Nightingale of Pakistan singer Nayyara Noor dies aged 71 | News Arts and Culture

Noor has become one of Pakistan’s most iconic singers, known for her interpretations of the work of revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

One of Pakistan’s greatest singers, Nayyara Noor, has died following a brief illness in Karachi. She was 71 years old.

The famous singer’s family confirmed her death on Sunday morning.

Often known as “Bulbul-e-Pakistan” (Nightingale of Pakistan), Nayyara Noor was born in November 1950 in Guwahati, Assam, India, where she spent her early childhood before her family moved to Karachi, the capital of the 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 1960s she had made her debut on state television.

In a versatile career full of iconic songs, she will forever be remembered for her renditions of the work of famed Pakistani revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz – music released in a 1976 compilation titled Nayyara Sings Faiz.

She has also sung some of Pakistan’s most memorable patriotic songs, including Sohni Dharti, as well as countless songs for Pakistani films.

Over a career spanning four decades, Noor won numerous accolades, including the 1973 Nigar Award for Best Playback Singer for the film Gharana.

She also received the government’s Pride of Performance award in 2006 for her contribution to the arts.

Noor, who was not a trained singer, said in an interview that it was not her intention to become a singer professionally, and it was simply a fluke that she performed at her college, where a teacher encouraged her to pursue a career.

She finally retired from singing in 2012 and spent the rest of her life as a housewife. She was married to actor Shehryar Zaidi and was the mother of Naad-e-Ali Zaidi and Jaffer Zaidi, both talented musicians and singers in their own right.

News of his death sent an outpouring of grief among his fans, who shared their memories and snippets of his iconic songs.

In a statement, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his grief and said Noor’s death would cause “irreparable damage” to the music world.

“Whether it’s a ghazal or a song, whatever Nayyara Noor sings, she sings it perfectly. The void created by the death of Nayyara Noor will never be filled,” Sharif tweeted.

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