Singer Nayyara Noor, the “Nightingale of Pakistan,” is no more

Last Updated: September 9, 2022By

Nayyara Noor, one of Pakistan’s greatest singers, died in Karachi after a short illness. She was 71 years old.

Nayyara Noor rose to prominence as one of Pakistan’s most recognizable singers. The best known for her renditions of works by revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

The news of her death was confirmed by her family. Nayyara Noor, also known as the “Nightingale of Pakistan”. She was born in November 1950 in Guwahati, Assam, India. Where she spent her early childhood before her family relocated to Karachi, the capital of newly formed Pakistan.

Nayyara Noor career and achievements

She will be remembered for her renditions of work by Pakistan’s famous revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The music was released in a 1976 compilation called Nayyara Sings Faiz.

She went to the renowned National College of Arts in Lahore, where her singing talent was discovered. By the late 1960s, she made her television debut.

Noor received numerous awards during her four-decade career. She also got the Nigar Award for best playback singer for the film Gharana in 1973.

Nayyara Noor, who was not a trained singer, stated in an interview that it was not her intention to become a professional singer. And it was simply a coincidence that she performed in college, where a professor encouraged her to pursue a career.

She also performed some of Pakistan’s most memorable patriotic songs, such as Sohni Dharti, and numerous songs for Pakistani films. Furthermore, she received the government’s Pride of Performance award in 2006 for her contributions to the arts. Lata Mangeshkar was known as Indian Nightingale while Nayyayra Noor was known as Pakistani Nightingale.

Nayyara Noor finally quit singing in 2012 and spent the rest of her life as a housewife. She was married to actor Shehryar Zaidi. She is the mother of two musicians and singers, Naad-e-Ali Zaidi and Jaffer Zaidi.

Her death sparked an outpouring of sorrow among her music lovers. They shared their memories and videos of her famous songs. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed his condolences in a statement, saying Noor’s death would cause “irreparable damage” to the music world.

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