Nayyara Noor

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Nayyara Noor
Born3 November 1950
Guwahati, Assam, India[1]
GenresGhazal singing, film Playback singing
Occupation(s)Playback singer
Years active1971–2012

Nayyara Noor (Assamese: নেয়াৰ নূৰ, Urdu: نیرہ نور‎) is a Pakistani playback singer who is considered one of South Asia's popular film songs playback singer and a stage performer. She performs in the live ghazal singing concerts on Pakistan Television shows or in concert halls in the country.[1] She has mainly been active from 1971–2012.

Early life and career[edit]

Nayyara Noor was born in 1950 in Guwahati, Assam, northeastern India, and spent her early childhood there.[1] Her family and ancestors, belonging to a merchant class, were long settled in Assam having migrated from Amritsar, in Punjab.[2] Her father was an active member of the All-India Muslim League, and had hosted Pakistan's founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah during his trip to Assam before the partition in 1947. In 1957 or 1958, Noor with her mother and siblings migrated from India to Pakistan, settling in Karachi. However, her father stayed back in Assam until 1993 to look after the family's immovable properties.[1] 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.[1]

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 (1973) and Tansen. She has since sung ghazals penned by the famous poets like 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 playback female singer in film Gharana (1973). 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 and ghazals, scriptwriter and songwriter of Radio Pakistan. Nayyara Noor later won many awards for this ghazal.[3]

Singing career[edit]

She is a versatile singer and following are some all time (non-film) great ghazals recorded in her voice:[4]

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

National song in Nayyara's voice:

  • 'Watan ki mitti gawah rehna' is widely listened to from Karachi to Khyber, Pakistan.[5]

During her long singing career, she has sung ghazals, geet, 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.

Some Nayyara Noor's famous film songs[edit]

Song Title Lyrics by Music by Film and Year
Tera Saaya Jahan Bhi Ho Sajana, Palkain Bichha Duun Kaleem Usmani M Ashraf Gharana (1973)
Aaj Gham Hai Tau Kya, Woh Din Bhi Zaroor Aaeiga, Jab Tera Gham Khushi Mein Badal Jaaega Khawaja Pervez Kamal Ahmad Mastana (1973)
Roothay Ho Tum, Tumko Kaisay Manauun Piya, Bolo Na[1] Taslim Fazli Robin Ghosh Aina
Mujhay Dil Sey Na Bhulana, Chaahay Rokay Zamana Taslim Fazli Robin Ghosh Aina
Iss Parcham Kay Saaey Talay Hum Eik Hain Kaleem Usmani M Ashraf Farz Aur Mamta (1975)
Bol Ree Gurrya Bol Masroor Anwar Nisar Bazmi Aas (1973)
Too Hee Bata, Pagli Pawan Masroor Anwar M Ashraf Phool Mere Gulshan Ka (1974)
Itna Bhi Na Chaho Mujhe Parda Na Uthao (1974)
Toot Gaya Sapna Kamal Ahmad Subha Ka Tara (1974)

Nayyara's versatile voice touches the hearts of her fans in Pakistan and across the borders in India. More of her super- hit film songs are listed below:

  • 'Ik ajnabi chehray' (film:'Baghi Haseena')
  • 'Mera pyar tumhee ho' (1975 film: 'Farz aur mamta' lyricist: Kaleem Usmani music: M Ashraf)
  • 'Mausum tau 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: 'Qismat')
  • 'Kuchh loag mohabbat ka sila' (film: 'Gumrah')

Nayyara's admirers look forward to listening to her melodious voice for many years to come from her recordings. However, Nayyara Noor officially announced in 2012 that she no longer will sing professionally. After her marriage, she maintains that her primary roles have been those of a wife and a mother. She says that music has been a passion with her but never her top priority. Making money also has not been very important to her.[1]

Personal Life[edit]

  • She is married to Shehryar Zaidi.[1] Her younger son Jaffer Zaidi is the lead vocalist of Kaavish music band, while the elder son Naad-e-Ali has started his debut as a solo singer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Noorani, Asif (30 November 2012). "Nayyara Noor: muted melodies". Dawn. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  2. ^ Amjad Parvez (9 November 2018), "Nayyara Noor — a haunting, tuneful and sweet voice", The Daily Times. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^, Nayyara Noor's super-hit ghazal on YouTube, Retrieved 30 May 2017
  4. ^ Profile of Nayyara Noor on website, Retrieved 30 May 2017
  5. ^ A patriotic song by Nayyara Noor on The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 13 August 2015, Retrieved 30 May 2017

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