the human voice is mind- boggling. When it comes to Nayyara, we realize that her voice has literally captivated the hearts and minds of those who enjoy beautiful singing throughout the world.
Sober, reserved, and shy, Nayyara fell into the music business by a fluke. In the early 1970s, she was doing a course with a diploma granted at completion in textile designing from the national college of arts, At that time, colleges and universities regularly held all Pakistan contests in various subjects, in which Nayyara often participated and won prizes, as well, A little later, she introduced herself to the relevant people in Pakistani television, In those days, Rafiq Waraij had been affiliated with an entertainment program. He had heard about Nayyara’s talents, and decided to give her an opportunity to sing.
Besides, in the mid-seventies, Nayyara had recorded a lot of geet, and ghazals for Arshad Mehmud for Pakistan television program, ‘Such gup’, and ‘Taal matol’.
Probably, Nayyara’s ascent from a textile designer to a reputed singer was propelled more by her own curiosity than ambition, It seemed that she was perfectly poised for the ghazal below:
‘Aye jazba-e-dil gar mein chahoon her cheese muqabil Aaja ye, manzil kay liye do gaam chaloon aur saamnay manzil Aaja ye’. Music composer, Master Manzoor Hussain, Poet, Bhehzad Lucknavi, recorded in Nayyara’s voice for Pakistan television’s music program, ‘Sukhanwar’.
‘Jazba-e-dil’ sent Nayyara into the stratosphere, Her initial huge success encouraged budding artists, including young, aspiring Pakistani girls to come forward and try their luck in the music arena, Nayyara’s lilting singing voice is a translation of music through the soul. Here is a more- subtle example of Nayyara’s artistic caliber:
‘Chalo usko’, nazm, poet, Zehra Nigah, composer, Mian Sheheryaar Zaidi, Pakistan television drama’83, ‘Daur-e-junoon’. Her ingenuity is evident perhaps, no where more so than in the presentation below:
‘Kabhi hum khubsurat thay’. Poet, Ahmed Shamim, Pakistan television drama serial, ‘Teesra kinara’.
Nayyara was the guest in the second episode of Anwar Maqsood’s Karachi television stage show, ‘Silver Jubilee’, in 1983. In ‘Silver Jubilee’, she rendered this geet, ‘Ghata ghanghor ghor, moar machaway chore, moray sajan Aaja’. Nayyara received tremendous applause from the audience in general and from Khursheed Banu in particular. Khursheed Banu, originally sang ‘Ghata ghanghor’, in the Indian film ‘Taan Sain’, Years ago Nayyara was so inspired by Begum Akhtar, that she was fond of listening to Begum Akhtar’s ghazals in old fashioned r m p gramophone record players, because audio cassette players were not common then.
This further enhanced Nayyara’s aptitude in music. Moreover, in college days, she was accustomed to singing ghazals, which had been originally recorded in Begum Akhtar’s voice and she gained a lot of popularity.
In Nayyara’s own words, ‘ghazal leaves a profound impact on the listener. The effect is rapid and lasting.’ Additionally, the ghazals, which Nayyara recorded for Pakistan television, have virtually immortalized the television’s image to the general public, Below is a ghazal that endured through all those years:
‘Rang barsaat nay bharay kuchh to’. Poet, Nasir Kazmi, Nayyara’s favorite poet.
Nayyara, who is an embodiment of humility, goes down in the annals of Pakistani show business as a rare singer few could imitate. Below is a fairly obvious example:
‘Phir sawan ruth ki pawan chali, tum yaad Aaye.’ Poet, Nasir Kazmi.
She stole the hearts of her fans with ‘Aye ishq hamay barbaad na kar’. Nazm, poet, Akhtar Shirani, exquisitely composed by Khalil Ahmed.Additionally, Nayyara believes that Ibn-e-Insha’s lyrics carry a unique pathos.
Below is an example:
‘Jale to jalao gori.’ Poet, Ibn-e-Insha.
Below is a national song, which Nayyara sang with inspiring conviction; its composition conveys the loyalty of world listeners. This presence never leaves:
‘Watan ki matti gawah rehna, gawah rehna.’
‘Watan ki matti’ is widely listened from Karachi to Khyber.
While sharing her views with the people, Nayyara had said, ‘it is a matter of considerable pleasure and honor for a singer to be praised by a poet.’ In her case, she added, ‘Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi was all praise for her artistic talents.’ In the richer realm of poetry, there are a myriad of other examples of Nayyara’s brilliant rendition.
Nayyara, an unobtrusively intelligent woman, brought us closer to reality in the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. For instance, the masterpiece below:
‘Hum keh tehray ajnabi.’
Similarly, Nayyara recorded ‘Panchi bawara’ with plenty of zest. Hence, her admirers feel proud, and rightly so. Likewise, with ‘Wo jo hum mein’, she endeared herself to the Pakistani public. Below is a nazm to warm your spirit-Pakistani style:
‘Lub pay Aati hai dua.’
The following poetry in Nayyara’a voice is still popular with the populace:
‘Aaj bazaar mein.’
Through her mellifluous voice, Nayyara brings to her music the sobering sense of a singer’s prowess:’Jano kahan jao.’
In the soft tones of her voice, ‘Jhula kinnay dala’, sounds fabulous.
Her passion for perfection keeps Nayyara on her toes all the time.
Below is an example:
‘Mujhay wida kar.’
She brings out all possible emotions through her voice. Below is another example:
‘Mujhay apni zabt.’
The melodies and lyrics were learned by Nayyara and applauded by music buffs, like this one:
‘Preet nagar say.’
Nayyara increasingly found opportunities to show her dramatic abilities, notably in ‘Tuk dair jo Aanay.’
Nayyara is the wife of singer-cum-composer, Mian Sheheryaar Zaidi. Furthermore, Sheheryaar’s two sisters, Yasmeen Wasti and Arjumand Shaheen, used to be the renowned Pakistan television’s newscasters. Both Nayyara and Sheheryaar lent their voice to numerous songs, which were previously recorded in the voice of Kundan Lal Saigal, Khursheed Begum and other prominent singers of the distant past.
Reverting to ghazal, the purpose of ghazal is to celebrate its values in uncorrupted form. Presumably, Pakistani and, to some extent, even non-Pakistani audiences are acquainted with those values.
Nayyara made her professional singing debut in a 1973 movie, ‘Gharana’, directed by K Khursheed, theatrical release was on March 23, 1973.
Songwriter, Kaleem Usmani, must have written these romantic lyrics with Nayyara in mind!
‘Tera saya jahan bhi ho sajna, palkain bicha doon, sari umer bita doon.’
‘Tu jo bulaye sajna mein bun patang chali Aaoon.
Chore kay sara zamana teray rang mein he rang jaoon
O meray sajna O meray saathi teray sung sung chali Aaoon.’
It is not all that difficult to succumb to its full-spirited romanticism.
On the strength of her super hit debut song, Nayyara received more offers from other composers in quick succession.
Zindagani ka safar-Kiran Aur Kali 1985
‘Chanda kahan guzari raat ray’, brought exuberant fun for Nayyara’s adorers.
As time passed by, Nayyara developed confidence and exuberance and came up with celebratory songs like ‘Tu he bata pagli pawan.’ The film ‘Phool meray gulshan ka,’ and ‘Teray ishq nachaya.’
Looking back over her long career in Pakistani entertainment,
we come across such mega hits as the one below:
‘Meray khayal nay aisa sanam tarasha hai, kabhi hansata hai mujh ko, kabhi rulata hai.’ The film ‘Subha ka tara.’
Perhaps, her voice never ringed as true as it did in the number below:
‘Kuchh loag mohabbat ka sila maang rahay hain.’ The film ‘Gumrah.’
Small wonder, Nayyara became a musical phenomenon with such favorites as ‘Aaj gham hai to kya wo din zuroor Aaye ga, phir tera gham khushi mein badal jaaye ga.’ The film ‘Mastana.’
She did not confine herself to light music. Hence, the song below proves an enjoyable and sharp surprise to her fans:
‘Haye zara meri nabz deikh kar dawa dejeye.’ The film ‘Ajnabi.’
From the melancholy strains of ‘Toot gaya sapna’ the film ‘Subha ka tara’, to a jolly number like ‘Dum dama dum mast’, the film ‘Miss hippi’, Nayyara’s voice is absolutely exemplary.
It fills ones heart with hope, aspiration and longing as one listens to a soulful Nayyara:
‘Is percham kay saye talay.’ The film ‘Farz aur mamta.’
Below is a romantically charged score, which Nayyara sang under the baton of Robin Ghosh. Who else could have written the lucid poetry other than Kaleem Usmani:
‘Rothay ho tum to mein kaisay mana oon piya, bolo na, bolo na.’ The super hit film, ‘Aa’ena.’
Nayyara is, indeed, a rare combination of brain and brawn in the boisterous ocean of artistic passions.
Below is an example:
‘Boal ri guriya boal zara, chup rehtay tujhay sadyaan beteen, kano mein ras ghoal.’ The film ‘Aas’, lyrics, Masroor Anwar.
Below is a look back, not a Pakistani look, but a Nayyara look!
‘Mausum to deewana hai, bara he deewana hai.’ The film ‘Do saathi.’
Her industriousness leads to one success after another. Nayyara is most well known for romantic scores like the three below:
‘Ruth Aaye, ruth jaaye, piya kyon naheen Aaye.’ The film ‘Aahut.’
‘Aaj dildaar sajh dhaj kay Aaya.’ The film’Umang’, Nayyara- Akhlaq Ahmed.
‘Raat bhar sajna ko yaad kiya hoga.’ The film ‘Umang’, Nayyara- Akhlaq Ahmed.
Nayyara’s inimitable voice reminds us of the spirit of renewal and adventure, that touches the core of each and every person’s humanity.
Most important of all, the immediate examples of Nayyara’s work above, was a group effort by all of those involved with the projects. No one artist could have done all that alone.
The most dizzying stuff from Nayyara’s vocal cords are given below:
‘Itna bhi na chaho mujhay,’ the film ‘Parda na uthao.’
‘Ik ajnabi chehray say mulaqat huwe hai’, the film ‘Baaghi haseena.’
‘Mera pyar tum he ho sajna’ the film ‘Farz aur mamta.’
A popular number like ‘phool bun ja oon gee’, the film ‘Qismat’, immediately won accolades for nayyara’s talents.
She went from proverbial success to success, from glory to glory.
One may recall numerous examples of songs to highlight this point. Below are three such songs: ‘Aye jaan-e-wafa’, the film ‘Shireen Farhad.’
‘Mein raqs teray sung karti’, the film ‘Hesaab.’
‘Shore karoan gee, chup na rahoon gee,’ the film ‘Maum ki guriya.’
Always the innovator, Nayyara went on to record such song as ‘Jala deen shamay’, the film ‘Aabru.’
Equally impressive is the number ‘Lovely lovely jhuta’, the film ‘Aabru,’ which concurrently is merry and admirable, Likewise, the success of the song ‘Tera pyar bun kay Aaye hoon’, the film ‘Bhool’, added even more plaudits to Nayyara’s eventful career.
Nayyara won the Nigar Award for best singer, in the film ‘Gharana’, in 1973.
Nayyara won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Dooriyaan’, in 1984.
The key to Nayyara’s voice is that it is realistic and inspiring at once-an enormous accomplishment, which is seldom seen in modern Pakistani music.
Hers is a voice that demands our surrender-to its energy, to its vocal sway, and, above all, to its wistful presentation.
Her admirers are stunned by the influence of he voice that has been unleashed on them.
Most of all, they have an even greater appreciation for the gracious lady behind music.
A music audience is like an un-sequestered jury. As such, they have come up with the following verdict about Nayyara:
Nayyara Noor’s innocent image, her songs, her sweet voice, and, best of all, her flawless character will live in our hearts for years to come.
Film:Baadal aur Bijli
Released on:May 4th, 1973
Actors: Shabnum, Nadeem
Producer: A.A. Siddiqi
Director: Mohsin Sherazi
Music: Suhail Rana
Lyrics: Fayyaz Hashmi
Singers: Madam Noor Jehan, Mala, Masood Rana, Akhlaq Ahmad, Habib Wali Mohammad
Aaj Jane Ki Zid Na Karo
Aashiyan jal gaya gulsitaan lut gaya-Habib Wali Mohammad
Song from The movie “Zarqa”
Na meherbaan na ajnabi-Noorjahan (Aabroo-Shabnum)
Barey be-murawat hain ye husn waley-Suraiya Multaniker from the movie “Badnaam”
Surriya Multanikar was born in 1940 in Multan. He earliest childhood memories are of wanting to excel as a singer. No one in her immediate family could either teach or advise her, so she taught herself by listening to film songs and copying their tunes and lyrics.
Surriya was only seven years old when Roshan Ara Begum visited her house in Multan. She taught Surriya a ghazal which Surriya skillfully presented the next day. Impressed by the child’s voice, Roshan Ara asked her parents to provide her with a qualified teacher. A year later she sang for Pir Sharif, who predicted that the child would someday be famous. Because her family could not afford to pay for her training, Pir Sharif asked Fauji Khan, his disciple and a well-known music teacher of Multan, to give Surriya her initial training free of charge. Three months later, when Pir Sharif died, Surriya went home. No one spoke of music until three years later, when Fauji Khan came to visit the family. With great difficulty, he persuaded them to let him teach the young girl in fulfillment of the wishes of his Pir.
At the age of thirteen Surriya sang in front of Ustad Khan Sahib Bundoo Khan, a well-known classical singer, who was impressed by her voice. She later auditioned for radio, and soon her career as a child star began. She sang under the name Surriya Begum until her first public performance in Karachi, where Ustad Khan Sahib Bandoo Khan gave her the name Multanikar. She started her career in mid fifties and won popularity on the basis of “Barey Bey Murawwat Hein Yeh Husn waley”. She is considered to be a top class singer of Seraiki folk songs and Khawaja Farid’s Kafis. She is equally excellent at rendering ghazals and some of her best performances are reflected in the singing of Ghalib’s ghazals. In her highly individual style of singing there is a unique combination of folk and classical traditions.
Now in semi-retirement, Surriya Multankiar still sings for Radio Multan on a regular monthly basis and also performs for Pakistan Television occasionally. She yearns to teach someone who would learn with the same passion with which she would teach, but she has yet to find a pupil who fulfills those requirements. She vows that she will continue singing until the last breath leaves her body. “Music is and will always be my life and soul. it is an integral part of me which I treasure most religiously,” she says. She was awarded pride of performance medal in 1986.