|Occupation||Film playback singer, folk singer|
|Years active||1987 – present|
|Awards||Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan (2017)|
6 Nigar Awards in 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997
Humaira Channa, also known as Humera Channa (born Lahore), is a 6 Nigar Award winning film playback singer from Pakistan. She has won 3rd most Nigar Awards in history, ranked only after Noor Jehan and Mehnaz.
Early life and career
Humaira Channa entered the Pakistani entertainment industry influenced by her father who was already a filmmaker. She first sang for her father's film at the age of nine. Then she was given an opportunity to sing folk songs of Sufi Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai on Pakistani television, Karachi. She rose to fame in the early 1990s. She sings in Urdu, Punjabi, Saraiki and Sindhi languages. She has sung over a thousand songs in her career until 2016.
Initially Humaira Channa was a substitute singer for Naheed Akhtar during the 1980s, after Naheed Akhtar decided to get married and retire from the Pakistani film industry. In 2017, some of the iconic playback singers of Pakistan were complaining about lack of work provided to them due to introduction of new trends in Pakistani film industry where the emphasis now is on pop musicians and music bands instead of film songs that these playback singers used to sing.
Humaira Channa has sung the title songs for the following television drama series:
- Rishtay Mohabbaton Kay – Hum TV (2009)
- Shikan – PTV (2010)
- Kaash Aisa Ho ARY TV (2013)
- Naagin (Pakistani TV series) (2017 Geo Kahani)
Coke Studio (Pakistan)
- (2014) Ambwa Talay alongside Javed Bashir and Mekaal Hasan Band
- (2014) Phool Banro alongside Abbas Ali Khan
- (2017) Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat Mere Mehboob Na Maang alongside Nabeel Shaukat Ali
Awards and recognition
- Nigar Awards winner six times in (1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997) for Best Female Playback Singer.
- Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2017.
- Profile of Humaira Channa on Coke Studio (Pakistan) website Retrieved 18 September 2019
- Adnan Lodhi (11 June 2017). "The fading out of Lollywood's iconic playback singers". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 18 September 2019.
- Faizan Javed (11 February 2018). "Mystical music festival in full swing". The Nation (newspaper). Retrieved 18 September 2019.
- Shahzeb Shaikh (6 October 2015). "The future of classical music doesn't look good in Pakistan: Humera Channa". Dawn. Pakistan. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
- "Pakistan's 'Oscars': The Nigar Awards (scroll down to read 6 Nigar Awards for Humaira Channa)". FilmReviews website. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
- Sarmad Khoosat to receive 'Pride of Performance' Award (includes award for Humaira Channa) Pakistan Today (newspaper), Published 15 August 2016, Retrieved 2 December 2020
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