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Nayyara Noor: Talent rises to the top
By Anis Shakur

Teri zameen kay ye chand taray hai jin ki Aankhon mein pyar tera
Sadaqatoan kay deye jala kar barha rahay hain waqar tera gawah rehna  Watan ki matti gawah rehna gawah rehna

The infinite capacity of the human voice is mind- boggling. When it comes to Nayyara, we realize that her voice has literally captivated the hearts and minds of those who enjoy beautiful singing throughout the world.
 
Sober, reserved, and shy, Nayyara fell into the music business by a fluke. In the early 1970s, she was doing a course with a diploma granted at completion in textile designing from the national college of arts.
 
At that time, colleges and universities regularly held all Pakistan contests in various subjects, in which Nayyara often participated and won prizes, as well.
 
A little later, she introduced herself to the relevant people in Pakistani television.
 
In those days, Rafiq Waraij had been affiliated with an entertainment program. He had heard about Nayyara's talents, and decided to give her an opportunity to sing.
 
Besides, in the mid-seventies, Nayyara had recorded a lot of geet, and ghazals for Arshad Mehmud for Pakistan television program, 'Such gup', and 'Taal matol'.
 
Probably, Nayyara's ascent from a textile designer to a reputed singer was propelled more by her own curiosity than ambition.
 
It seemed that she was perfectly poised for the ghazal below:
 
'Aye jazba-e-dil gar mein chahoon her cheese muqabil Aaja ye, manzil kay liye do gaam chaloon aur saamnay manzil Aaja ye'. Poet, Bhehzad Lucknavi, originally recorded in the voice of a female Indian singer, for the Indian film 'Anjuman', 1948, and pictured on Indian actress, Nargis.
 
Rerecorded in Nayyara's voice for Pakistan television's music program, 'Sukhanwar'.
 
'Jazba-e-dil' sent Nayyara into the stratosphere.
 
Her initial huge success encouraged budding artists, including young, aspiring Pakistani girls to come forward and try their luck in the music arena.
 
Nayyara's lilting singing voice is a translation of music through the soul. Here is a more- subtle example of Nayyara's artistic caliber:
 
'Chalo usko', nazm, poet, Zehra Nigah, composer, Mian Sheheryaar Zaidi, Pakistan television drama'83, 'Daur-e-junoon'.
 
Her ingenuity is evident perhaps, no where more so than in the presentation below:
 
'Kabhi hum khubsurat thay'. Poet, Ahmed Shamim, Pakistan television drama serial, 'Teesra kinara'.
 
Nayyara was the guest in the second episode of Anwar Maqsood's Karachi television stage show, 'Silver Jubilee', in 1983.
 
In 'Silver Jubilee', she rendered this geet, 'Ghata ghanghor ghor, moar machaway chore, moray sajan Aaja'.
 
Nayyara received tremendous applause from the audience in general and from Khursheed Banu in particular. Khursheed Banu, originally sang 'Ghata ghanghor', in the Indian film 'Taan Sain'.
 
Years ago Nayyara was so inspired by Begum Akhtar, that she was fond of listening to Begum Akhtar's ghazals in old fashioned r m p gramophone record players, because audio cassette players were not common then.
 
This further enhanced Nayyara's aptitude in music. Moreover, in college days, she was accustomed to singing ghazals, which had been originally recorded in Begum Akhtar's voice and she gained a lot of popularity.
 
In Nayyara's own words, 'ghazal leaves a profound impact on the listener. The effect is rapid and lasting.'
 
Additionally, the ghazals, which Nayyara recorded for Pakistan television, have virtually immortalized the television's image to the general public.
 
Below is a ghazal that endured through all those years:
 
'Rang barsaat nay bharay kuchh to'. Poet, Nasir Kazmi, Nayyara's favorite poet.
Nayyara, who is an embodiment of humility, goes down in the annals of Pakistani show business as a rare singer few could imitate. Below is a fairly obvious example:
 
'Phir sawan ruth ki pawan chali, tum yaad Aaye.' Poet, Nasir Kazmi.
 
She stole the hearts of her fans with 'Aye ishq hamay barbaad na kar'. Nazm, poet, Akhtar Shirani, exquisitely composed by Khalil Ahmed.
 
Additionally, Nayyara believes that Ibn-e-Insha's lyrics carry a unique pathos. Below is an example:
 
'Jal to jalao gori.' Poet, Ibn-e-Insha.
 
Below is a national song, which Nayyara sang with inspiring conviction; its composition conveys the loyalty of world listeners. This presence never leaves:
'Watan ki matti gawah rehna, gawah rehna.'
 
'Watan ki matti' is widely listened from Karachi to Khyber.
 
While sharing her views with the people, Nayyara had said, 'it is a matter of considerable pleasure and honor for a singer to be praised by a poet.' In her case, she added, 'Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi was all praise for her artistic talents.'
 
In the richer realm of poetry, there are a myriad of other examples of Nayyara's brilliant rendition.
 
Nayyara, an unobtrusively intelligent woman, brought us closer to reality in the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. For instance, the masterpiece below:
'Hum keh tehray ajnabi.'
 
Similarly, Nayyara recorded 'Panchi bawara' with plenty of zest. Hence, her admirers feel proud, and rightly so.
 
Likewise, with 'Wo jo hum mein', she endeared herself to the Pakistani public. Below is a nazm to warm your spirit-Pakistani style:
 
'Lub pay Aati hai dua.'
 
The following poetry in Nayyara'a voice is still popular with the populace:
'Aaj bazaar mein.'
 
Through her mellifluous voice, Nayyara brings to her music the sobering sense of a singer's prowess:
 
'Jano kahan jao.'
 
In the soft tones of her voice, 'Jhula kinnay dala', sounds fabulous.
 
Her passion for perfection keeps Nayyara on her toes all the time. Below is an example:
 
'Mujhay wida kar.'
 
She brings out all possible emotions through her voice. Below is another example:
'Mujhay apni zabt.'
 
The melodies and lyrics were learned by Nayyara and applauded by music buffs, like this one:
 
'Preet nagar say.'
 
Nayyara increasingly found opportunities to show her dramatic abilities, notably in 'Tuk dair jo Aanay.'
 
Nayyara is the wife of singer-cum-composer, Mian Sheheryaar Zaidi.
 
Furthermore, Sheheryaar's two sisters, Yasmeen Wasti and Arjumand Shaheen, used to be the renowned Pakistan television's newscasters.
 
Both Nayyara and Sheheryaar lent their voice to numerous songs, which were previously recorded in the voice of Kundan Lal Saigal, Khursheed Begum and other prominent singers of the distant past.
 
Reverting to ghazal, the purpose of ghazal is to celebrate its values in uncorrupted form. Presumably, Pakistani and, to some extent, even non-Pakistani audiences are acquainted with those values.
 
Nayyara made her professional singing debut in a 1973 movie, 'Gharana', directed by K Khursheed, theatrical release was on March 23, 1973.
 
Songwriter, Kaleem Usmani, must have written these romantic lyrics with Nayyara in mind!
 
'Tera saya jahan bhi ho sajna, palkain bicha doon, sari umer bita doon.'
'Tu jo bulaye sajna mein bun patang chali Aaoon.
Chore kay sara zamana teray rang mein he rang jaoon
O meray sajna O meray saathi teray sung sung chali Aaoon.'
 
It is not all that difficult to succumb to its full-spirited romanticism.
 
On the strength of her super hit debut song, Nayyara received more offers from other composers in quick succession.
 
'Chanda kahan guzari raat ray', brought exuberant fun for Nayyara's adorers.
As time passed by, Nayyara developed confidence and exuberance and came up with celebratory songs like 'Tu he bata pagli pawan.' The film 'Phool meray gulshan ka,' and 'Teray ishq nachaya.'
 
Looking back over her long career in Pakistani entertainment, we come across such mega hits as the one below:
 
'Meray khayal nay aisa sanam tarasha hai, kabhi hansata hai mujh ko, kabhi rulata hai.' The film 'Subha ka tara.'
 
Perhaps, her voice never ringed as true as it did in the number below:
 
'Kuchh loag mohabbat ka sila maang rahay hain.' The film 'Gumrah.'
 
Small wonder, Nayyara became a musical phenomenon with such favorites as 'Aaj gham hai to kya wo din zuroor Aaye ga, phir tera gham khushi mein badal jaaye ga.' The film 'Mastana.'
 
She did not confine herself to light music. Hence, the song below proves an enjoyable and sharp surprise to her fans:
 
'Haye zara meri nabz deikh kar dawa dejeye.' The film 'Ajnabi.'
 
From the melancholy strains of 'Toot gaya sapna' the film 'Subha ka tara', to a jolly number like 'Dum dama dum mast', the film 'Miss hippi', Nayyara's voice is absolutely exemplary.
 
It fills ones heart with hope, aspiration and longing as one listens to a soulful Nayyara:
 
'Is percham kay saye talay.' The film 'Farz aur mamta.'
 
Below is a romantically charged score, which Nayyara sang under the baton of Robin Ghosh. Who else could have written the lucid poetry other than Kaleem Usmani:
 
'Rothay ho tum to mein kaisay mana oon piya, bolo na, bolo na.' The super hit film, 'Aa'ena.'
 
Nayyara is, indeed, a rare combination of brain and brawn in the boisterous ocean of artistic passions. Below is an example:
 
'Boal ri guriya boal zara, chup rehtay tujhay sadyaan beteen, kano mein ras ghoal.' The film 'Aas', lyrics, Masroor Anwar.
 
Below is a look back, not a Pakistani look, but a Nayyara look!
 
'Mausum to deewana hai, bara he deewana hai.' The film 'Do saathi.'
 
Her industriousness leads to one success after another. Nayyara is most well known for romantic scores like the three below:
 
'Ruth Aaye, ruth jaaye, piya kyon naheen Aaye.' The film 'Aahut.'
 
'Aaj dildaar sajh dhaj kay Aaya.' The film'Umang', Nayyara- Akhlaq Ahmed.
 
'Raat bhar sajna ko yaad kiya hoga.' The film 'Umang', Nayyara- Akhlaq Ahmed.
 
Nayyara's inimitable voice reminds us of the spirit of renewal and adventure, that touches the core of each and every person's humanity.
 
Most important of all, the immediate examples of Nayyara's work above, was a group effort by all of those involved with the projects. No one artist could have done all that alone.
 
The most dizzying stuff from Nayyara's vocal cords are given below:
 
'Itna bhi na chaho mujhay,' the film 'Parda na uthao.'
 
'Ik ajnabi chehray say mulaqat huwe hai', the film 'Baaghi haseena.'
 
'Mera pyar tum he ho sajna' the film 'Farz aur mamta.'
 
A popular number like 'phool bun ja oon gee', the film 'Qismat', immediately won accolades for nayyara's talents.
 
She went from proverbial success to success, from glory to glory.
 
One may recall numerous examples of songs to highlight this point. Below are three such songs:
 
'Aye jaan-e-wafa', the film 'Shireen Farhad.'
 
'Mein raqs teray sung karti', the film 'Hesaab.'
 
'Shore karoan gee, chup na rahoon gee,' the film 'Maum ki guriya.'
 
Always the innovator, Nayyara went on to record such song as 'Jala deen shamay', the film 'Aabru.'
 
Equally impressive is the number 'Lovely lovely jhuta', the film 'Aabru,' which concurrently is merry and admirable.
 
Likewise, the success of the song 'Tera pyar bun kay Aaye hoon', the film 'Bhool', added even more plaudits to Nayyara's eventful career.
 
Nayyara won the Nigar Award for best singer, in the film 'Gharana', in 1973.

Nayyara won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film 'Dooriyaan', in 1984.
 
The key to Nayyara's voice is that it is realistic and inspiring at once-an enormous accomplishment, which is seldom seen in modern Pakistani music.
 
Hers is a voice that demands our surrender-to its energy, to its vocal sway, and, above all, to its wistful presentation.
 
Her admirers are stunned by the influence of he voice that has been unleashed on them.
 
Most of all, they have an even greater appreciation for the gracious lady behind music.
 
A music audience is like an un-sequestered jury. As such, they have come up with the following verdict about Nayyara:
 
Nayyara Noor's innocent image, her songs, her sweet voice, and, best of all, her flawless character will live in our hearts for years to come.



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Please visit her web site to listen Nayyara noor
http://www.ptv.com.pk/webptv/hit-songs-ghazals10.asp
 
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Nayyara Noor

Title

Track

Audio

Hum Ke Thehre Ajnabi

06:16

 

Itna Bhi Na Chahon

03:16

 

Jab Tak Na Toote

03:33

 

Kuch Der To Hum

03:16

 

Kuch Log Mohabbat

03:12

 

Lovely Lovely Jhoota

03:16

 

Mujhe Dilse Na Bhulana

03:40

Phoolon Ki Tarah

03:57

 

Raat Dhale Ya Din

04:48

 

Roothe Ho Tum

03:44

 

Sitaron Ki Mehfil

02:25

 

Tera Pyar Ban Ke

04:11

 

Tera Saaya Jahan

03:24

 

Tu Hi Bata

03:24

 

Zindagi Ka Safar

05:06

 

 



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 Nayyara became a singer by chance. What happened was that in the early seventies, she was doing a course with a diploma granted at completion in textile designing from the national college of arts. At that time colleges and universities regularly held all Pakistan contests in various subjects, in which she often participated and won prizes, as well.

A little later, she introduced herself to the relevant people in the Pakistan television. In those days, Rafiq Waraij had been affiliated with an entertainment program. He had heard about Nayyara's talents and decided to give her an opportunity to sing. Besides, in the mid-seventies, Nayyara had recorded a lot of geeth and ghazals for Arshad Mehmud for Pakistan television's 'such gup' and 'taal matol'. Moreover, during those days, she was fond of listening to Begum Akhtar's (Nayyara is inspired by Begum Akhtar) ghazals in old fashioned r m p gramophone record players (audio cassette players were not common then) which further enhanced her aptitude in music. Further, in college days, she was accustomed to singing ghazals, which had been originally recorded in Begum Akhtar's voice and Nayyara gained a lot of popularity. In Nayyara's own words: 'Ghazal leaves a profound impact on the listener. The effect is rapid and lasting'


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A modestly attired lady in a simple, printed lawn shalwar kameez, devoid of any accessories and sans make-up, hair loosely tied up, steel rimmed glasses perched on her nose, looking like any girl next-door is Nayyara Noor, the celebrated singer of Pakistan.

Unpretentious and unassuming, her image denotes a different dimension in the glamorous world of stardom, where starry airs and Barbie doll look-alikes dominate the scene. After all the industry can't easily accept anyone who dares to be different, but Nayyara certainly scores high on that exclusive list.

Swaying from the norm with her dignified performance, she does not indulge in adaas or nakhras to capture her listeners' [viewers'] interest. Instead she hypnotises the audience with her mellifluous voice. She occupies the first-floor residence where she lives with her businessman-turned-homeopath doctor husband Sheheryar (Sherry as she lovingly calls him) and two sons.

After some time one soon discovers that Nayyara definitely stands a cut above the rest. No offence meant to the ladies on the bloc, but Nayyara is one of those first-rate singers who actually can have a conversation easily in both Urdu and English. Basic education: After her initial schooling in India where her parents were settled, later joined the National College of Arts, Lahore with textile designing as her major subject.

Do you feel a change in music trends and how have you been able to continue singing classical songs and ghazals for over two decades?
"I haven't to this day understood what all this halla gulla is," she's quick to retort. "Why can't somebody just tackle the melody side? After a chaotic and tiring day, I feel any sensible person would definitely not want shor sharaba but music, which is mellow and sweet.
"How would you feel after driving through all the heavy traffic you reach home.

Well, it's the same with music. When people want to relax, they want to hear sweet, soulful melodies. There have been many instances where I have been asked to add drums to my orchestra but why should I? I don't believe in music which the minute it starts playing you begin giving jhatkas to your body. I believe music should clean your soul and spirit, not give 2,000 current volts to your body.'

But Zille Huma is very popular singing such songs. "Do you call that singing," she cuts short. So you don't approve of it?
"You are asking me a very difficult question." After a little prodding she does continues, "If I approved of it I would be doing it myself too, wouldn't I? Suppose I ask you to make biryani but not give all the ingredients, you will not be able to cook it. In the same way to be a daughter of Noor Jehan does not mean you can be a Noor Jehan.

At the same time Nayyara's very genuine when it comes to dishing out a compliment to Melody Queen Noor Jehan and Lata Mangeshkar whom she rates as the greatest singers ever born. "I listen to their songs religiously. "Mera khana hazam nahin hota uskay beghair," she says affectionately. Another person for whom her affection is very evident is Arshad whom she credits for giving her the first break and who features in the conversation every now and then.

"Arshad is an absolute genius," she praises him. "Have you heard Momin's ghazal "Wo jo hum mein tum mein qarar tha, tumhain yaad ho kay no yaad ho", which he composed. I sang it for Sahira Kazmi's long play for television. It's my favourite. What a superbly crafted composition," she goes into raptures.

How much time is needed to record one song?
"Oh! About three days, and do you know how much we are paid?" Pausing she answers her own question. "Just Rs920 per song. I feel ashamed to even say it. Why do you think I am not seen so much on television anymore?" she elaborates further, "This is the reason. I have some very good friends at the PTV and whatever I sing is because of them, not for monetary benefits."

What about Pakistani movies?
"You won't believe it but I have only seen one Pakistani movie to-date and that is Gharana. The only reason I saw it is because I sang a song in it "Tera saiya jahan bhi ho sajna" which broke all records at that time."

Domestic Life: Nayyara is an intelligent and extremely home oriented. Her life is not an open book for the world at large. She is confidence personified, seemingly very secure in her personal and professional life. Her's was a love marriage (in her own words - the tall fair student of Hailey College whom she met the first time in 1968 at the All Pakistan Music competition) and she still seems very much in love with him.

"Very supportive, very cooperative" is how she describes Sheheryar. She confessed with a smile that she has not had a cold drink, achaar, chatni and ice cream for years. Doesn't she miss it? " It is a small price to pay for the returns I am getting." Just then her husband enters the room and in passing asks if we would like a cup of tea. Looking at the husband and wife one can only marvel at their devotion. One could sense the closeness as they spoke to each other.

Do you think that success and stardom has changed things?
With a gentle shrug of her shoulders Nayyara confesses, "If there has been any change it is that I have become much more humbler. My parents were very proud of me, especially my father. About 12 years ago there came a time when I got very bogged down coping with the house, the children and my work. I wrote to my father expressing my desire of quitting music.

He replied in just three sentences that Pakistan has an approximate population of 10-12 crore. How many Nayyara Noors has it produced? Just think. His sentiments touched my heart deeply and I decided to give music my full concentration. I have learnt from experience that if something is right and pure it has to rise. Nobody, no force can stop it."

Would you comment about rumours for your prized project?
"Well I don't know which one is that but at the moment I am working on a cassette titled Nayyara sings Faiz Vol. 2 which is just fascinating," she smiles happily.

What are your future plans?
"I want to start a musical institution to teach students music. Not necessarily classical music," she explains. "Just how and what to sing," she continues in the same enthusiastic tone. One can feel the confidence and realise that success has settled well on her. After all, she deserves it.


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dada,
thank you so much for the wanderful article.I will listen to it later today.I really needed something like this today...
thank you

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Clap Clap A great article to read after so long. Thanks Qwest ji

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Thanks Dolly and Swar ji. She is great singer. Nayyara Noor's innocent image, her songs, her sweet voice, and, best of all, her flawless character will live in our hearts for years to come.

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