In my collection of gramophone records there are a few LP records of Pakistani singers and music directors including Mehdi Hassan, Noor Jahan, M. Ashraf(Music Director), Masud Rana,Runa Laila, Nahid Akthar and so on. While legends like Mehdi Hassan, Noor Jahan, Ghulam Ali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Runa Laila are very popular in India and several of their LP Albums were released throughout the country singers like Nahid Akthar remained fairly unknown for the music lovers of the country.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARYFXzZhEB8
But the most popular film song of Nahid Akthar is the fast, foot tapping number from film Muhabat Zindagi Hai, viz., ‘Tut toro toroo tara tara’, her voice adapting to the need of the song with a lot of huskiness in the Asha Bhosle style.The song became so popular that Nahid Akthar came to be identified with the song. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v0g2DUpJ48)This song and several other similar fast, husky disco songs are included in the LP Album REFRESHINGLY NAHID AKTHAR. Apart from a few songs composed by M. Ashraf songs tuned by music director Nizar Basmi are also there. Nahid Akthar’s versatality and range is amply evident in the album NAHID SINGS PUNJABI HOT HITS . The album contains eleven Punjabi folk songs. The song ‘Munda mere pind da’(Music: Nazir Ali)stands out among them.
To the veteran music director M. Ashraf also goes the credit of introducing several singers like Shaukat Ali, Masud Rana, Nayyara Noor, Anwar Rafi and so on in Pakistani film music.I have in my collection a few LP Albums of films for which music was composed by M. Ashraf. One is film DAMAN AUR CHINGARI containing nine songs by Noor Jahan, Masud Rana,Ahmed Rushdi and the great Mehdi Hassan.The two film LP Album of films DO BADEN (Music:M.Ashraf) and SABAQ Music:Nizar Basmi) has twelve songs of the great singers like Mehdi Hasssan, Noor Jahan, Runa Laila, and so on. Hearing Mehdi Hassan singing film songs is a refreshing experirnce.In the LP album of films PARDE MEIN RAHNE DO and AAS under the same composers we have again singers Noor Jahan , Runa laila,Nayyara Noor, Ahmed Rushdie and so on.There is also an exclusive LP album of Masud Rana containing his songs from various films.
It is unfortunate that singers like Nahid Akthar could not rise in popularity in India unlike a Noor Jahan , Runa Laila, Ghulam Ali and so on. With the lifting of the ban on import into Pakistan of Indian films in 2005 and the conscious liberal policy of cultural exchanges ( Business as usual policy as somebody remarked)there has been a flood of Pakistani singers and artists into India with some of them like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Adnan Sami ,Shafquat Amanat Ali,Veeena malik and so on earning fame and fortune.Obviously singers like Nahid Akthar were the victims of the policies of the period.