Tahira Syed

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Tahira Syed
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Folk music and Ghazal
Occupation(s) Vocalist, TV personality
Years active 1968- present

Tahira Syed (Urdu: طاہرہ سيد‎) (born 1958) is a Pakistani ghazal and folk singer.[1][2] Her repertoire of Urdu, Punjabi and Pahari folk songs have made her a popular singer.[3]

Early life[edit]

Tahira Sayed was born to vocalist Malika Pukhraj and Shabbir Husain, a Punjabi petty government official and writer.[4] Tahira was made to learn singing by her mother Malika Pukhraj at age of 12. After two years of rigorous classical music training by a professional teacher, Tahira was instructed in music by her mother. Tahira Syed said in an interview that her mother was a very private person and a disciplined singer.[1]

She obtained her primary education from the Convent of Jesus and Mary where she passed her Senior Cambridge examinations. She went on to graduate at Lahore College. She studied law at the Punjab University, Lahore obtaining an LLB degree,[5] before enrolling for Masters in English at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore; she later dropped out of the college.

Music career[edit]

Syed received her initial training in music from Khan Sahib Akhtar Hussain. She first appeared on air in 1968–1969 on Radio Pakistan, and then on Pakistan Television and her popularity increased in the 1970s and 1980s. "Yeh Alam Shauq Ka Dekha na Jaey", "Chanjar Phabdi Na Mutiar Bina" and "Abhi Tau Main Jawan Houn" written by the renowned Pakistani poet Hafeez Jalandhri are some of her most popular songs. She has been the recipient of various musical awards in recognition of her achievements as a singer. In April 1985, she appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine. She has received the Pakistan Television Lifetime Achievement Award and also received the Pride of Performance Award from the President of Pakistan on 23 March 2013.[6] In 1972, she won the Nigar Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[7][unreliable source?]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to lawyer Naeem Bukhari for 15 years (1975-1990) before their separation and divorce.[8] She is a well-known personality in Pakistan in 2016 and occasionally speaks publicly at art and literature events.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Nurturing the tradition of music". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Purple anklets of pain". Indian Express. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bridging differences with cultural exchanges". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  4. ^ BBC News, Malika Pukhraj died on 4 February 2004, BBC News website, Published 4 Feb 2004, Retrieved 17 April 2016
  5. ^ [1] Indian Article, Interview in India
  6. ^ https://www.scribd.com/doc/102767138/Civilian-awards-Presidency-issues-list-of-192-recipients, Tahira Syed receives her Pride of Performance Award on Press Information Department, Government of Pakistan website, Retrieved 17 April 2016
  7. ^ http://www.janubaba.com/c/forum/topic/20869/Lollywood/Nigar_Awards__Complete_History, Tahira Syed wins her Nigar Award For Best Female Playback Singer on janubaba.com website, Retrieved 17 April 2016
  8. ^ http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/article.php?issue=20120608&page=24, 'Tahira Syed Dreams', The Friday Times weekly newspaper, Published 8 June 2012, Retrieved 17 April 2016
  9. ^ http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/94039-All-set-for-literature-gala-starting-on-February-5, Tahira Syed speaks at Karachi Literature Festival, The News International newspaper, Published 27 Jan 2016, Retrieved 17 April 2016

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