Remembering her brilliance
Suraiya Multanikar was a lilting voice of the 1960s. The
memorable ghazals recorded in her mellifluous voice remind us of
the spirit of renewal and adventure that is the core of our
Her unique voice is a translation of music through the soul.
Her adorers are still stunned by the enormous influence of her
voice that she unleashed on them.
In reality, they have an even greater appreciation for the
gracious lady behind the music.
In her earlier days, she was hard at work, trying to secure her
slice of the music dream.
Suraiya was perfectly poised for her greatest accomplishment,
which brought her laurels from literally everywhere.
'Baray bay murawwat hain ye husn walay, kaheen dil laga nay ki
koshish na karna'
Her voice itself an instrument: 'Theher jao Aankhon mein thora sa
dum hai, tumhain deikh loon warna hasrat rahay gee'.
Note how effortlessly she uttered those high and low notes: 'Meray
dil kay zakhmoan ko neend Aa gaye hai, inhain tum jaga nay ki
koshish na karna'.
The fiber of her voice retained resolutions in all scales.
Given here below is a well-remembered ghazal, which endured through
all those years: 'Tum bhi khafa ho loag bhi barham'.
Suraiya goes down in the annals of Pakistani music as the only
ghazal singer few could imitate.
In the richer realm of ghazals, this one stands out: 'Bhoolay say
bhi keh do'.
There are a myriad of other examples of her superfluous performances
like the following ghazal: 'Achchi surat pay ghazab toot kay'.
She brightened so many lives through her talents.
Think of this well-remembered number: 'Lungh Aaja patan chanha da'.
Suraiya, as impressionable as ever, and her admirers feel proud, and
rightly so: 'Moray angna mein'.
Lately, music buffs have shown a renewed interest in her ghazals.
What has sparked the Suraiya revival?
Perhaps her ghazals captured the essence of what life in Pakistan
really is about.
It isn't the bigger, the better that matters it is the will power
and smarts never to give up.
She stole the hearts of her fans with 'Meray qabu mein'.
Suraiya is well known
for her alacrity while at the same time still regarding the basics
of music. The following ghazal magnified her popularity among the
masses: 'Baazicha-e- atfaal hai'. Her ingenuity is evident, perhaps
nowhere more so than in the following ghazal: 'Najaria kahay milaye