Pride of Pakistan – Ahmed Rushdi: The Prince of Melody

Ahmed Rushi- greatest singer of Pakistan

Ahmed Rushdi is one of the greatest singers of South Asia. The titles “Prince of Melody” and “The Wizard of Vocals” (awaz ka jadugar) are a testament of his versatile singing abilities and immense talent.

Ahmed Rushdi was born in a religious family in Hyderabad; Deccan in pre partition India.Rushdi lost his father in infancy. Rushdi was blessed with an exceptional voice, natural talent and a strong liking for music. No one in his family was even remotely associated with music. His father’s friend noticing his fondness for music and his good voice, enrolled him in a local music academy where he was taught by M.A Rauf and Iqbal Quraishi; two renowned composers of that time. Rushdi sang his first song for an Indian movie Ibrat in 1952. In 1954, Rushdi migrated to Karachi Pakistan with his family and started participating in musical shows, variety programs and Radio Pakistan the most powerful medium of that time. Rushdi’s song “Bunder Road sey Kemari” for a children’s program was a hit and soon he became a household name. Offers started pouring from the film industry and Rushdi was now a busy playback singer as well.

Rushdi literally ruled over the music industry in the 60s and 70s. At that time there were other great singers as well but Rushdi had carved a special place for himself. Rushdi also was the first singer to introduce pop music to South Asia. His song “ko ko korena” composed by Sohail Rana and filmed on Waheed Murad set a new trend in the music industry of South Asia. Rushdi lent his voice to all the leading heroes of Pakistan film industry. His voice even suited the supporting actors and the comedians. He sang duets with all the leading female singers of Pakistan.

Rushdi never received any formal training in classical music but he had full command over notes especially high notes. He could capture all moods effectively; was comfortable with every genre of music; film songs, ghazals, qawwali.

On 11th April 1983, the great singer suffered from a massive heart attack and passed away. The government of Pakistan posthumously awarded him the Pride of Performance award in 2003.

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 – Tahira Syed

by on July 19, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

Popular singer of Pakistan Tahira Syed

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.

Pride of Pakistan – Reshma: The Voice of the Desert

Legendary singer of Pakistan Reshma

Reshma the folk singer of Pakistan is a big name in the Pakistani music scene. Reshma was born in Rajasthan India in 1947. Shortly after Pakistan gained independence, Reshma’s family migrated to Pakistan. Her family belonged to a tribe of gypsies who reared camels and sold them.

Reshma’s talent was discovered by the Radio Pakistan, a couple of songs later Reshma became a household name. She touched the hearts of the people with her raw soul stirring vocals. Her voice was pure, deep and vibrant; truly the voice of the desert.

People were not only fascinated by her voice but also her simple ways. She never received any formal training of music as a matter of fact she never received any education at all. Reshma had her own interesting style of remembering the lyrics. She was proud of her humble origins and the glitz of the glamour world did not mar her simplicity.

Reshma had countless fans in other countries too. She also recorded a song for an Indian movie in the 80s. The song was a mega hit. Reshma has performed in many countries and was invited by many governments; all in awe of her magnificent voice and her simple personality.

Reshma currently resides in Dubai. She is suffering from cancer and like other legends whose soulful renditions had brought joy to us on countless occasions; she has been abandoned by us Pakistanis when she needs us the most.

Pride of Pakistan – Farida Khanum: The Iconic Ghazal Singer

Popular and greatest ghazal singer of Pakistan Farida Khanum

Farida Khanum the iconic ghazal singer of Pakistan was born in 1935 in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the pre partitioned India. She was brought up in the city of Amristar.

She showed inclination towards music from an early age and used to accompany her elder sister Mukhtar Begum to Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan’s place where she (Mukhtar Begum) went for riyaaz (practice of classical music).

Mukhtar Begum was more than a sister to Farida Khanum; he was also her first teacher of classical music. From the tender age of seven, Farida Khanum learnt khayal from her sister. Later under Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan’s guidance she perfected her singing skills.

She chose to migrate to Pakistan when India was partitioned in 1947. Farida Khanum’s first public appearance was in 1950. She later sang for the Radio Pakistan; her deep rich voice ruled over the hearts of Pakistanis and fans across the border for years. Even today her melodious voice and her perfect rendition of ghazals remain unmatched.

When on stage her majestic presence, her total command over the classical raags and her style of delivering the lyrics really overawes the audience; after all she is the Malika e Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals).

Farida Khanum was awarded the Hilal-e- Imtiaz by the Pakistani government in 2005. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh honored her with the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award in 2005 too.

At the age of 74, Farida Khanum still exudes the same charm and magic when she sings. Farida Khanum is a living legend, a strong pillar on which the Pakistani music industry stands.

Top 10 Newspapers and Radio Stations of Pakistan

by on October 5, 2009
in Showbiz and Media

Daily-Dawn-Newspaper of Pakistan

Newspapers are the oldest medium of communication. Although radio and later TV diminished their popularity, but they still hold a significant position and play a big role in our lives. For some people the breakfast is incomplete without the newspaper.

The news reporting in the leading newspapers of Pakistan has always been unbiased and honest. The reporters were at times persecuted by the government and sent to jail but they always upheld the pledge they took as reporters “to report the truth and nothing but the truth”. Besides politics, newspapers also cover sports, crime, international events and business. There are special pages for children and a weekly magazine.

The top 10 newspapers of Pakistan are:

1. The Dawn
2. The Nation
3. Jang
4. Express
5. The News
6. Khabrain
7. Ausaf
8. Din
9. Al-Akhbar
10. Nawa-e-wqt

Radio was and still is popular among the masses. Before the invention of TV people stayed glued to their radio sets. News, dramas, songs, weather report and of course sports commentaries were broadcasted from radios. Above all Radio Pakistan provided a platform for the actors. Nearly all the TV and film actors began their careers from radio. Radio Pakistan started its service on 14th August 1947. It broadcasted programs for local audience and then in 1949 started its international service. At present there are 31 stations in Pakistan.

In 1994, fm radio was launched in the major cities of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad and has lured back the listeners to the radio sets with a different approach to broadcasting programs. These channels encouraged listeners to participate by calling up the R.Js and participating in debates, quizzes etc.

TOP TEN RADIO STATIONS

1. Radio Pakistan.
2. Voice of Quran.
3. FM100/ FM 101.
4. City FM.
5. Radio One.
6. Power Radio.
7. Awaz.
8. Hun Radio.
9. Radio City.
10. Capital Radio.
11. Voice of Kashmir.