Suraiya Multanikar

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Surayya Multanikar
Suraiya Multanikar Dhaka 1958.jpg
Multanikar in Dhaka (1958)
Born1940 (age 81–82)[1]
Other namesSurayya Multanikar
OccupationFolk singer, playback singer, vocalist
Years active1955–present
AwardsPride of Performance (1986)[1]
Sitara-i-Imtiaz (2008)[2]

Suraiya Multanikar (Urdu: ثُریّا مُلتانِیکر), (born 1940) is a Pakistani singer mostly known for her folk songs.[3] Her repertoire includes classical, semi-classical, ghazal, folk songs and film songs.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Multanikar was born in Multan, Punjab. Her earliest childhood memories are of wanting to excel as a singer.[1] No one in her immediate family could either teach or advise her. So in her childhood, she taught herself by listening to film songs and copying their tunes and lyrics.[4][1] Later, she became a formal disciple of Ghulam Nabi Khan of the Delhi gharana of classical music who was a sarangi player.[1][5]

Multanikar has 7 children (from oldest to youngest): Muhammad Ali, a UK-based orthopaedic doctor; Ruqaiya Sajjad; Ramzan Ali, Shaista, Rabia, Aalia and Rahat Bano.[6][7] Her youngest daughter, Rahat Multanikar is also a folk singer like her mother.[8][6][9]


Radio Pakistan[edit]

On the radio, at age 15, she sang compositions by veteran Pakistani composers, Niaz Hussain Shami and Abdul Haq Qureshi.[9][6] In her career as a singer, she was inspired from the works of Roshan Ara Begum, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan of Sham Chaurasia gharana, Bade Fateh Ali Khan of Patiala gharana and Mehdi Hassan.[9]

Film industry[edit]

Multanikar's career as a playback singer was short lived.[5] She gained widespread recognition for her song,"Bare Be Murawwat Hain Yeh Husn Walay", "Kahin Dil Laganey Ki Koshish Na Karna" written by Masroor Anwar, music by Deebo Bhattacharya from the Pakistani film, Badnaam (1966).[10][6]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Profile of Suraiya Multanikar on The Friday Times (newspaper) Zulqarnain's Audio Archive 26 September 2014, Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Thousands throng three-day event celebrating the best of arts, literature". The News International. 2 December 2021.
  3. ^ Suraiya Multanikar profile Retrieved 18 June 2018
  4. ^ "A session with singers". The Nation. 18 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b Amel Ghani (14 December 2015). "Suraiya Multanikar: From a stubborn child to a celebrated singer". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Alhamra organizes Kuch Yaadain Kuch Baatain for legendary singers to interact with fans Daily Times (newspaper), 21 September 2019, Retrieved 26 June 2020
  7. ^ "The feminist few". The News International. 22 September 2021.
  8. ^ "All Pakistan Music Conference concludes with a brilliant musical treat". Daily Times. 12 January 2022.
  9. ^ a b c Adnan Lodhi (31 May 2015). "Taking the craft forward". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  10. ^ "The forbidden jhumke". The Hindu. 10 February 2022.

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