Zubaida Khanum: Blessing to Pakistan (E.5/6)

By Anis Shakur
Wednesday – August 14, 2019
NEW YORK (United States): Khanum continued to enthrall and entice the public with tragic number like ‘Baad-e-saba,’ ye baad-e-saba,’ ik dard bhara paigham liye ja, jin kay liye barbaad hui mein, un tak mera salaam liye ja,’ the 1957 film ‘Ishq-e-laila,’, music composer Safdar Husain, lyricist, Qateel Shifai, pictured on Sabiha Khanum.

The tragic tunes retain their enchanting freshness to this day as is evident in ‘ya Rab teray banday jaayein kahan,’ the 1957 film ‘Noor-e-Islam,’ music composer, Hasan Lateef, poet, Tanveer Naqui, Khanum was not just an artist she was an event.

The power of her singing voice strengthened our music industry. That is how bold change happens. As is evident in the romantic number ‘Dil kisi ko dijiye, dil kisi say lijiye, duniya jo chahay kahay koi, gham na kijiye,’ the 1957 film ‘Noor-e-Islam,’ Khanum never gave up and her persistence paid off in the tragic musical score, ‘Zalim yahan Aabaad hain, muzloom hain barbaad, pholoan pay to pehray hain, magar khaar hain Aazaad,’ the 1957 film ‘Noor-e-Islam.’

Khanum’s utmost devotion to her singing profession and the community she served was what made her ready for more challenges as is evident in these two renditions, ‘Hai dil gaya, mera dil gaya, meray sabr ka,’ the 1957 film ‘Noor-e-Islam,’ and ‘meri nigahoan nay choomaan teri nigahoan ko, koi deikh na saka in haseen nigahoan ko,’ the film ‘Noor-e-Islam.

It takes a certain selflessness that must be cultivated, a certain devotion to something bigger than one does. That said this tragic rendition speaks for itself, ‘Teray jahan mein hamay kiya mila,’ the 1960 film ‘Rah guzar,’ music composer, Musleh Uddin, Poet, Tanveer Naqui.

What is more, Khanum was the hub of the music. The song ‘Dil hai bay sahara, Aaja o meray mahiya,’ the 1960 film ‘Rah guzar,’ music composer, Musleh Uddin, poet, Tanveer Naqui. A testament to all the hard work Khanum put in.

The Na’at ‘Sallu alaihay Wa’a layhe,’ brought victory and personal recognition to Khanum. She was just so thankful, so indebted and so appreciative that millions of people showered praise to Khanum’s rendition.

In the past sixty years, this Na’at has become the part of mehfil-e-milaad. “Jo na hota tera jamal he, to jahan tha khawab o khayal he, Sallu alaihay Wa’a layhe,’ the 1960 semi historical film ‘Ayaz,’ music composer, Khursheed Anwar, ‘poet, Tanveer Naqui, singers Zubaida Khanum, Naheed Niazi.

To listen to ‘Aik din dil,’ in Khanum’s lilting voice is to realize that music instilled in her to get out there and make a difference. ‘Aik din dil do gey tum kaheen na kaheen, to hum ko he day do, hum buray to naheen,’ the 1961 film ‘Ajab Khan,’ music composer, G.A. Chishti, lyricist, Tufail Hoshiar Puri, In the treasure trove of songs, khanum’s praise to the lord stands out, ‘Aye baaz niyaaz Maula, mujhay tujh par naaz hai, ab to deikha karishma,’ the 1961 film ‘Insaan badalta hai,’ musice composer, Zafar Khursheed, poet, Fayyaz Hashmi For Khanum success would become an almost everyday occurrence as it happened in ‘kaheen dil ki umang, urun baadloan kay sung, jab say pyar mila,’ the 1962 film ‘Shaheed,’ music composer, Rasheed Attre, poet, Tufail Hoshiar puri, pictured on Husna. (To be continued...)

Info: Eminent storyteller, Anis Shakur, is a Pakistani born United States (US) citizen. He works for the US federal and State government. He resides at a stone-throw distance from the darting shores of the Atlantic ocean in New York, for the past three decades.