Tahira Syed

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Tahira Syed
Born 1958 (age 56–57)
Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Folk music and Ghazal
Occupation(s) Vocalist

Tahira Syed (Urdu: طاہرہ سيد‎) (born 1958) is a Pakistani ghazal and folk singer.[1][2] Her repertoire of Urdu, Punjabi and Pahari folk songs have made her a popular singer.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Tahira Sayed was born to vocalist Begum Malika Pukhraj and Syed Shabbir Husain, an eminent writer[5] She belongs to a Punjabi Syed family from her father's side. Tahira was made to learn singing at age of 12. After two years of rigorous classical music training by a professional teacher, Tahira was instructed in music by her mother. Tahira was the youngest child in her family, she has a sister and four brothers. Her sister, Tasneem, is married to Pakistani lawyer and senator S.M. Zafar.

She obtained her primary education from the Convent of Jesus and Mary where she passed her Senior Cambridge examinations. She went on to graduate at Lahore College. She read law at the Punjab University,Lahore obtaining an LLB degree,[6] before enrolling for Masters in English at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore; she later dropped out of the college.

Music career[edit]

Syed received her initial training in music from Khan Sahib Akhtar Hussain. She first appeared on air in 1968–1969 on Radio Pakistan,and Pakistan Television and her popularity increased in the 1970s and 1980s. "Yeh Alam Shauq Ka Dekha na jaey", "Chanjar Phabdi na" and "Abhi to Main Jawan Hou.n" are some of her most popular songs. She has been the recipient of various musical awards in recognition of her achievements as a singer. In April 1985, she appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine.She has received the P.T.V Lifetime Achievement Award and will be given the Pride of Performance Award in March 2013.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Naeem Bukhari for 12 years before their separation,[7] she has a son, Hasnain and a daughter, Kiran, both of whom are lawyers by profession. Kiran is married and working in New York City.


  1. ^ "Nurturing the tradition of music". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Purple anklets of pain". Indian Express. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rally in Lahore". The News. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bridging differences with cultural exchanges". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ BBC Interview, Malika Pukhraj passed away on 4 February 2004.
  6. ^ [1] Indian Article, Interview in India
  7. ^ "Justice ruffled many feathers". The Gulf Times. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 

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