Nayyara Noor

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Nayyara Noor
Born(1950-11-03)3 November 1950
Guwahati, Assam, India
Died20 August 2022(2022-08-20) (aged 71)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
OccupationPlayback singer
Years active1971–2012
Known forGhazal singing

Nayyara Noor (Urdu: نیرہ نور;‎ 3 November 1950 – 20 August 2022) was a Pakistani playback singer, considered one of Pakistan's most popular singers. She was known for performing in live ghazal singing concerts in Pakistani TV shows and in concert halls around the country.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Nayyara Noor was born on 3 November 1950 in Guwahati, Assam.[1] Her family and ancestors belonged to a merchant class.[2][1] 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, along 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][2] Although Nayyara had no formal musical background nor formal training, she was discovered by Professor Asrar Ahmad at the Islamia College in Lahore when he heard her sing the Lata Mangeshkar bhajan “Jo tum todo piya” from Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje 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.[2][1]

In 1971, Nayyara made her public singing debut in Pakistani television serials and then beginning with films such as Gharana (1973) and Tansen. She went on to sing ghazals, a form of song in Urdu poetry, penned by the famous poets such as Ghalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz and performed with legends such as Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

She performed at mehfils and mushairas, having cemented a following among ghazal lovers in Pakistan and India. Probably the most famous ghazal of hers was "Ae Jazba-e-Dil Gar Main Chahoon", written by Behzad Lucknavi (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.[1][6]

Singing career[edit]

She was a versatile singer; the following are some of the ghazals she recorded:[6]

The national song in Nayyara's voice, "Watan ki mitti gawah rehna", is widely listened to from Karachi to Khyber, Pakistan.[8][6]

Select songs[edit]

Song title Lyrics by Music by Film and year
"Tera Saaya Jahan Bhi Ho Sajana, Palkain Bichha Duun" Kaleem Usmani M Ashraf[2] Gharana (1973)
"Aaj Gham Hai Tau Kya, Woh Din Bhi Zaroor Aaeiga, Jab Tera Gham Khushi Mein Badal Jaaega"[6] Khawaja Pervez Kamal Ahmad Mastana (1973)
"Roothay Ho Tum, Tumko Kaisay Manauun Piya, Bolo Na"[1][2] Taslim Fazli Robin Ghosh[2] Aina (1977)
"Mujhay Dil Sey Na Bhulana, Chaahay Rokay Zamana" Taslim Fazli Robin Ghosh[2] Aina (1977)
"Iss Parcham Kay Saaey Talay Hum Eik Hain"[2] Kaleem Usmani M Ashraf Farz Aur Mamta (1975)
"Bol Ree Gurrya Bol"[6] Masroor Anwar Nisar Bazmi[2] Aas (1973)
"Too Hee Bata, Pagli Pawan"[6] Masroor Anwar M Ashraf Phool Mere Gulshan Ka (1974)
"Itna Bhi Na Chaho Mujhe"[6] Parda Na Uthao (1974)
"Toot Gaya Sapna"[9] Karim Shahabuddin Bobby and Julie (1978)

More of her select songs are listed below:

Source(s): [10][11][12][13]

  • "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)
  • "Anjanay Nagar" (drama series Anjane Nagar)

In 2012, Nayyara Noor officially announced that she would no longer sing professionally. After her marriage, she maintained that her primary roles were those of a wife and a mother. She said that music was a passion with her but never her top priority.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She was 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 career as a solo singer.[1]


She died on 20 August 2022 in Karachi after a brief illness at the age of 71.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Noorani, Asif (30 November 2012). "Nayyara Noor: muted melodies". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Amjad Parvez (9 November 2018), "Nayyara Noor — a haunting, tuneful and sweet voice" Daily Times (newspaper), Retrieved 3 January 2021
  3. ^ "President confers 192 civilian awards". Dawn (newspaper). 2 August 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Pakistan's "Oscars": The Nigar Awards". The Hot Spot Film Reviews website. 24 November 2017. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Nayyara Noor passes away at 71 years of age". Daily Times. 22 August 2022. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Profile of Nayyara Noor on website. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Listen & view Nayyara Noor's lyrics & tabs". Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  8. ^ "A patriotic song by Nayyara Noor" on The Express Tribune (newspaper). Published 13 August 2015, retrieved 3 January 2021.
  9. ^ Toot Gaya Sapna Dekhe Bina, 1 January 1979, retrieved 27 August 2022
  10. ^ "Nayyara Noor". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  11. ^ "Nayyara Noor Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  12. ^ "Nayyara Noor". Spotify. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Nayyara Noor on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  14. ^ "Renowned singer Nayyara Noor passes away aged 71". Daily News. 21 August 2022. Retrieved 21 August 2022.

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