Legendary singer Nayyara Noor passes away at the age of 71

 She sang hundreds of songs in decades long career and was known as 'melody queen'  

Legendary singer Nayyara Noor passed away on Sunday at the age of 71.  Noor was conferred with multiple national honours. She was initially conferred with the title of Bulbul-e-Pakistan alongside the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2006. Noor was also honoured with the Nigar Award in 1973.

Born on November 3, 1950, in Guwahati, Assam, northeastern India, Noor spent her early childhood on the other side of the border. The late singer's first brush with melody was said to have been inspired by the bhajans of Kanan Devi and Kamla as well as the ghazals and thumris of Begum Akhtar. Despite having a successful career and being touted as Queen of Melody, Noor never had any formal training.

Some of her famous ghazals and songs comprise Woh Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein Qarar Tha Tumhein Yaad Ho Keh Na Yaad Ho, 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, Mein Teray Sapnay Deikhuun, Kabhi Hum Bhi Khoobssorat Thay, Jalay Tau Jalao Gori and her most famous, Watan Ki Mitti Gawah Rehna.

She also sang popular film songs. Her famous songs such as Ik Ajnabi Chehray, Mera Pyar Tum Hee Ho, Mausum Tau Deewana Hai, Tera Pyar Bun Kay Aaye, Zara Meri Nabz Dekh Kar, Kuchh Log Mohabbat Ka Sila and Anjanay Naga.

                                                            Rukhsana Manzoor Deputy Editor

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