Nayyara Noor

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Nayyara Noor
Born 3 November 1950
Origin Pakistani
Genres Ghazal, Playback singing
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1971-2012

Nayyara Noor (Urdu: نیرہ نور ‎) is a Pakistani playback singer who is considered one of the South Asia's foremost exponents in the Ghazal genre.[1][2]


Nayyara Noor was born in 1950 in Assam. Her family was a merchant class hailing from Amritsar who had settled in Guwahati in Assam State in the North-Eastern 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.[3]

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 programs.

In 1971, Nayyara made her public singing debut in Pakistani television serials and then beginning with films like Gharana and Tansen. She has since sung ghazals penned by the likes of Ghalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz and has performed with legends like Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi. 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.Her probably the most famous ghazal (a form of song in Urdu poetry) was ae jazba e dil gar mai chhon, written by Behzad Lakhnavi (1900-1974), a poet, scriptwriter and song writer of radio Pakistan, for which she won many rewards.

Singing career[edit]

She was a versatile singer & following are some all time great ghazals recorded in her voice:

'Rang barsaat nay bharay kuchh tou' (poet: Nasir Kazmi: Nayyara's favorite poet) 'Phir sawan ruth ki pawan chali' (poet: Nasir kazmi) 'Aye ishq hamay barbaad na kar':(Nazm, poet: Akhtar Shirani, composer: Khalil Ahmed)

Furthermore, Nayyara believes that Ibn-e-Insha's ghazals carry a unique pathos:

'Jal tou jalao gori' (poet: Ibn-e-Insha)

National songs in Nayyara's voice:

'Watan ki mitti gawah rehna' is widely listened from Karachi to Khyber.

During her long singing career, she has sung ghazals, geeth, nazm and national songs. Sober and shy, she has always maintained her high singing standards from the beginning. She has also recorded hundreds of songs for the Pakistani films.

From romantic scores like:

'Tera saya jahan bhi ho sajna (film: 'Gharana', lyrics: Kaleem Usmani)

'Too he bata,pagli pawan (film: 'Phool meray gulshan ka')

'Itna bhi na chaho mujhay' (film: 'Parda na uthao')

'Roothay ho tum, tum ko kaisay mana oon piya' (film: 'Aa'ena', lyrics: Kaleem Usmani, music: Robin Ghosh)

to tragic numbers like:

'Aaj gham hai tou kiya'(film:'Mastana')

'Toot gaya sapna'(film:'Subha ka tara')

Nayyara's versatile voice touches the hearts of her myriad of fans in Pakistan and across the borders alike. For her, fame is the word. Some of her super hit songs are listed here below:

'Boal ri gurya boal' (film: 'Aas', lyrics: Masroor Anwar)

'Ik ajnabi chehray'(film:'Baghi haseena')

'Mera pyar tumhe ho'(film: 'Farz aur mamta)

'Mausum tou diwana hai'(film: 'Dou saathi')

'Tera pyar bun kay Aaye' (film: 'Bhool')

Zara meri nabz deikh kar'(film: 'Ajnabi')

'Phool bun ja-oon gee' (film: 'Qismath')

'Kuchh loag mohabbat ka sila' (film: 'Gumrah')

Nayyara's innumerable admirers look forward to listening to her mellifluous voice for many years.

Nayyara officially called it a day in 2012.

Related information[edit]

  • Her younger son Jaffer is the lead vocalist of Kaavish, while the elder son Naad-e-Ali has started his debut as solo.[4]


  1. ^ "Nayyara Noor – Singer". Pakistani Profiles. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nayyara Noor". NME. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nayyara Noor". Forum Pakistan. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Morning show part 1 Video on YouTube

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