Munni Begum (Bengali: মুন্নী বেগম, Urdu: منی بیگم) is a famous Pakistani ghazal singer. Her real name is Nadira (Bengali: নাদিরা; Urdu: نادرہ). She is an American national, based in Chicago, IL, USA.http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/in-paper-magazine/the-review/world-music-day-food-for-the-soul "Hit Songs of Munni Begum". Pakistan Television Corporation. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
Munni Begum was born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. The youngest child of seven children, she first started taking music lessons from the famous singer Ustad Khwaja Ghulam Mustafa Warsi. Subsequently, she studied in the school of music for three years, and thereafter she launched her career.
Her parents migrated from India to East Pakistan in the early 1950s; East Pakistan later became independent Bangladesh. She studied in PAF Shaheen School, Dhaka; however, she moved to Pakistan before graduating from high school, due to Bangladesh Independence War of 1971.
Munni Begum began her career as a singer in Karachi in the 1970s. Begum released her first album of ghazals in 1976. It became a smash hit and broke all previous records.
On March 23, 2008, Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan conferred the Pride of Performance award upon legendary female singer Munni Begum at a simple ceremony held at Governor's House in Karachi.Anis Ahmed Shakur (April 1, 2003). "Munni Begum: A Symbol of Simplicity". Pakistan Music. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
Munni Begum is married, and has two daughters, Muniba Hasnain and Minara Umer, and a son Syed Asad Ali.
As for Begum’s hit ghazals, the list is nearly endless - listen to Munni Begum's famous ghazals online. Some of these are:Jhoom Barabar Jhoom SharabiHar Qadam Zehmatein…Tumhare Sheher Ka Mausam Bada Suhana LageEk Bar Muskura DoAwaargi Mein Had Se Guzar Jaana ChahiyeBewafa Se Bhi Pyar Hota HaiBhoolne Wale Se Koi KehdeDil Ko Hale Karar Mein DekhaIdhar Zindagi Ka Janaza Uthe GaBhujhi Hoi Shama Ka Dhuaan HunMareez-e-Mohabbat Unhi Ka Fasana