Pride of Pakistan – The Graceful Nayyara Noor

Greatest and popular female singer of Pakistan Nayyara Noor

Nayyara Noor is a talented singer from Pakistan. She as received no formal training of music but her natural talent and her passion for music has made her the great singer she is today. As a child she was very fond of Akhtar Begum and listened to her ghazals attentively.

During her college days, her teachers heard her sing and encouraged her to participate in the Radio Pakistan’s University Program in 1968. Nayyara’s singing career officially began in 1971. She recorded songs for Pakistan Television and movies. As a playback singer; the versatility of her voice surprised many and won accolades plus a large number of fans. Her romantic songs pulled the strings of the listeners’ hearts; her tragic songs cast a melancholy spell and her jolly teasing songs left the listeners smiling. Nayyara Noor won two Nigar Awards for her playback singing.

Nayyara’s national songs renew the spirit of patriotism in you. Nayyara Noor is best known for her ghazal singing. The reserved and graceful Nayyara has literally immortalized the ghazals she has sung. Although she has rendered ghazals by Ghalib, Fayez Ahmed Fayez, Nasir Kazmi and Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, her best performance in my opinion is Behzad Lakhnavi’s “Aye gazba-e-dil gar mein chahoon” recorded for PTV.

Pride of Pakistan – Abida Parveen: The Queen of Mysticism

Legendary and famous sufi singer of pakistan Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen was born in Larkana, Sindh Pakistan. She inherited the love of music from her father Ustad Ghulam Haider who ran a music school. She received her early music training from her father and formal training of classical music from Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.

Abida Parveen has a command over several genre of music like ghazal, kafi and qawwali. Her training in classical music has given her complete control over the notes and her powerful voice resonant voice spellbinds the listeners.

Sindh is the land of Sufi saints; people are deeply devoted to them and often visit their shrines. Abida’s family was also devoted to the Sufis and so mysticism has a deep impact on her music. She sings the kalam (poetry) of the Sufis with such ease and communicates their message of divinity, love and peace to the listeners. She creates a trance with her singing that even those who do not understand her words, are deeply moved and impressed. From the shrines of the Sufis to the concert halls the world over; Abida has performed everywhere and has left a trail of fans behind her. Abida can sing in Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Seraiki and Urdu.

Abida has also sung ghazals; her rendition of Fayez Ahmed Fayez has won accolades from many. Humble and humane the Queen of Mysticism has won many awards including the Pride of Performance award from the government of Pakistan.

Pride of Pakistan – Iqbal Bano: The Iconic Ghazal Singer

The greatest and famous ghazal singer of Pakistan Iqbal Bano

Iqbal Bano the noted ghazal singer was born in Punjab in 1935. She was brought up in Delhi where she received her training in pure classical and light classical music from Ustad Chaand Khan. On his reference, she started her singing career from All India Radio Delhi.

In 1952 Iqbal Bano migrated to Pakistan along with her family. The same year she was married to a landlord who promised never to be hindrance in her singing. Iqbal Bano received invitations for performances from Radio Pakistan. She also did playback singing for Pakistani movies in 19500; some of which are still remembered because of her soulful singing. In 1957 Iqbal Bano first sang for the public in Arts Council Lahore.

Iqbal Bano has sung several beautiful ghazals in her typical classical style for which she has been appreciated by people from all walks of life. But she is best known for rendering the poems of Fayez Ahmed Fayez be it the soul stirring sensitive “Dasht-e- Tanhai Mein” or the inspirational “Hum Dekhenge”, she has truly immortalized Fayez’s work. Hum Dekhenge became the hallmark of her career as she sang the song in public when the then military government had banned such songs and the poet himself was declared a persona non grata by the military dictator.

Besides singing in Urdu, she also sang in Persian and was popular in Iran and Afghanistan. Iqbal Bano was awarded the Sitara-e- Imtiaz for her contributions to Pakistan’ music industry.

This iconic ghazal singer passed away on 21st April 2009. She has left behind numerous unforgettable melodies and also a void which is impossible to fill.