Naseem Begum was born on 24th February, 1936 in Amritsar, British occupied India. Like all musicians of her time, she also received training to enhance her vocal skills. Naseem Begum got her training from Mukhtar, who was the elder sister of Farida Khanum.
Farida is a very famous ghazal singer. Naseem started off as a playback singer in the film industry. She gained fame by the middle of fifties and by 1964 she had bagged several Nigar awards in 1960, 1961, 1963 and 1964.
In the year 1956, Naseem did her first song as a playback singer in the film Guddi Gudda. Shehriyar was a very famous music composer of that time. When he heard Naseem’s voice in the film he was greatly impressed by her abilities and without a second thought approached Naseem to do a song for his movie Begunaah.
Naseem did a wonderful job at the song and soon became the voice and most favorite singer in the fifties. She also got the chance to sing multiple duets with the legend Ahmed Rushdi after which she reached the pinnacle of her career.
Classical and semi classical songs are one of the most difficult genres to carry; Naseem had a caliber great enough to sing them flawlessly with much appreciation from great classical legends too. She has sung several heart throbbing songs for the film industry.
She also was given an opportunity to sing in Punjabi films such as Chan Puttar, Mukhra Chan Warga and Langotiya along with many others in her career.
She has also sung several patriotic songs to praise her country and to promote feeling of patriotism amongst all civilians. In Lahore, she died a sudden death on 25th September, 1971 while giving birth due to complications, leaving her fans shocked.