Arthur Nayyar, popularly known as A. Nayyar is a renowned singer of Pakistan. Nayyar had a melodious voice and singing in the church choir improved it. A. Nayyar has sung many successful songs.
A. Nayyar’s career started in 1974 when he recorded a duet with Rubina Badar for the film Bahisht. Nayyar’s mellifluous voice could soon be heard everywhere. He faced tough competition but at that time Pakistan’s film industry was at its peak and there was place for everyone. After Ahmed Rushdi’s untimely death, Nayyar stepped forward to fill the void. Nayyar also performed on TV and radio; in fact some of his TV songs were so popular that they were included later in films. Nayyar got a chance to work with every famous music director and gave one hit song after the other. His romantic duets with Naheed Akhtar and Mehnaz were very popular with people and his solos were well liked too. His voice had depth and versatility and could express different emotions with ease.
Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi are two great singers who according to A. Nayyar, helped him in his career. Ahmed Rushdi taught him screen playback while Mehdi Hassan helped him improve his voice quality.
A. Nayyar has Won 7 Nigar Awards, 8 Graduate Awards and 4 Bolan Awards. Samina Peerzada’s Inteha was the last movie for which A. Nayyar sang.
Tahira Syed is a ghazal and folk singer from Pakistan. She is the youngest child of the legendary ghazal singer Malika Pukhraj. At the age of 12, Tahira started learning the basics of singing. After spending a couple of years learning classical music from Ustad Akhtar Hussain, her singing skills were later honed by her mother.
Tahira’s voice is quite different from that of other female Pakistani singers. Her voice is a bit heavy, resonant but graceful nonetheless. Tahira mostly sang ghazals, Pahari and Punjabi folk songs during her singing career. She started her singing career in 1968-69 from Radio Pakistan; a medium which served as a base and launched the careers of many singers and actors of Pakistan. Tahira has lent her voice to a couple of film songs as well. The film song which vibrates in the memories of many is “Hum sa ho to samney aaiy”. The famous music director Nisar Bazmi composed the song and asked Tahira to sing it. The song was a hit and Tahira put an end to all speculations that her voice did not suit playback singing.
Blessed with good looks, elegance and charm; the lady also graced the cover page of National Geographic magazine in 1985.
Tahira is not that active on the music scene and that’s why the new generation is not aware of her which is quite unfortunate. Singers like Tahira did not achieve fame overnight but worked hard for it.