Legendary Singer Nayyara Noor, Bulbul-e-Pakistan, dies at 71

Legendary Pakistani playback singer and ghazal singer Nayyara Noor who was known as Bulbul-e-Pakistan dies at 71.

A family member shared the news of the singer’s passing and confirmed her demise. Raza Zaidi, took to twitter to state, “It is with heavy heart that I announce the passing of my beloved aunt (tayi) Nayyara Noor. May her soul R.I.P. She was given the title of ‘Bulbul-e-Pakistan’ because of her melodious voice.”

The nature of her illness was not immediately clear, The Dawn reported.

Born in the Indian state of Assam in 1950, she migrated to Pakistan her with family in the late 1950s.

Her famous ghazal rendition was “Ae Jazba-e-Dil Ghar Main Chahoon”, written by Behzad Lucknavi, a renowned Urdu poet.

Some of her famous ghazals and songs are as follows, ‘Rang Barsaat Nay Bharay Kuchh Tou’, ‘Phir Sawan Ruth Ki Pawan Chali Tum Yaad Aye’, ‘Aye Ishq Hamay Barbaad Na Kar’, ‘Barkha Barsay Chhat Per’ and ‘Mein Teray Sapnay Deikhuun’.

Noor who leaves behind an enviable legacy and a treasure trove of mellifluous renditions, made her playback singing debut in Pakistani television serials and then seamlessly transitioned to films like Gharana and Tansen.

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.

“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,” Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif tweeted