Ghulam Haider

Ghulam Haider

Ghulam Haider

Ghulam Haider, who was famous as Master Ghulam Haider was a renowned Pakistani film composer of Indo Pak. He introduced many famous singers to the film industry, including Shamshad Begum, Zeenat Begum, Madam Noor Jahan, and Lata Mangeshkar. He started his career as a musician, But due to his God-given talents and research on classical singing, he equally known in Pakistan and India as a music scholar. This article has all the information about Ghulam, including Ghulam Haider Biography and Ghulam Haider Songs.

Name:Ghulam Haider
Also known as :Master Ghulam Haidar
In Urdu :غلام حيدر
Famous As:Music composer
Education:College of dentistry and completed his education as dentist
Profession:Music composer
Years Active:1932-1953
Genres:Film music composer
Spouse:Umra-o-Zia Begum (m. 1935–1953)
Children:3 Sons and 6 daughters
Parents:Ustad Sadiq Ali Mando Khan
Date:9th November 1953
Rest Place:Lahore

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Ghulam Haider Biography

  • He combined the famous Ragas with rhythm and verve of Punjabi melody and assisted in raising the status of music directors. He holds the credit of introducing today’s big-name of music industry Lata Mangeshkar to the music world. On her 84th birthday, Lata regarded him as her Godfather. Besides Lata, this music guru gave Melody Queen Noor Jehan a chance in ‘Kundan’ movie, and she was just ten at that time. 
  • Credit for the musical career of renowned Indian singers Sudha Malhotra, Puspha Hansraj, and Surinder Kaur also goes to Haider. He earned prestigious laurels Tamgha E Imtiaz and Pride of Performance on his contributions to the music industry.  

Haider date of Birth

Master Ghulam Haider was born in 1906 in Hyderabad, Sindh.

Education of Haider

He started studying dentistry after completing his schooling. During this time, he became interested in music and started learning music from Babu Ganesh Lal. After completing his education as a dentist, he worked as a dentist for two years. Then he felt that his future in the field of music would be more secure. After that, he started working as a harmonium pro at the Alexander Theater Company in Calcutta.

Ghulam Haider Family

He belonged to an artist family. His father, Ustad Sadiq Ali Mando Khan, was a highly acclaimed Clarinet player and has been awarded the Medal of Excellence by the Government of Pakistan. Haider was father to three sons and six daughters.

Collaboration and Marriage With Umra O Zia

He gave compositions for ghazals and songs created by renowned singer Umra O Zia Begum. In 1932 he became part of Playart Photophone, and A.R Kardar provided him a chance to compose his film’s music. In this film, ‘Swarag Ke Serhi’ Beghum Umra O Zia played a lead role. Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj directed this film and released by National Modi Lhr. The film failed in the box office, and Ali soon tied the knot with Umra O Zia Begum, who left showbiz after marriage and remained a source of inspiration and motivation for her husband.

Showbiz Career

Initial Career

From the beginning, he was very interested in playing the harmonium. Due to this interest, he became associated with a theater in Lahore. During this association, he had the opportunity to travel to various cities in India and meet many talented musicians.

Member of Genophone

In 1932, he joined Genophone, a Lahore-based recording company. Ustad Jhande Khan, Pandit Amarnath, and GA Chishti were also associated with the institute. Master Ghulam Haider was also the assistant of Ustad Jhande Khan for some time.

As a Composer

His film career began in 1933 with AR Kardar’s film ‘Sawarag Ki Seerhi,’ after which he composed music for the film ‘Majnoon.’ However, his identity became from filmmaker and director Dil Sikh Pancholi’s film ‘Gul Bakauli’ which released in 1938. He then composed music for several more Lahore-based films, including ‘Yamla Jutt,’ ‘Khazanchi,’ ‘Chaudhry,’ and ‘Khaandan Key Naam.’

Career in Bombay

In 1944, he moved to Bombay at the invitation of director Mehboob Khan. Among the successful films in Bombay were ‘Humayun,’ ‘Chal Chal Rey Naujwan,’ ‘Bairam Khan,’ ‘Jag Beti,’ ‘Shama,’ ‘Mahindi,’ ‘Majboor,’ and ‘Shaheed.’

Introduction of New Taals

At that time, most of the music directors of Pakistan and India used to select ‘Kehrwa’ and  ‘Dadra’ Taals, but Haider presented several unfamiliar Taals. He was able to give these Taals only because of his extensive knowledge of Sikh musicians’ Taals, and India’s classical music. He got ménage recognition in India by presenting unfamiliar Taals.

Career in Lahore

After the partition of India in 1947, he moved to Lahore and composed music for seven films, including ‘Shahida,’ ‘Beqaar,’ ‘Akeli,’ ‘Ghulam,’ and ‘Gulnar.’ His last movie was ‘Gulnar,’ which was released three days before his death. He was one of the most trendy musicians. He gave a new color to the film music of the Indian subcontinent. He is the first musician to use Punjabi folk tunes in his songs.

Fall Time

He moved to Pakistan after its foundation in 1947, but here because of opportunities’ scarcity, and his glorious career started diminishing. The non-availability of resources and vocalists dampened his ambitions and talent. With his co-worker Shaukat Husain he introduced Gulnar and Shahida, but they failed to get a huge success.

Ghulam Haider Death

He passed away on 9th November 1953 and buried in the local cemetery on Shahdara. His funeral prayers attended by various personalities associated with music. Mostly there is a relationship of jealousy between professional music directors. Still, after Haider’s death, his peer and a highly acknowledged music director Chitalkar Ramchandra confessed, crying that in his musical career, he has stolen many tunes composed by Ustad and after some modifications released those by his name. Ustad was just like a fountainhead of tunes for him. By his demise, this fountainhead has dried.

Ghulam Haider Movies

  1. Gulnaar
  2. Aabshaar
  3. Bekaraar
  4. Do Saudaagar
  5. Putlii
  6. Shahidaa
  7. Kanez
  8. Majboor
  9. Shaheed
  10. Shamaa
  11. Barsat Ke Ik Raat
  12. Patjhadd
  13. Manjhdhaar
  14. Butt Taraash
  15. Mehndii
  16. Jag Beetii
  17. Bairaam Khan
  18. Phool
  19. Humaayun
  20. Chal Chal Rey Naujawaan
  21. Bhaai
  22. Poonjii
  23. Khandaan
  24. Zamindaar
  25. Chaudhary
  26. Khazaanchi
  27. Yamlaa Jutt
  28. Gul E Bakawalii
  29. Majnuu
  30. Thief of Iraq
  31. Sawarg Ke Seerhii

Ghulam Haider Songs

  1. Aashiyane Koo Merey Jub
  2. Shaala Jawaania Manay, Aakha Naa Moriin, Pee Laii
  3. Pinjarey Dey Vichh Qaid Jawani Mastani
  4. Kankan Diyan Pakiaan Faslan Ney
  5. Bus Bus Wey Dholna, Teray Nal Ke Bolnaa
  6. Saawan Kay Nazaarey Hein
  7. Ek Kali Naazoon Ke Paali
  8. Tu Kaun Se Badlii Mein, Meray Chaand Hei Aa Jaa
  9. Mere Lye Jahan Mein Chaiin Hei Naa Qaraar Hei
  10. Saajan Aa Ja, Rajaan Aaa Jaa
  11. Chamkoo Chamkoo Bijaliyaa, Haan Bijaliyaa
  12. Mjhe Madhuur Lagta Hei Unsay
  13. Aye Chaand Tu Bataa Dey
  14. Dataa Toree Dayaa Se Ab Des Hamaara
  15. Ho Chand Chamaka Andhere Me Aaj Hai
  16. Ashkoon Pey Huwaa Khatam Meray Ghum Ka Fasaana
  17. Gulshan Pey Hei Bahaar, Koyal Ki Hai Pukaar
  18. Hum Hein Dukhiyaa Is Duniya Mein
  19. Aj Mohay Saajan Ghar Janaa
  20. Aa Jaoo Bedeshi Balama
  21. Aaja Bedardii Balamaa
  22. Ana Hei Tu Aa Jaoo Ghar
  23. Ab Jee Key Koi Kiyaa Karey
  24. Wattan Ke Raah Mein, Wattan Kay No-Jawaan Shaheed hoo
  25. Bachpann Ke Yadgaaro, Mein Tum Ko Dhondatay Hunn