One of Pakistan’s greatest singers,Nayyara Noor, has died after a brief illness in Karachi at the age of 71. The renowned singer’s family confirmed her death early Sunday.
Nayyara Noor was born in November 1950 in Guwahati, Assam in India, where she spent her early childhood before her family relocated to Karachi, the capital of newly created Pakistan, a few years later. She was also knows as “Bulbul ae Pakistan” and “Nightingale of Pakistan” .
In four decades of wonderful career, Noor won plenty of accolades – including the Nigar Award in 1973 for best playback singer for the film Gharana. She was also given the Pride of Performance award by the government in 2006 for her contributions to the arts.
In a statement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his grief and said Noor’s death would cause “irreparable damage” to the music world.
“Be it a ghazal or a song, whatever Nayyara Noor sang she sang it with perfection. The void created by Nayyara Noor’s death will never be filled,” Sharif tweeted.