Badar uz Zaman

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Ustad Badar uz Zaman
Badar uz Zaman
Background information
Born 1940 (age 77–78)
Origin Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Pakistani classical /Khyal singing
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1956–Present
Pride of Performance Award Recipient
Badar uz Zaman was recipient of Pride of Performance
Date 14 August 2005
Country Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Presented by Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Badar uz Zaman (born 1940, Lahore, Pakistan[citation needed]) 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[edit]

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,
  • Ramoz-e-Sitar
  • Punjab ki classiki moosiqi ko ataa Tappa
  • 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 March 23rd 2006[26][27]
  • Unique Award for Serving Punjabi Music 2013 (by Govt of Indian Punjab)[28]
  • Nazakat Salamat Award by Sham Churasi Circle and PNCA (2014)
  • Muslim League Golden Jubilee Award for Best Services of Classical Music (March 19th 1999)
  • Aetraf-e-Fun Award in Recognition of 40 Years Music Services, Multan (March 26th 2000)
  • Aetraf-e-Husn-e-Karkardagi Award by Faran Homeopathic College and Sargodha Art Council (May 16th 2015)
  • Best Music Judge Award, Inter-Collegiate Music Competition (1964)
  • Ameer Khushro Award in Pakistan Music Festival, Lahore (Nov. 25th 1979)
  • Punjab Youth Academy, Faisalabad Best Light Singer Award (1982)
  • Gliders Best Composer Award, Faisalabad (1984)
  • Pakistan Hilal-e-Ahmar Award (1985)
  • Aahang-e-Khusrovi Khaja Khursheed Anwar Gold Medal for Best Classical Singer (1987)
  • Awarded Gold Medal for the Best Services in the field of Classical Music (1990)
  • Gold Medal Easter Music Festival, Lahore (Apr 10th 1979)
  • Best Classical Singer Award by Bishop of Pakistan, Jonathan Rehmat and Eugene John (Apr. 2nd 2009)
  • Ameer Khusro Award by Melody Festival (2012)
  • Husn-e-Karkardagi Award (Jan 16th 2005)
  • Best Singer Award by IGM, Lahore (2002)
  • Best Keertankar Award by Chief Adviser Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Balbeer Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Jaswant Singh (May 16th 2007)
  • Sada-e-Sufi Award, Ludhiana (May 21st 2007)

Dabistan-e-Khusru Badar uz Zaman Music School[edit]

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]


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  2. ^ "Badar-uz-Zaman". Lahore Chitrkar. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. 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. 
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  6. ^ "PAKISTANI CLASSIC SONGS: 13/12/2007". 13 December 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
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  8. ^ Newspaper, From the (9 October 2011). "An effort to project Pakistan's soft image". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  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. ^ "Some in Pak see Khan's detention due to his Bollywood success". 15 February 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Young classical singers look for opportunities – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Music Books, Niva-E-Mosiqi, Rare Raags, Research And Learning Book on Indian Classical Music – Lahore | Pakistan Free Classified". Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. 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. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Forms & philosophy of classical music -DAILY TIMES – National; July 16, 2013". Retrieved 31 July 2013. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Pak musician seeks longer visa for India". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "New Page 1". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  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 ceremony 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. 

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