Multanikar in Dhaka (1958)
|Occupation||Folk singer, Playback singer, vocalist|
|Children||Muhammad Ali (UK based orthopaedic doctor)|
Rahat Bano (Rahat Multanikar)
Surayya Multanikar (Urdu: ثُریّا مُلتانِیکر ), (born 1940, in Multan) is a Pakistani singer mostly known for her folk songs. Her repertoire includes classical, semi-classical, ghazal, folk songs and film songs.
Early life and family
Her earliest childhood memories are of wanting to excel as a singer. 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. Later, she became a formal disciple of Ghulam Nabi Khan of the Delhi gharana of classical music who was a sarangi player.
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. Her youngest daughter, Rahat Multanikar is also a folk singer like her mother.
On the radio, at age 15, she sang compositions by veteran Pakistani composers, Niaz Hussain Shami and Abdul Haq Qureshi. 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.
Multanikar's career as a playback singer was short lived. 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).
- 1959: Golden Award
- 1960: Chatta Gaang Award
- 1964: Nigar Award
- 1975-1980: Gulam Fareed Award
- 1982 Jashn-e-Fareed Award
- 1981-1982 Shair-e-Mashriq Award
- 1986 Pride of Performance Award
- 2000: Shahbaz Award
- 2002 Gulam Fareed Award
- 2008 Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award by the President of Pakistan
- Profile of Suraiya Multanikar on The Friday Times (newspaper) Zulqarnain's Audio Archive 26 September 2014, Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Suraiya Multanikar profile Retrieved 18 June 2018
- Amel Ghani (14 December 2015). "Suraiya Multanikar: From a stubborn child to a celebrated singer". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Alhamra organizes Kuch Yaadain Kuch Baatain for legendary singers to interact with fans Daily Times (newspaper), 21 September 2019, Retrieved 26 June 2020
- Adnan Lodhi (31 May 2015). "Taking the craft forward". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
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