Name Nayyara Noor
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Role Playback Singer
Spouse Sheheryar Zaidi
Years active 1971–2012
Education Islamia College
|Genres Ghazal singing, film Playback singing|
Albums Meri Pasand, Nayyara Sings Faiz
Children Jaffer Zaidi, Naad-e-Ali Barkha
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Kabhi Hum Khoobsurat by Nayyara Noor - Best Ghazal Song | Ghazal E Alam
Nayyara Noor (Urdu: نیرہ نور ) is a Pakistani playback singer who is considered to be one of South Asia's popular film songs playback singer and a stage performer. She performs in the live ghazal singing concerts on Pakistan Television shows or in concert halls in the country. She has mainly been active from 1971-2012.
- Kabhi Hum Khoobsurat by Nayyara Noor Best Ghazal Song | Ghazal E Alam
- Early life and career
- Singing career
- Some additional songs
- Related information
Early life and career
Nayyara Noor was born in 1950 in Assam, India. Her ancestors and family were a merchant class hailing originally from Amritsar, Punjab, India who had settled in Guwahati in Assam State in the North-Eastern India. Her father was an active member of the All-India Muslim League and had played host to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, leader of the ongoing movement for creating a new country called Pakistan, on his trip to Assam before the Partition of India in 1947. It was in 1957 (or 1958, Nayyara Noor is not sure) that her mother with 7-year-old Nayyara Noor and her siblings migrated to Pakistan and settled down in Lahore, Pakistan. Her father had to stay back in Assam until 1993 because he wanted to sell-off his properties in Assam before migrating to Pakistan to join the rest of his family. 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.
Although Nayyara had no formal musical background nor formal training, she was discovered by Professor Israr at the Islamia College in Lahore after hearing her sing 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.
In 1971, Nayyara made her public singing debut in Pakistani television serials and then beginning with films like Gharana (1973) and Tansen. She has since sung ghazals penned by the famous poets like Ghalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz and has performed with legends like Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi. She has won three gold medals in the All Pakistan Music Conference and a Nigar Award for best playback female singer in film Gharana (1973). She has since performed at countless mehfils and mushairas having cemented a following among ghazal lovers in Pakistan and India. Probably the most famous ghazal of hers (a form of song in Urdu poetry) was ae jazba- e- dil gar main chahoon, written by Behzad Lakhnavi (1900-1974), a renowned poet of Urdu Naats & Ghazals, scriptwriter and songwriter of Radio Pakistan.Nayyara Noor later won many awards for this ghazal.
She is a versatile singer & following are some all time (Non-film) great ghazals recorded in her voice:
- Nayyara believes that Ibn-e-Insha's ghazals carry a unique pathos:
National song in Nayyara's voice:
During her long singing career, she has sung ghazals, geet, nazm and national songs. Sober and shy, she has always maintained her high singing standards from the beginning. She has also recorded hundreds of songs for the Pakistani films.
Some additional songs
Some tragic numbers like the following:
Nayyara's versatile voice touches the hearts of her fans in Pakistan and across the borders in India. More of her super- hit film songs are listed below:
Nayyara's admirers look forward to listening to her melodious voice for many years to come from her recordings. However, Nayyara Noor officially announced in 2012 that she no longer will sing professionally. After her marriage, she maintains that her primary roles have been those of a wife and a mother. She says that music has been a passion with her but never her top priority. Making money also has not been very important to her.