Bulbul-e-Pakistan Nayyara Noor laid to rest in Karachi

By: News Desk
Published: 06:45 PM, 21 Aug, 2022
Bulbul-e-Pakistan Nayyara Noor laid to rest in Karachi
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Celebrated playback singer Nayyara Noor, also known as Bulbul-e-Pakistan who passed away in Karachi early Sunday has been laid to rest in the Karachi Defense Phase-VIII graveyard in the evening.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, the funeral prayer of Nayyara Noor was performed at Imambargah Yasrab.

Family members, relatives and showbiz personalities including Javed Sheikh, Bushra Ansari, Behrooz Sabzwari, Rubina Ashraf, and Munawar Saeed participated in the funeral prayer.

Legendary singer Nayyara Noor was 71 years old. She is survived by her husband, Sheharyar Zaidi, and two sons, Ali and Jaafer.

The popular playback singer was one of the most melodious voices in the subcontinent and a class stage performer as she had sung in numerous live ghazal mehfils on Pakistani television.

President, PM condole

President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed grief over the sad demise of legendary singer Nayyara Noor.

In a statement on Sunday, he prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the departed soul higher status in heaven. He said Nayyara Noor achieved a distinction in the field of singing. He said her eternal songs and ghazals will always remind us of her.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also took to the twitter to express his condolences on the sad demise of Nayyara Noor.

Zardari’s condolence

Former President Asif Ali Zardari expressed grief over the death of a prominent singer Nayyara Noor and said she will live forever in her songs.

Zardari expressed his condolences to the singer’s family and said that the world of music has lost a beautiful voice.

Nayyara Noor’s career spanned over several decades and was conferred with multiple national awards. She was conferred with the title of Bulbul-e-Pakistan alongside the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2006. Noor was also honoured with the Nigar Award in 1973.

The news of her passing away reached social media after a family member of the singer confirmed her demise.

A keen enthusiast of melody, she started learning music at a very early age and got her first break on Radio Pakistan in 1968. Three years later, she was introduced on PTV.

Nayyara Noor showed her excellence while working with every major composer for film and TV during her time. She sang Ahmed Shamim's 'Kabhi Hum Bhi Khoobssorat Thay' for the PTV drama serial 'Teesra Kinara.'

Nayyara liked to sing Ibn-e-Insha's ghazals as she believed they carry a unique pathos, like 'Jalay tau jalao gori'.

Initially, she came to be known for singing Faiz Ahmad Faiz's poetry. Her iconic rendition of Faiz's poetry turned out to be probably the most known and celebrated work she produced in 1976 as a birthday gift for Faiz.

In her long career as a singer, Nayyara Noor received a lot of praise and was given the title of Bulbul-e-Pakistan (Nightingale of Pakistan).

Nayyara Noor was born in Guwahati, Assam, northeastern India, on 3 November 1950, where she grew up. Her family and ancestors were merchants who emigrated from Amritsar, Punjab and settled in Assam. Her father was a member of the All India Muslim League and welcomed Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Assam before the partition of India in 1947.

Noor immigrated to Pakistan with his mother and brothers from India in 1957, settling in Karachi. In contrast, her father remained in Assam till 1993 to care for the family land. Nayyara Noor was reportedly inspired by Kanan Devi and Kamla’s bhajans and Begum Akhtar’s ghazals and thumris as a child.

Although Nayyara Noor had no formal musical training or education, Asrar Ahmad of the Lahore Islamic Institute trained her after hearing her sing at the 1968 banquet of the Lahore National Academy of Arts for her friends and colleagues. Soon after, she was invited to perform on the university’s Pakistani radio programme.

1971 was Nayyara Noor’s debut as a singer on Pakistani television, and she later acted in films such as Gharana (1973) and Tansen. Since then, she has performed ghazals by notable poets such as Ghalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, along with giants such as Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi.

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