Nadira Begum, famously known by her pseudonym name, Munni Begum, is a Pakistani musician, vocalist, and ghazal singer.
Munni Begum was born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, British India, in the year 1959. She was the third child of seven children. She initially began taking music lessons from the legendary singer Ustad Khwaja Ghulam Mustafa Warsi. This music teacher gave her this acknowledged name due to her small and cute size and young age. Afterwards, she studied in the school of music for three years, and after that, she started her own career.
Her parents immigrated from India to East Pakistan in the early 1950s. East Pakistan next became self-governing Bangladesh. She studied at BAF Shaheen School, Dhaka; however, she went to Karachi, West Pakistan, before graduating from high school due to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.
Munni Begum commenced her career being a singer in Karachi, Pakistan, in the 1970s. She released her first album of ghazals in 1976. Then, she sang many super hit ghazals. Afterwards, she became a famous ghazal singer of Pakistan.
In her interviews, she always was sharp, confident, and bold. Even though the Urdu language was not her mother tongue, she spoke Urdu very well. She was so talented in the selection of ghazals with basic and straightforward language. This was astonishing and remarkable and became one reason for her immense popularity among ordinary people.
The other causes of her vast popularity were that she had a voice defined by its simplicity and power. In the 1980s, Munni Begum's emergence coincided with the latest technology's speedy growth, the cassette tape. The cost of cassette tape was low compared to the old technology of vinyl records. Above all, Munni Begum had a strong voice with many tones. She also was an excellent harmonium player.
Munni Begum tied the knot in the 1980s, which ended in a divorce in the year 1998. She has two daughters, i.e., Muniba Hasnain and Minara Umer. Also, she has one son Syed Muhammad Asad Ali. She used to reside in Chicago, United States and does not perform daily.
Munni Begum's hit ghazals are enlisted below. However, the list is very long;