Mala (Pakistani singer)

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Mala
Mala Pakistani singer in 1965.jpg
Background information
Birth name Naseem Nazli
Born (1939-11-09)November 9, 1939
Lyallpur, British India (now Faisalabad, Pakistan
Died March 6, 1990(1990-03-06) (aged 50)[1]
Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Ghazal, Film playback singing
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1961–1990

Naseem Nazli (Urdu: مالا; November 9, 1939 – March 6, 1990‎), popularly called Mala, was a Pakistani playback singer of Urdu and Punjabi films.[2] In the 1960s, Mala was a 'hit pair for singing duet film songs' with famous playback singer Ahmed Rushdi and they gave numerous hits to Pakistan film industry. She sang many super hit songs in almost two decades of her singing career in the 1960s and 1970s.[3] Mala's career suffered with the arrival of Runa Laila in the Pakistani film industry.

Early life and career[edit]

Mala's given name was Naseem Nazli. She was born in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. She was the younger sister of music composer Shamim Nazli. Mala was interested in singing and music from a young age. Fortunately, her elder sister happened to be her first music teacher and Naseem learned the essentials of music from her. On Shamim Nazli's request, music composer, Baba Ghulam Ahmed Chishti recorded two songs for the Punjabi film Aabroo (1961) in Mala's voice. However, the film flopped. Despite the fact that her elder sister got her a break in films, it was Anwar Kamal Pasha who persuaded Naseem to try her luck and not give up in the Pakistani film industry. Her first major break in films came in 1962. She changed her name to Mala and sang a simple Urdu composition, Aaya re dekho for the film Sooraj Mukhi (1962). The music was composed by Master Abdullah and the film went on to become a memorable film. In 1963, Mala rendered her voice to a tragic Urdu composition, Dil daeta hai ro ro duhai, kisi sey koi pyaar na karey for the film Ishq Par Zor Nahin (1963). The music was composed by Master Inayat Hussain and the song was picturised on Yasmin and this film song ended up being a mega-hit of 1963. Film song lyrics were written by Qateel Shifai.[4]

Additionally, Mala's greatest accomplishment was the film song 'Akele Na Jaana' in film Armaan (1966 film). Mala teamed up with music director Sohail Rana. In 1963, Mala won the Nigar Award for best singer for the film Ishq Par Zor Nahin. In 1965, she won the Nigar Award for best singer for the film Naila (1965. Mala was married to film producer Ashiq Bhatti. The last days of Mala were fraught with loneliness and misery. She could not come to grips with the harsh realities of life. Above all, she found herself in the midst of deep financial crisis. Mala died on March 6, 1990. She also sang many memorable super-hit film songs for films in the Punjabi language.[5]

Mala's super-hit film songs[edit]

  • "Sapnon mein urri urri jaaoon", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Qateel Shifai, music by Rasheed Attre in film Mehboob (1962)
  • "Dil deta hai ro ro duhai kisi se koi pyar na kare", Sung by Sain Akhtar Hussain and Mala, lyrics by Qateel Shifai, music by Master Inayat Hussain in film Ishq Par Zor Nahin (1963)[6]
  • "Mein nein tau pareet nibhai, saanwaria re nikla tu harjai", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Himayat Ali Shair, music by Khalil Ahmed in film Khamosh Raho (1964)
  • "Taangay walia sawari aan mein teray haan dee", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Hazeen Qadri, music by Ghulam Ahmed Chishti in film Daachi (1964)
  • "Jaa re bedardi tu nein kahin ka hamein na chhorra", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Fayyaz Hashmi, music by A. Hamid in film Aashiana (1964)
  • "Chunni kaisri tay gottay dian dhaarian", Sung by Mala, Naheed Niazi and Irene Perveen, lyrics by Tanvir Naqvi, music by Master Inayat Hussain in film Lai Lag (1964)[7]
  • "Reham karo ya shah-e-do-aalam" Sung by Mala, lyrics by Fayyaz Hashmi, music by A. Hamid in film Eid Mubarak (1965)
  • "Chhadd challi babula terian mein gallian", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Hazeen Qadri, music by Master Abdullah in film Malangi (1965)
  • "Ballay ballay wai lokaan paahnay phull uddia", Sung by Mala and others, lyrics by Hazeen Qadri, music by Master Abdullah in film Malangi (1965)
  • "Mujhe arzoo thi jiski who paigham aa gaya hai", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Qateel Shifai, music by Master Inayat Hussain in film Naila (1965)[8]
  • "Gham-e-dil ko inn aankhon sey chhalak jana bhi aata hai", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Qateel Shifai, music by Master Inayat Hussain in film Naila (1965)
  • "Dil ke veraanay mein ik shama hai roshan kab se", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Himayat Ali Shair, music by Master Inayat Hussain in film Naila (1965)
  • "Ab thandi aahein bhar pagli, jaa aur mohabbat kar pagli", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Qateel Shifai, music by Master Inayat Hussain in film Naila (1965)
  • "Saaz-e-dil chhaira hai humne, hukam tha kuchh gaaeay" Sung by Mala, lyrics by Qateel Shifai, music by Safdar Hussain in film Pardah (1966)
  • "Yeh samaan pyaara pyaara, yeh hawaain thandi thandi", Sung by Mala, lyrics and music by Bashir Ahmed or (B. A. Deep) in film Darshan (1966)
  • "Shama ka shola bharak raha hai", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Mushir Kazmi, music by Nisar Bazmi in film Aadil (1966)
  • "Akelay na jaana hamein chorr kar", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Masroor Anwar, music by Sohail Rana in film Armaan (1966 film)
  • "Chanda se milnay chali hai chakori", Sung by Mala and Firdausi Begum, lyrics by Akhtar Yousuf, music by Robin Ghosh in film Chakori (1967)
  • "Ni lang jaana assaan dilaan te paer dhar ke", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Ahmad Rahi, music by Rehman Verma in film Sassi Punnun (1968)[7]
  • "Mohey aaii na jag se laaj, mein itna zor se naachi aaj, ke ghunghroo tuut gai", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Qateel Shifai, music by Nisar Bazmi in film Naaz (1969)
  • "Kisne torra hai dil hazoor ka", Sung by Mala, lyrics by Khawaja Pervez, music by Kamal Ahmad in film Rangeela (1970)
  • "Chalo kahin duur, yeh samaj chorr dein", Sung by Mala and Mehdi Hassan, lyrics by Habib Jalib, music by A. Hamid in film Samaaj (1974)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cineplot.com/mala/, Profile of Mala on cineplot.com website, Retrieved 10 Dec 2016
  2. ^ http://aaj.tv/2011/04/pakistani-singer-malas-21st-death-anniversary-observed/, Profile of Mala (Pakistani singer) on Aaj News, Published 5 April 2011, Retrieved 10 Dec 2016
  3. ^ http://pakfilms.net/artists/details.php?pid=2096, Profile of Mala (Pakistani singer) on PAKfilms database website, 10 Dec 2016
  4. ^ http://pakfilms.net/movies/details.php?pid=325, Film 'Ishq Par Zor Nahin' (1963) on PAKfilms database website, Retrieved 10 Dec 2016
  5. ^ Pakistan Today newspaper/ March 7, 2013, Mala Remembered http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/07/entertainment/pakistani-playback-singer-mala, Retrieved 10 December 2016
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1445041/soundtrack?ref_=tt_trv_snd, Mala's soundtrack from film Ishq Par Zor Nahin (1963) on IMDb website, Retrieved 10 Dec 2016
  7. ^ a b http://apnaorg.com/music/mala/, Mala's soundtrack on Academy of the Punjab in North America (APNA) website, Retrieved 10 Dec 2016
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374897/soundtrack?ref_=tt_trv_snd, Mala's soundtrack from film Naila (1965) on IMDb website, Retrieved 10 Dec 2016
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyEPOdS-bPc, Mala's soundtrack from film Samaaj (1974) on YouTube, Retrieved 10 Dec 2016

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