Ghulam Haider

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Ghulam Haider (1908 - 9 November 1953) was an early film music composer who worked both in India and Pakistan.

Ghulam Haider was born in Hyderabad, Sind in 1908. After a few years of indifferent schooling, and after passing his intermediate examination, he was admitted to a college of dentistry. Meanwhile, he also took music lessons from Baba Ganeshlal. He gave up dentistry before completing his degree, and joined the Alfred Theatrical Company in Calcutta as a harmonium player. Later, he quit that company and joined the Alexander Theatrical Company. He also briefly worked for the Jenaphone Recording Company as a music composer. Haider composed the music for several songs and ghazals recorded by the famous singing star Umra-o-Zia Begum, which were released as gramophone records. In 1932, the year Haider joined Playart Photophone, A.R. Kardar gave him the opportunity to compose the music for his film Swarg Ki Seehri (1935) which was a Lahore-based production, a film in which Umra-o-Zia played a major role. It was released under the banner of National Modi, Lahore and directed by Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj. Unfortunately, the film did not do well at the box office. Haider soon married Umra-o-Zia Begum, who quit show business after their marriage.

Then, Dalsukh M. Pancholi asked him to write the musical score for his Punjabi venture Gul Bakavli (1939) which became an instant hit. Baby Noor Jehan's songs, Shala jawaaniyan mane and Pinjray day vich qaid jawani, were soon on the lips of...
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