Naheed Niazi: Music to your heart
By Anis Shakur
Naheed Niazi and her younger sister, Najma Niazi, are the daughters of Sarwar Niazi, the former
director of Radio Pakistan, Karachi.
Let us glance at Naheed Niazi's true-life accomplishments, which is an instance of human excellence and
It goes without saying that she was the most gorgeous female singer of Pakistani music in the 1960s.
Naheed Niazi was fair-haired, extremely attractive, and profoundly intelligent and arguably the best singer
in the golden era of popular Pakistani film music.
Her father wanted to see her soar.
In addition to being highly educated, impressive, charming and driven, she possessed the extraordinary gift
of a magnificent voice.
Her immense appeal and her absolute belief to forget the past and move on to her next stage took her to
the forefront of the rising Pakistani music scene in 1958.
Smitten by music at an early age, Naheed recorded this song: "Jaag taqdeer ko jaga loon gee". (Recorded
in 1958 for the super hit film "Aadmi", composer: Muslehuddin)
The afore-mentioned song took her to the mainstream music arena and even more so in entertainment. Along
with the song, she came out number one.
As brilliant as brilliant can be, Naheed captured the high spirit of one of Pakistan's best-loved song,
which is "Ik baar phir kaho".
Naheed's incomparable voice is the melody of a grateful heart.
The song which made her time-honored symbol of success was "Raat saloni Aaye"(Duet: Naheed Niazi-Ahmed Rushdi,
Muslehuddin, the film "Zamana kya kahay ga,"
The film "Zamana kya kahay ga" made her absolutely, unequivocally, as successful as a singer could be in
the then Pakistani music scene.
Pakistan film industry is rich with tales of legendary artists who risked all to chase their dreams. Their
vision and perseverance have won them success.
Naheed is, indeed, one of them.
She is a glorious woman with the smarts to succeed and she never made mistakes winners don't make.
"Raat saloni Aaye" is a song, which is celebrated all over the country even today.
Naheed worked real hard from day one. She knew that she couldn't ride easy street and expect to reach the
In fact, there was something in her face that transcends the ordinary.
After listening to "Raat saloni" music buffs had drawn the conclusion that the wistful magic of Naheed has
a capacity and depth almost to mesmerize listeners.
When the film "Daal mein kala" arrived in the theatres, cine-goers rushed to watch the movie because
of the following song: "Samajh na Aaye dilko kahan lay jaa oon sanam". (Composer: Muslehuddin).
Naheed was really tuned into the rhythm of this particular genre-sad solo-"Dil ko kahan".
The transporting power of love and anguish were successfully captured by Naheed in the film "Daal mein kala".
As a result of her focused concentration, Naheed rapidly climbed the rungs of the ladder and became indispensable
to Pakistani movie directors.
Additionally, she provided countless hours of pleasure to millions of her loyal fans and occupied an indelible
place in their hearts, as well.
Naheed who achieved legendary stature as a singer, teamed up with Ahmed Rushdi to record the following duet:
"Raat ho gaye jawan" for the film "Dil nay tujhay maan liya".
The following song was recorded in the voice of Naheed in the feel-good composition: "Husn bhi mauj mein
hai" for the film "Mujhay jeenay do".
In her brief singing career, Naheed recorded quite a few songs.
Along the way she left the treasure of a lifetime.
Naheed achieved fame beyond her wildest dreams when the following song was first broadcast through Radio
Pakistan: "Chum, chum, chum, milay hain sanam, lut gaye hum, Allah qasam".
Her interest was to create entertainment. And she was victorious.
With "chum, chum," Naheed showed a watchful intelligence and drew plaudits all around.
With the following songs, Naheed struck a chord in music lovers that still resonates in their ears:
"Chali ray, chali ray, chali ray," pictured on Musarrat Nazeer.
"Sayyan jee ko dhoond nay chali jogun bun kay", pictured on Neelo.
"Mohay piya Milan ko janay day", pictured on Musarrat Nazeer.
"Kaisa safar hai kahiye, yoon he qareeb rahiye"(duet: Naheed Niazi-Ahmed Rushdi, pictured on Shamim Ara-Kamal).
Naheed owes much of her optimism, tenacity and admirable thought to her father and the musician, Muslehuddin.
She was always ambitious and motivated.
The love and admiration which her fans lavished on her is astounding.
The following songs glorifies her tale of warmth and gratitude:
"Tujh ko maloom naheen.'
"Na koi sayyan mera, na koi piya ray".
"Aa tujh ko suna oon lori, halaat say chori chori".
The following songs have left us a legacy of cool serenity, of calm, of quiet little moments:
"Zamana pyar ka itna he kum hai, ye na jana tha".
"Piya, piya, na cook papiha".
The past has its allure, so is her memory.
Given here below is a song about which it can be stated that its message is universal, its lyrics transcend
all earthly barriers, and its music touches the skies:
"Raqs mein hai sara jahan".
What is unique about the songs of Naheed is that the sweetness is so profound.
Music director, Muslehuddin, who had composed most of the songs for Naheed , became enamored of her.
There's were a relationship marked by concord.
Moreover, Muslehuddin often met up with her in the decade of the sixties.
Subsequently they slipped away for a while to tie the knot.
Soon after marriage they migrated to UK, which was a tremendous setback for Pakistani cinema.
Years passed and the Pakistani public lost touch of them.
However, in the late 1990s, both Naheed and her husband-cum-composer, Muslehuddin, paid a visit to Pakistan.
Lahore television's Rehana Siddiqi, interviewed them.
The sweet smile that had opened so many doors to success for Naheed in the past, persists to this day.
From the glint in her eyes, it seemed that she is still in her element.
Happily, though, Naheed the singer hasn't lost her touch-and Naheed the woman hasn't lost her
Many Pakistanis still remember Naheed - Muslehuddin, when both of them regularly made their appearance for
the music program for children in the late 1960s.
Naheed's daughter, Nermin, received the best upbringing, education and etiquettes from her parents.
Like her mother, Nermin took keen interest in music.
Naheed Niazi and Nermin sang a duet, 'Rim jhim rim jhim paray phuar, tera mera nitka pyar,' composer, Khursheed
And the audience of hundreds detonated into applause for Nermin Niazi, when she sung the song at a music
concert in the late 1980s. In fact, Nermin filled in for her aunt, Najma Niazi in that duet.
Further, Nermin also sang semi-classical ghazals in Moslehuddin's or Feisal's compositions.
Nowadays, Nermin lives in UK. While her brother, Feisal, resides in California.
Though Naheed Niazi retired from the Pakistani music in style, it seems as if the
echo of her mellifluous voice still resonates through the very air of the recording studios of four decades past.