Nisar Bazmi: The Notable Media Artist of Sindh

Nisar Bazmi was a notable composer and music director of Indian and Pakistan film industry. Nisar Bazmi believed to be one of the most popular musicians of South Asia. He also launched new singers such as Alamgir. The duo of composers Laxmikant-Pyarelal were his assistants in India before the independence of Pakistan in the year of 1947. Although, he is primarily remembered for his compositions in the voice of playback singer Ahmed Rushdi.

Early life and career of Nisar Bazmi

Syed Nisar Ahmed, was the son of Syyed Qudrat Ali. He was born in the year of 1924 in Jalgaon in Khandesh area of Maharashtra state, India. He didn’t belong to an artistic family. Hence he possessed no prior musical background. Prominent Indian musician of Bombay, Khan Saheb Aman Ali Khan was convinced by Nisar Bazmi’s musical interest and taught him music. Equipped with artistic know-how, young Nisar Bazmi, who was only 13 at the time, quickly mastered the various ragas, the musical instruments. In 1939, the “All India Radio” hired him as an artist. In the year of 1944, he composed few songs for a drama, “Nadir Shah Durrani”, which was broadcast from the Bombay Radio Station.

Bazmi composed music for film “Jamana Paar”, which was issued in the year of 1946. At this time he also changed his name to Nisar Bazmi. He composed the music for 40 films. 28 films were released during his stay in India. The rest of the movies were released in India after he immigrated to Pakistan. His first song in Pakistan was “Mohabbat mei tere” (singers, Ahmed Rushdi, Noor Jahan) for the 1964 film “Aisa bhi hota hai”. He also composed many songs for Runa Laila, Ahmed Rushdi, Mehdi Hassan, Faisal Nadeem, Khursheed Nurali (Sheerazi), and Saleem Shahzaad. He had trained many of the modern composers. His closest student/assistant was Badar uz Zaman, the popular classical singer and composer, who remained associated with him for 18 years. Nisar Bazmi received many Nigar Awards for his achievements. Nisar Bazmi passed away on the day of 22 March 2007 in Karachi city.



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