Nisar Bazmi: Composer of the heart
By Anis Shakur
He was born in 1924 in Khandesh, Naseerabad, Bombay, India, to a religious and God-fearing family.
He did not belonged to an artistic family. Hence he possessed no prior musical background.
Pride of Pakistan, Syed Nisar Ahmed, is the son of Syed Qudrat Ali.
The extraordinary talents of the young prodigy never ringed as true as they did in 1937.
Noted Indian musician of Bombay, Khan Saheb Aman Ali Khan, convinced of Nisar's musical interest, taught
Equipped with artistic know-how, young Nisar, who was just 13 at the time, quickly mastered the various
ragas, the musical instruments and took all music lessons to heart.
The tremendous aptitude of this youth were there, just waiting to be used.
In 1939, the "All India Radio" hired him as an artist, which later proved to be a steppingstone for his
The magic moment came in the year 1944.
He composed some songs for a drama, "Nadir Shah Durrani", which was broadcast from the Bombay Radio Station.
All the songs of afore mentioned drama were super hits.
A new Indian film producer at that time was moved by Nisar's composition.
Hence the afore mentioned producer asked Nisar to compose the songs for his film "Jamana
Paar", which was released in 1946.
Nisar accepted the offer and changed his name to Nisar Bazmi. He dived into his new task with zeal.
Thus a legend was born, whose fabulous music were soon to be heard across the Subcontinent.
Nisar soon achieved maturity and professional recognition.
Before partition, he composed the music for forty films.
Twenty eight films were released during his stay in India. The rest of the movies were released in India
after he immigrated to Pakistan.
Mentioned here below are the five films, whose songs were composed by Nisar during his stay in India. These
films were released before partition:
"Jamana Paar", "Jabe Katra", "Dagha baaz dost", "Extra girl", "Khauf naak Aankhein".
Nisar migrated to Pakistan on June 21, 1962.
Once permanently settled in Pakistan, he resumed his music career by simultaneously composing songs for
Director Nazeer Sufi's film "Head constable" (released on September 25, 1964) and director Fazal Ahmed Karim
Fazli's movie "Aisa bhi hota hai" (released on February 5, 1965).
With that commenced a resplendent career in which he kept up his initial promise.
Altogether, he brilliantly composed songs for seventy movies during his illustrious movie career.
Nisar is a devout Muslim with a deep- rooted eastern culture. He is a true patriot.
He really is an amazingly humble person.
Furthermore, Nisar is also an accomplished poet. His poetic collection were to be brought to the limelight
by his admirer, Shamim Bazil (against his wishes)
Director Raza Mir's movie "Lakhoan mein aik's" mega hit songs extols the virtues of Nisar's top rated
"Chalo accha hua tum bhool gaye." : Noor Jehan.
"Halaat badal naheen saktay": Noor Jehan.
"Sunn saajna dukhi mun ki pukar": Noor Jehan.
"Mun mundir kay dyota".
"Pyar na ho jab dil mein,jeena hai udhura".
Nisar had literally built a phenomenal career on being cordial. He had fulfilled himself artistically and
His superfluous composition in director S.Sulaiman's film "Aag" brought him to the fore- front of the Pakistani
"Yoon zindigi ki raha mein": Mehdi Hasan.
"Mausum haseen hai laykin" Ahmed Rushdi-Mala.
"Beetay dino ki yaadoan ko": Noor Jehan.
Pakistan film industry's visionary musician, Nisar Bazmi, received laurels from his country -men. They are
part of his life's journey.
Spinning magic with sound, he won the hearts of music lovers.
Listeners dare not break the spell that maestro Nisar had woven through his masterpieces in the film "Anjuman",
directed by Hasan Tariq:
"Aap dil ki Anjuman mein": Runa Laila.
"Dil dharkay mein tum say": Runa Laila.
"Izhar bhi mushkil hai": Noor Jehan.
"Bhabi meri bhabi" Ahmed Rushdi.
"Lag rahi hai mujhay" Ahmed Rushdi.
"Yaadash bakhair": Ahmed Rushdi.
As for the relationship between the listeners and Nisar, there had been an immediate bonding
Nisar's music in director Fareed Ahmed's film "Andaleeb", became the real flame driving his passionate listeners
to exalt his prowess:
"Meray dil ki mehfil": Noor Jehan-Ahmed Rushdi.
"Kuchh loag root kar bhi": Noor Jehan-Ahmed Rushdi.
"Pyar kar kay hum":Noor Jehan.
"Geysoowoan kay Aanchal mein": Ahmed Rushdi.
"Teray jhootay wadoan pay": Runa Laila.
Director Pervez Malik's film "Anmol" is another instance, where composer Nisar again weaved a spell through
"Pyar insaan ko insaan bana dayta hai": Mehdi Hasan.
"Mujhay naachh nay do,keh shayad ye ghungru": Runa Laila.
"Mila kaisa anari sajna": Runa Laila.
To talk of Nisar is to think of music in a whole new light.
He added visionary revolution to the music for the willing listeners.
Director Pervez Malik's "Talaash":
"Dekha jo mera jalwa": Naheed Akhtar.
"Pyar ki Aag, nigahoan mein chupaye rakhna": Naheed Akhtar.
Music buffs continue to enjoy his music until it become second nature to them.
Director Ali Sufyan Aafaqi's film "Aas":
"Boal ri gurya boal zara": Nayyara Noor.
"Meri marzi mein gaoon gi" : Runa Laila.
"Humnay deikhay is duniya mein": Noor Jehan.
Nisar had a magnetic personality.
His highly refined appearance, with a broad smile became one of his great personal strength.
He continued to mesmerize his fans through his compositions:
Director Pervez Malik's film "pehchaan": "Allah he Allah kya karo": Naheed Akhtar.
"Mera pyar teray jiwan kay sung rahay ga": Mehnaz-Mehdi Hasan.
Pakistani audiences were entranced through his compositions for director Hasan Tariq's film "Tehzeeb":
"Laga hai misar ka bazaar deikho": Mehdi Hasan.
"Aja hum kyon rahein akele": Runa Laila.
"Tu nay kya shay mujhay pila thee hai": Runa Laila.
The glowing story of Nisar's music career was full of surprises.
The Pakistani cine-goers, who have an ear for music and a strong memory of Nisar remember the film "Wagt
ki pukar"(Director: Fazal Ahmed Karim Fazli):
"Jaan-e-mun Aaj tu jo paas nahi hai": Mehdi Hasan.
"Millat kay jawano ko ye paigham suna do": Noor Jehan.
"Tum ho haseen,iqraar karo": Ahmed Rushdi.
Director Raza Mir's "Naag muni" was a great movie in its day, whose songs were composed by Nisar.
"Tun to pay waroon": Noor Jehan.
"Aaj bhi suraj doob gaya".
"Saajna ray naina barsay, jeeya tarsay".
"Mun mein uthi nai tarang": Noor Jehan.
"Mera imaan mohabbat hai": Mehdi Hasan.
"Ik albeli see naar" :Ahmed Rushdi.
"Mein teri yaad ko kaisay dil say bhula doon.
His lilting music in the film "Jaisay jaantay nahi" is memorable:
"Aisay bhi hain meherbaan": Ahmed Rushdi.
Nisar, with a life of dedication, composed songs for director Laeeq Akhtar's movie: "Naureen".
"Haye mera izhar-e-mohabbat".
"Kitni baar melay hain": Ahmed Rushdi.
His music appeals to the masses and it is a treasure in real life. He composed every new song with a renewed
Director S.Sulaiman's film "Mohabbat":
"Ranjish he sahi": Mehdi Hasan.
"ye mehfil jo Aaj saji hai":Tahira Syed.
"Agar koi puchay baharoan ka mutlab":Ahmed Rushdi-Runa Laila.
Nisar lend his music for the film "Saiqa"(producer: Shamim Ara, director: Laeeq Akhtar):
"Ik sitam aur meri jaan": Mehdi Hasan.
Unforgettable songs like "Aye baharo gawah rehna": Ahmed Rushdi-Mala.
"Teray tasawwar mein jo baat hai"
"Jo hum guzaartay hain wo zindigi to nahi" are still popular today.
Highly revered Nisar confronted every new challenge and enjoyed the exhilaration of victory later.
His superb composition made all the difference in director Shaiwan Rizvi's film "Meri zindigi hai naghma".
"Ik husn ki devi say mujhay pyar hua tha": Mehdi Hasan.
His music was both convincing and charming in director Iqbal Kaashmiri's film "Hum aik hain":
"Chore meray yaar, koi aur baat kar"
Let us have a glance at his Nigar awards:
Nisar Bazmi won the Nigar award for best composer for the film "Saiqa" in 1968.
Nisar Bazmi won the Nigar award for best composer for the film "Anjuman" in 1970.
Nisar Bazmi won the Nigar award for best composer for the film "Meri zindigi hai naghma" in 1972.
Nisar Bazmi won the Nigar award for best composer for the film "Khaak aur khoon" in 1979.
Nisar Bazmi won the Nigar award for best composer for the film "Hum aik hain" in 1986.
One of the most astonishing feat of Nisar Bazmi's life is that in his twilight years, he dedicated
himself to memorize the Holy Quran.
All these years later, we now know that he was vehemently desirous to be a Hafiz-e- Quran.
Composers with exceptional qualities like Nisar Bazmi are as scarce as hen's teeth.
As for his music prowess, it cannot be measured with a yardstick.
This sums up the passionate positive feelings innumerable people have
for both the music and the man.