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|Born||3 November 1950
|Genres||Ghazal, Playback singing|
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.
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. Probably the most famous ghazal of hers (a form of song in Urdu poetry) was ' ae jazba- e- dil gar main chahoon', written by Behzad Lakhnavi (1900-1974), a renowned poet of Urdu Naats & Ghazals, scriptwriter and song writer of Radio Pakistan.Nayyara Noor later won many awards for this ghazal.
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 PTV)
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 to from Karachi to Khyber,Pakistan.
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 (1973 film: 'Gharana', lyrics: Kaleem Usmani music:M.Ashraf)
'Too he bata,pagli pawan (1974 film: 'Phool meray gulshan ka' lyricist: Masroor Anwar Music: M.Ashraf)
'Itna bhi na chaho mujhay' (1974 film: 'Parda na uthao')
'Roothay ho tum, tum ko kaisay mana oon piya' 1977 film: 'Aa'ena', lyrics: Kaleem Usmani, music: Robin Ghosh)
To tragic numbers like:
'Aaj gham hai tou kiya'(1973 film:'Mastana',lyricist:Khawaja Pervez...Music:Kamal Ahmad)
'Toot gaya sapna'(1974 film:'Subha ka tara' music:Kamal Ahmad)
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 below:
'Boal ri gurya boal' (1973 film:'Aas', lyrics: Masroor Anwar,music:Nisar Bazmi)
'Ik ajnabi chehray'(film:'Baghi Haseena')
'Mera pyar tumhe ho'(1975 film: 'Farz aur mamta' lyricist:Kaleem Usmani music:M.Ashraf)
'Mausum tou diwana hai'(1975 film: 'Dou saathi' lyricist:Tasleem Fazli,music:Robin Ghosh)
'Tera pyar bun kay Aaye' (1974 film: 'Bhool' lyricist:Khawaja Pervez,music:Robin Ghosh)
Zara meri nabz deikh kar'(1975 film: 'Ajnabi' lyricist:Tasleem Fazli music:Nisar Bazmi)
'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 from her recordings.However,Nayyara officially announced in 2012 that she no longer will sing professionally.
- Her younger son Jaffer is the lead vocalist of Kaavish, while the elder son Naad-e-Ali has started his debut as solo.