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Badar uz Zaman

Badar uz Zaman
Badar uz Zaman
Background information
Born 1940 (age 74–75)
Origin Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Pakistani classical /Khyal singing
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1956–Present
Website .com.ustadbadaruzamanwww
Pride of Performance Award Recipient
Date 14 August 2005
Country Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Presented by Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Badar uz Zaman (born 1940, Lahore, Pakistan) is a classical musician of Pakistan.[1] He contributes to Pakistani Classical Music by promoting and re-interpreting compositions of the sub-continent's Muslim composers.[2] Zaman performs with his brother, Ustad Qamar-uz-Zaman, carrying forward the Pakistan's own "Kasur Gharana"[3] traditions of the art of Khayal music. Classical singers typically represent Indian Gharanas of Music.[4]

Early life and education

Zaman comes from a wealthy family of Lahore cloth merchants.[1] He was educated in Pakistan at the University of the Punjab Lahore (UPL), getting top position earning a Bachelor's in Music, and M.A. Political Science.


Zaman started his music career in 1956. He served the Punjab Council of the Arts as Deputy Director Drama and Resident Director Faisalabad, Sargodha and D.G Khan Arts Councils. As of 2012 Zaman was attached as Associate Professor to the Music Department, University of the Punjab Lahore.[5] He received music training from Ustad Faiz Ali (Gawaliyar), Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Khan (Dehli), Ustad Chhotay Ghulam Ali Khan (Qasur) and Ustad Bhai Naseera (Punjab). In film composition, he has been affiliated to the renowned Music Director Nisar Bazmi for 18 years. He has been in music for about 56 years,.[6] singing Khayal, Thumris, Dadra, and Ghazal. He also works on new music and a new album.

Zaman remains active as a music performer[7] , particularly in partnership with his brother, Ustad Qamar-uz-Zaman.[8][9] Described as the "more articulate of the two",[1] Badar uz Zaman expressed views on topics including India-Pakistan cultural exchange,[1] and the 2011 arrest of singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.[10][11][12]


Zaman has authored, translated, researched and edited several books on music,[13] such as:

  • Nawa-e-Mosiqi,
  • Taal Sagar,
  • Sada Rang,
  • Tohfa-tul-hind,
  • Muarif-ul-Naghmaat (Part 1, Part 2 and part 3)[14]
  • Sada-e-Mausiqui[15]

His books Nawa-e-Mosiqi, Taal Sagar and Sada Rang have been translated into Hindi, English and Gurmukhi[16] and are being taught in Indian universities.[17]


Zaman was awarded a number of honours / awards including:

  • Graduate Award 1974–75 & 1975–76,[18]
  • PTV Best Classical Singer Award 1982,[19]
  • Ahang-e-Khusravi, KH. Khurshid Anwer Award 1987,[20]
  • K.L.Saigol Award 1991,[21]
  • Aitaraf-e-Fun Award 1999.[22]
  • PBC National Excellence Award for Classical Singer 14 April 2001.[23]
  • Best Sufi Singer Award at Chandi Garh 2007.[24]
  • Sada-e-Sufi Award Ludhiana 2007.[25]
  • Presidential Award for Pride of Performance 14 August 2005[26][27]
  • Unique Award for Serving Punjabi Music 2013 (by Govt of Indian Punjab)[28]

Dabistan-e-Khusru Badar uz Zaman Music School

A unique award for ustad Badar uz Zaman is that the Pakistan's First ever Music Academy has been named after him. Describing him as 'Legendary Musician' of the country, the NGO Jadeed Foundation named their Music School after him as a living legend[29]

Zaman's contributions toward the preservation and promotion of classical music in Pakistan and sole entity representing Kasur Gharana are recognised all over Indo-Pak subcontinent.[30][31][32]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pak maestros call for cultural exchange policy",  
  2. ^ "Badar-uz-Zaman". Lahore Chitrkar. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Montanaro, Marina (21 May 2007). "Hard work and training is a must, City sways to Sufi music: Singers from Pakistan delight Ludhianvis". Express India (see Sufi News blog). Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Islam and Science (14 August 1948). "JOIN : Pakistani Music History". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "PU Music Department holds recital performance: 04/05/2012". 4 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "PAKISTANI CLASSIC SONGS: 13/12/2007". 13 December 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Islamabad, 8 Mar, (Radio Pakistan): (8 March 2012). "A special programme titled 'Lala-e-Sehra held at Radio Pakistan Lahore to pay tribute to the legendary folk Singer". Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Jan–May 2005 " All Pakistan Music Conference". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Usman, Ali. "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan arrested… – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Islamabad, 15 Feb, (PTI): (15 February 2011). "Some in Pak see Khan's detention due to his Bollywood success". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Young classical singers look for opportunities – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  13. ^ $000. "Music Books, Niva-E-Mosiqi, Rare Raags, Research And Learning Book on Indian Classical Music – Lahore | Pakistan Free Classified". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "MUSIC BOOKS, NIVA-E-MOSIQI,RARE RAAGS,RESEARCH AND LEARNING BOOK ON INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC – Lahore – Books – Magazines – post office lahore contact". 7 May 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Forms & philosophy of classical music -DAILY TIMES – National; July 16, 2013". Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Pak musician seeks longer visa for India". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ Twelfth Graduate Award, By Munir Ahmed, Daily Jang, December 17, 1974 , Thirteenth Graduate Award By Saleem Aijaz December 23, 1975
  19. ^ PTV Announces Awards by Sayed Mansoor Bukhari Nawa-i-Waqt November 20, 1982
  20. ^ A ceremoney to Remember Kh. Khurshid Anwar the Musician by, Haroon Rasheed Tabasum Akhbar-e-Jahan November 15–21, 1988
  21. ^ Music Discovers new methods of survival by Vijay Sharma The Times of India April 3, 1992
  22. ^ Badar and Qamar's art recognized by Akbar Saeed Bukhari Daily Express 15 August 1999
  23. ^ Knowing our Musicians by M Saeed Malik The Nation 6 October 2001
  24. ^ Words Comes Alive by Minna Zutshi Hindustan Times 21 May 2007
  25. ^ City Sways to sufi music by Express News serviceExpress India 23 May 2007
  26. ^ "President confers 192 civilian awards -DAWN – National; August 14, 2005". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "President confers 192 awards to Pakistani nationals, 15 foreigners". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Badar uz Zaman and Qamar uz Zaman Awarded with Official Award in India" by, Showbiz Reporter Duniya Daily May 30, 2013
  29. ^ Agha, Saira (24 May 2012). "Our first music academy 'Dabistan-e-Khusro Badar-uz-Zaman' comes to town! – The Daily Times". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  30. ^ "Friday Review Delhi / Music : The same old joy of bandishes". The Hindu. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  31. ^
  32. ^ "Music -an integral part of Punjab". 1 August 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 

External links

  • Ustad Badar uz Zaman blog
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