Nashad: Self-confidence – E.4

By Anis Shakur
Monday, 18 December 2017
ISLAMABAD: One brushes tears of deeper emotion from his eyes as one listens to the song ‘Kartay hain mohabbat sub he magar her dil ko sila kab milta hai.’ Singer, Ghulam Ali. The 1974 movie ‘Tum salamat raho.’

Some of Nashad’s songs exemplifies twentieth century Pakistani life. Example, ‘Mohabbat zndigi hai aur tum meri mohabbat ho.’ Solo, Mehdi Hasan- Noor Jehan, the film ‘Tum salamat raho.’

Reverting to Nashad’s innumerable achievements, we have a huge number of people who relate to his style of music. Below are two examples:

‘Apnay qadmoan mein rakh lijiye.’ Singer, Mehdi Hasan, the film ‘Tum salamat raho.’

‘Kiya na jaaye intizaar Aaja.’ Singer, Noor Jehan, the film ‘Tum salamat raho.’

With the passage of time, Nashad’s music played more forcefully and energetically. It is evident in these two songs, ‘Aaye ga, koi Aaye ga, dharkan, dharkan phool khilaye ga.’ Singer, Mala, the film ‘Tum salamat raho.’

‘Dil dharkay mera dil dharkay.’ Singer, Noor Jehan, the film ‘Tum salamat raho.’

Nashad was Nashad and there was no one like him in the Pakistani cinema. As such, Nashad put his stamp on numerous successful movies like director S. Sulaiman’s 1975 movie ‘Zeenat.’ Below are three songs:

‘Rafta rafta wo meri hasti ka saama ho gaye.’ Singer, Mehdi Hasan, the film ‘Zeenat.’

‘Meri guria ladli sab say pyari hai.’ Singer, Mehdi Hasan, the film ‘Zeenat.’

‘Mohay panghat pay annand lal cheir gayo ray.’ Singer, Mehdi Hasan, the film ‘Zeenat.’

Nashad’s later movies like ‘Zeenat’ holds interest, thanks to his fiercely committed and convincing music. Below are two more songs of the film ‘Zeenat.’

‘Bannu teray mehendi laganay koi Aaya.’ Singer, Noor Jehan, the film ‘Zeenat.’

‘Kisi ghar ka ye bhi chiragh tha.’ Singer, Ghulam Ali, the film ‘Zeenat.’

Perhaps, the secret of Nashad’s success lies in an indomitable commitment to honesty in work. His two songs below carries a profound and poignant message for music lovers:

‘Bannu kay ghar say mehendi laganay koi Aaya.’ Singer, Noor Jehan, Director Qamar Zaidi’s 1975 film ‘Paalki.’

‘Ye jhuki jhuki nigahein inhein mein salaam kar loon.’ Singer, Mehdi Hasan, the film ‘Paalki.’

Nashad’s music is dramatic, uplifting and, at times, sentimental. His reputation among the listeners is so solid that the music and the musician became one. Below are two songs:

‘Kisi ka saath mil jaaye.’ Singer, Ahmed Rushdi. Director Laeeq Akhtar’s 1973 film ‘Farz.’

‘Jaan-e- bahaar Aaya, dil ko qaraar Aaya.’ Singer, Mala, the film ‘Farz.’

Indeed, the world would be a lesser place without Nashad’s magnificent music. His music in director Zafar Shabab’s 1975 movie, ‘Shikwa’ was exemplary for its elegance. Here is an example, ‘Daman say lipat kar deewana.’ Singer, Mehdi Hasan, the film ‘Shikwa.’

How in an industry abounding in gifted composers, does Nashad stand in ‘a category unto himself.’ Well, ‘He was a music machine.’ That is what he was born to be. Below are three examples:

‘Barsaat ka mausum hai.’ Director Zafar Shabab’s 1976 movie ‘Waqt.’

‘Mujh ko manzil bhi tum bana o gey.’ Singer, Naheed Akhtar, the film ‘Waqt.’

‘Ye loag baray hum logoan pay hanstay he rahay hain.’ Singer, Mehdi Hasan, the film ‘Waqt.’

Nashad won the Nigar Award for best composer in the film ‘Maikhana.’ In 1964.

Nashad won the Nigar Award for best composer in the film ‘Saalgira’ in 1969.

Nashad left us for the eternal journey on January 14, 1981, in Pakistan at 58 years of age. The news of his death stupefied his innumerable admirers the world over.

Nashad’s son, Wajid Ali Nashad, was also a music composer. Nashad’s another son, Imran Ali Nashad, made his mark as a singer. Hence, Nashad’s sons have kept their father’s name alive.

Though Nashad is no longer with us. But to the pleasure of listeners all over the world, his music lives. (The End)