One of Pakistan’s beautiful voice, Nayyara Noor, passed away at the age of 71 after a brief illness. As confirmed by her family, Nayyara madam had been sick for some time which eventually led to her demise on Sunday 21st August.
Nayyara Noor was born in November 1950 in Guwahati, Assam in India, where she spent her early childhood before her family relocated to Karachi, the capital of newly created Pakistan, a few years later. She went to the prestigious National College of Arts in Lahore, where her singing talent was first discovered, and by the late ’60s she had made her debut on state television. Nayyara Noor earned the title Bulbul of Pakistan for her melodious voice.
— Shafqat Amanat Ali (@ShafqatAmanatA) August 21, 2022
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) August 21, 2022
Heart breaking. I remember our last meeting and discussion at her place. She had moved beyond the worldly desires onto a serene and spiritual space with so much wisdom. She was our nightingale. May her soul rest in peace. #NayyaraNoor pic.twitter.com/sM5K77MncC
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) August 20, 2022
In a versatile career full of iconic songs, she will forever be remembered for her renditions of work by Pakistan’s famous revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz – music released in a 1976 compilation called Nayyara Sings Faiz. She also sang Pakistan’s most memorably patriotic songs, including Sohni Dharti, as well as countless ones for Pakistani films.
Nayyara Noor was also given the Pride of Performance award by the government in 2006 for her contributions to the arts. After retiring in 2012, she spent the rest of her days as a housewife catering for her family. Nayyara had married actor Shehryar Zaidi and was the mother of Naad-e-Ali Zaidi and Jaffer Zaidi, both talented musicians and singers in their own right.
Undoutedly, Pakistan has lost a big name in the music industry leaving an irreplaceable void. Several fans from both India and Pakistan also expressed their grief over Nayyara Madam’s demise.
A #NayyaraNoor song from the Pakistani film Aina(1977) strangely reminded me of Salil Chowdhury compositions, and I wasn't surprised to find out that the composer was Robin Ghosh, a singer/composer of repute from Bangladesh.
Tell me if you like the song.❤️🎶#Throwback #classics pic.twitter.com/TCzvRBpIX8
— Paushali Sahu 🇮🇳 (@dreamzdotcom) January 21, 2022
Rest in peace #NayyaraNoor – immensely talented, humble, publicity shy star. We grew up with her voice on Radio, TV and cinema.
Her voice shall live on.
My all time fav: Phir sawan rut ki pawan chali…
ھر ساون رت کی پون چلی تم یاد آئے
پھر پتوں کی پازیب بجی تم یاد آئے pic.twitter.com/19IMaKeXrR
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) August 20, 2022
Born and brought up in Assam. Migrated in the 1950s. Attained stardom in Pakistan. Beautifully sung #faiz's lament on the Bangladesh genocide. Now being mourned across the subcontinent. #NayyaraNoor belongs to all of us, and represents South Asia's shared & composite culture. pic.twitter.com/FKmH68yrAP
— Akash B'charya |आकाश भट्टाचार्य। আকাশ ভট্টাচার্য (@akash_musafir) August 21, 2022