Nisar Bazmi

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Nisar Bazmi
Syed Nisar Ahmed

(1924-12-01)1 December 1924
Died22 March 2007(2007-03-22) (aged 83)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
OccupationComposer & music director of films
Years active1944 – 2007
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1994
Won 5 Nigar Awards during his long career

Nisar Bazmi (1 December 1924 – 22 March 2007) was a composer and music director of Indian and Pakistan film industry.[1]

Nisar Bazmi was known as one of the accomplished musician of South Asia. He also introduced new singers like Alamgir and Mehnaz Begum. The duo of composers Laxmikant–Pyarelal were musicians with Bazmi in India before partition. However, he is primarily remembered for his compositions in the voice of playback singer Ahmed Rushdi.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Syed Nisar Ahmed, was the son of Syed Qudrat Ali. He was born in 1924 in Jalgaon in Khandesh area of Maharashtra state, India. He did not belong to an artistic family. In fact, his family was extremely poor. He had to join Yasin Khan's Qawwali Group, a noted Qawwal in Mumbai at that time, as 'humnawa' (companion) at age 11.[3] He possessed no prior musical background. In the late 1930s, a prominent Indian musician of Bombay, Khan Saheb Aman Ali Khan was convinced by Nisar Bazmi's musical interest and taught him music for four years.[3] Equipped with artistic know-how, young Nisar Bazmi, who was just 13 at the time, quickly mastered the various ragas and the musical instruments. In 1939, the All India Radio hired him as an artist.[2] In 1944, he composed some songs for a drama, "Nadir Shah Durrani", which was broadcast from the Bombay Radio Station. The songs were sung by Rafiq Ghaznavi and Amirbai Karnataki. After this initial success, Nisar Bazmi "started earning 50 rupees a month - a respectable salary in those days."[3][2]

In India[edit]

Nisar Bazmi composed music for film "Jamana Paar", which was released in 1946. At this time, he also changed his name to Nisar Bazmi.[1][2] He composed music for forty films in India. Twenty eight films were released during his stay in India.[1] The rest of the movies were released in India after he emigrated to Pakistan.[2]

In Pakistan[edit]

Nisar Bazmi came to visit his relatives in Pakistan in 1962.[2] Here he met veteran film producer Fazal Ahmed Karim Fazli who invited him to compose music for Pakistani films. "Mr Bazmi accepted the offer and decided to settle in Pakistan."[3]

His first song in Pakistan was "Mohabbat mei tere sar ki qasam" (singers, Ahmed Rushdi, Noor Jahan) for the 1964 film "Aisa bhi hota hai". He also composed many songs for Runa Laila, Ahmed Rushdi, Mehdi Hassan, Faisal Nadeem, Khursheed Nurali (Sheerazi), and Saleem Shahzaad. He had trained many of the modern composers. His closest student/assistant was Badar uz Zaman, the famous classical singer and composer, who remained associated with him for 18 years. Nisar Bazmi received many Nigar Awards for his achievements and composed music for 140 films in all during his career.[3]

Music and super-hit film songs of Nisar Bazmi[edit]

Film Song Singers Song Lyrics By Film and year
"Mohabbat Mei Tere Sar Ki Qasam" Ahmed Rushdi, Noor Jehan Masroor Anwar film Aisa Bhi Hota Hai (1965)
"Ho Tamanna Aur Kya Jaan-E-Tamanna Aap Hain"[3] Noor Jehan Masroor Anwar film Aisa Bhi Hota Hai (1965)
"Shama Ka Shola Bharak Raha He, Dil Perwan Dharak Raha He" Mala Mushir Kazmi film Aadil (1966)
"Chalo Achha Hua Tum Bhool Gaye"[3] Noor Jehan Fayyaz Hashmi film Lakhon Mein Aik (1967)[2]
'Bari Mushkil Se Hoa Tera Mera Saath Piya" Noor Jehan Tanvir Naqvi film Lakhon Me Aik (1967)
"Yun Zindagi Ki Rah Me, Takta Gaya Koi" Mehdi Hasan Masroor Anwar fim Aag (1967)
"Mausam Haseen He Laikin, Tum Sa Haseen Nahi He" Ahmed Rushdi Masroor Anwar film Aag (1967)
"Ïk Sitam Aur Meri Jan, Abhi Jan Baqi He" Mehdi Hasan Masroor Anwar film Saiqa (1968)
"Ae Baharon Gawah Rehna" Ahmed Rushdi Masroor Anwar film Saiqa (1968)
"Aisey Bhi Hain Meharban"[1] Ahmed Rushdi Masroor Anwar film Jaisay Jaantay Nahin (1969)
"Mosam Haseen Hai Laikin Tum Sa Haseen Nahin Hai" Ahmed Rushdi, Mala Masroor Anwar film Jaisay Jaantay Nahin (1969)[2]
"Kuchh Loag Rooth Kar Bhi Lagte Hain Kitne Pyaare"[3] Noor Jehan Masroor Anwar film Andaleeb (1969)[2]
"Me Teray Ajnabi Shehar Me, Dhoondta Phir Raha Hoo Tujhe" Mujeeb Alam Masroor Anwar fim Shama Aur Perwana (1970)
"Me Tera Sheher Chor Jao Ga" Mujeeb Alam Saif-ud-Din Saif fim Shama Aur Perwana (1970)
"Ranjish Hi Sahi"[1] Mehdi Hassan Ahmad Faraz film Mohabbat (1972)
"Yeh Mehfil Jo Aaj Saji He, Is Mehfil Me He Koi Humsa" Tahira Syed Qateel Shifai film Mohabbat (1972)
"Mohay Aaii Na Jag Say Laaj, Mein Itna Zor Say Naachi Aaj, Ke Ghunghroo Toot Gaey" Mala Qateel Shifai film Naz (1969)
"Mere Dil Ki Mehfil Saja Deney Waley" Ahmed Rushdi, Noor Jehan Masroor Anwar film Andaleeb (1969)
"Lag Rahi Hai Mujhey Aaj Sari Fiza Ajnabi" Ahmed Rushdi Masroor Anwar Anjuman (1970)[2]
"Hoey Hoey Dil Dharkay, Mein Tum Say Yeh Kaisay Kahun, Kehti Hai Meri Nazar Shukria" Runa Laila Masroor Anwar Anjuman (1970)
"Aap Dil Ki Anjuman Me, Husn Ban ker Aa Gai" Runa Laila Masroor Anwar Anjuman (1970)
"Izhaar Bhi Mushkil He, Kuch Keh Bhi Nahi Sakte" Noor Jahan Saif-ud-Din Saif Anjum (1970)
"Ik Husn Ki Devi Se Mujhe Pyar Hoa Tha" Mehdi Hassan Shevan Rizvi film Meri Zindagi He Naghma (1972)
" Katay Na Kuttay Re Ratya Saiyan Intizar Me"[1] Runa Laila Saifuddin Saif film Umrao Jan Ada (1972)
"Mane Na Bairi Balma, Oo Mora Man Terpae" Runa Laila, Irene Perveen Saifudddin Saif film Umrao Jan Ada (1972)
"Jo Bacha Tha, Woh Lutanay KeLie Aye Hein" Noor Jahan Saifuddin Saif film Umrao Jan Ada (1972)
"Bol Ri Gurria Bol Zara"[1] Nayyara Noor Masroor Anwar film Aas (1973)[2]
"Sanwaray, Jia Tarpay, Nena Bersay" Noor Jehan Fayyaz Hashmi film Naag Mani (1972)
"Sanwaray, Mo Se Preet Nibhana Re" Noor Jehan Fayyaz Hashmi film Naag Mani (1972)
"Hum Chalay To Humaray, Sang Sang Nazare Chale" Alamgir Masroor Anwar fil Jageer (1975)
"Allah hee Allah Kia Karo"[3] Naheed Akhtar Masroor Anwar film Pehchan (1975)
'Mera Pyar Tere Jeewan Ke Sang Rahe Ga" Mehdi Hasan Masroor Anwar film Pehchan (1975)
"Pyar Ki Yaad Nigaho Me, Jalaye Rakhna" Saleem Shehzad Masroor Anwar film Talash (1975)
  • "Mohabbat Mein Tere Sar Ki Qasam Aisa Bhi Hua Hai" was his first big hit song in Pakistan.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Death and legacy[edit]

Nisar Bazmi died on 22 March 2007 in Karachi was buried next day near his residence in North Karachi.[4][2]

A major Pakistani English-language newspaper commented after his death, "In the death of Nisar Bazmi, students of music in Pakistan have lost an opportunity to benefit from the experience of a virtuoso who scored 140 films in all."[3]

"Nisar Bazmi was a thorough professional and a man of rare imagination. He used to study the storyline and the setting of a film before composing the music for a song."[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Nisar Bazmi passes away (obituary and profile) Dawn (newspaper), Published 23 March 2007, Retrieved 27 December 2018
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Profile of Nisar Bazmi". website. 29 October 2009. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Shaikh Aziz (28 March 2007). "Nisar Bazmi: accomplished music director". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Legendary music composer, director Nisar Bazmi remembered". Dunya News (TV Channel website). 22 March 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

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