India born singer was adored by millions from both sides of the border for her soulful melodies.
ISLAMABAD — Celebrated Pakistani singer Nayyara Noor passed away in Karachi on Sundy after a brief illness, her family sources said.
“It is with heavy heart that I announce the passing of my beloved aunt (tayi) Nayyara Noor. May her soul R.I.P.,” her nephew Raza Zaidi tweeted.
She was adored by millions from both sides of the border for her soulful melodies.
Born on November 3, 1950 in Assam’s Guwahati, she liked Begum Akhtar Ghazals, thumris and Kanan Devi Bhajans since chidlhood.
Her family migrated to Pakistan sometime in 1958, when she was seven-year-old.
Noor, 71, was given the title of ‘Bulbul-e-Pakistan’ and conferred with the Nigar Award for the best female playback singer for Gharana in 1973.
In 1971, Noor made her playback singing debut in Pakistani television serials and then seamlessly transitioned to films like Gharana and Tansen.
Noor will be best known for her ghazals.
She performed at mehfils, enjoying a cult-like following among ghazal lovers in Pakistan and India.
Her famous ghazal rendition was Ae Jazba-e-Dil Ghar Main Chahoon , written by Behzad Lucknavi, a renowned Urdu poet.
Noor also sang ghazals penned by poets like Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and also performed with the likes of Mehdi Hassan.
Noor was honoured with the title Bulbul-e-Pakistan (Nightingale of Pakistan) in 2006.
In 2006, she was honoured with the Pride of Performance Award, and by 2012, she bid adieu to her professional singing career.
Condoling her demise, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said her death is an irreparable damage to the music world.
“Be it a ghazal or a song, whatever Nayyara Noor sang, she sang it with perfection. The void created by Nayyara Noor’s death will never be filled,” the Pakistan Prime Minsirter posted on twitter while praying for her place in heaven.