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Story of Nisar Bazmi on his 90th death anniversary

LAHORE- Nisar Bazmi is a gem in music industry and does not need any introduction. He transformed the Pakistan’s film industry through his music. Here is his life story,

Born in 1925 at Jalgaon, near Mumbai, this gem migrated to Pakistan in 1962 and became an integral part of Pakistan film industry.

His entry into the world of music was not accidental. His family’s penury threw him into the rough and tumble of working life at an early age. When he was 11, he joined Yasin Khan, a noted Qawwal in Mumbai, as `humnawa’ (companion).

During Yasin’s tutelage, Nisar Bazmi developed a passion for music and an ambition to become a vocalist. In the late 1930s, he became a student of Ustad Amanullah Khan, staying with him for four years.

The All India Radio offered him an opening as a staff artist. This was an ideal springboard for honing his skills.

This was the golden age of Indian theatre and musicians were in great demand. Dinkar Rao, a composer, asked Mr Bazmi to score a play about Nadir Shah Durrani. This he did with aplomb. The songs were sung by Rafiq Ghaznavi and Amir Bai Karnatki.

Nisar Bazmi had arrived. Recognition brought with it money. He started earning 50 rupees a month – a respectable salary in those days. From then on there was no stopping.

In 1962 he visited his relatives in Pakistan and here he was offered to compose a music for Pakistani films. Bazmi accepted the offer and decided to settle in Pakistan.

Nisar Bazmi was a thorough professional and a man of rare imagination. He used to study the storyline and the setting of a film before composing the music for a song.

He never shrank from experimentation. A good example of this was the music for Naheed Akhtar’s Allah hi Allah kiya karo in the film, Pahchaan. The music was inspired by a Kashmiri folk song.

The government conferred on him the Pride of Performance award. He also won the Nigar award seven times.