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Nayyara Noor (singer)

Nayyara Noor is a Pakistani playback vocalist who is recognized for her cinema songs, playback artists, and entertainers in South Asia. She performs in live ghazal singing programs on Pakistani television and in the show corridors. On August 14, 2005, the Pakistani government presented her with the Presidential Medal of Excellence, she also receives numerous awards including pride of performance, nigar award, and three gold medal awards for her remarkable career in the field of singing.

Nayyara Noor was born on November 3, 1950, in the north-eastern Indian city of Guwahati, where she grew up. After relocating from Punjab’s Amritsar, her merchant family and forebears had long been entrenched in Assam. Her father was a member of the All-India Muslim League and had met Pakistan’s founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, on a visit to Assam before the split in 1947. In 1957 or 1958, Noor, her mother, and her siblings moved from India to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. In contrast, her father stayed in Assam until 1993 to handle the family’s immovable assets. Kanan Devi and Kamla’s bhajans, as well as Begum Akhtar’s ghazals and thumris, are said to have impacted Nayyara as a child.

Despite having no professional musical training or background, Professor Israr at Islamia College in Lahore found Nayyara after hearing her perform for her friends and professors at an annual banquet at the National College of Arts in Lahore in 1968. She was requested to sing for the university’s Radio Pakistan broadcasts soon after.

This is from 1968 when Nayyara Noor sang amateur songs for friends and instructors at the National College of Arts’ ‘Annual Dinner.’ Professor Israr noticed the essence of singing in her, and he was provided the opportunity to demonstrate her singing abilities on university radio Pakistan programs on a daily basis. Arshad Mahmood, a musician, used to play the guitar with a group of his buddies during this time.

He was invited to a concert at NCA one day, when he heard Nayyara Noor perform the song “O Sajnaan Barkha Bihar Aaye” by Lata Mangeshkar. Nayyara Noor’s vocal ability pleased Arshad Mahmood, and the two began collaborating. Nayyara Noor began playback singing for Radio Pakistan drama series and then films in 1971. She also sang the ghazals of Mirza Ghalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz at the same time, and he had the privilege of performing with the ghazal emperor Mehdi Hassan at the start of his career.

Even if it’s a love song for movies, Nayyara Noor’s vocals demonstrated her flexibility. Tell me Pagli Paun (film flower of my Gulshan), don’t even want me so much (don’t open the film curtain), you’re furious, how can I celebrate you (Movie mirrors), or sorrowful songs, wherever your shadow is Sajna (film family, talk Kaleem Usmani). All of them were beautifully sung by him. Nayyara Noor’s advice to young people who wish to try in the world of music and dream of success is simple but powerful: “Music is perhaps the purest form of art, don’t mix with me.” Furthermore, Nayyara Noor claims that she has absorbed music into her spirit throughout her career.

Nayyara’s fans are looking forward to hearing her sweet voice on her recordings for many years to come. Nayyara Noor, on the other hand, stated in 2012 that she would no longer be singing professionally. She claims that her principal duties after marriage have been those of a wife and a mother. She claims that music has always been a love of hers, but that it has never been her first focus. Making money has never been a priority for her.


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