LAHORE – Pakistani film playback and ghazal singer Arthur Nayyar, popularly known as A Nayyar, passed away on Friday after a prolonged illness.

Born on September 17, 1950, Nayyar shot to fame after his singing debut in 1974 film Bahisht. His first film song Yunhin din cut jayen, yuhin shaam dhal jaye was a duet song with Rubina Badar in film Bahisht (1974), composed by A. Hameed.

He won Nigar Award for best playback film singer in 1979, 1985, 1989 and 1991.

His romantic duets with Naheed Akhtar and Mehnaz were very popular with people and his solos were well liked too.

A. Nayyar has earned seven Nigar Awards, eight Graduate Awards and four Bolan Awards.