Born 1969 in a family steeped in the tradition of hindustani music in Kerala, India, Nisa
Azeezi began learning music at the age of four under her father, M A Azeez, and began
singing with him when she was only eight.
After obtaining Ganabhooshanan degree, she studied Hindustani vocal in the Gurukula
tradition under Ustad AE Vincent, for four years and subsequently under Ustad
Sarathchandramaratte for another two years. She also took a diploma in Hindustani music
from Akhila Bharathiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai. She was also
tutored under Ustad Umer bhai of Jaipur Gharana and Ustad Faiyaz Ahammedkhan of
Kirana gharana for furthering her studies in Hindustani vocals. She now continues her
education under Ustad Rafique Khan of Gwalior Gharana in Dharward.
With a melodious voice and soulful compositions she has performed at several major
Ghazal & Qwali programs since 1992. Besides this, she has set tunes and performed
many Malayalam poems penned by celebrated young poets of Kerala. She has also
undertaken research work on the Ghazal traditions of Malabar for which she was selected
for junior fellowship instituted by Ministry of Culture Government of India.
“Jazba e Dil" is her first Urdu Ghazal album which consists of poems by well known
Sufi poets like Mirza Ghalib, Allama Mohammed Iqbal, Momin o' momin.The album
marketed by Eastcoast Audios. Her new Malayalam gazal album " Ethra madhuramai
paadunnu nee" (how sweet is your singing) has 9 songs released by Monsoon Music. The
songs were penned by noted poets like T.P.Rajeevan, Alankode Leela Krishnan and
Many reputed organizations like, Doordarsan, Malayala Manorama, Kairali TV,
Asianet, Malabar Mappila Kala Academy, Thunchan Memorial Trust, Kerala Sahitya
Academy, Kerala Language Institute, Vylopilly Samskrithi Bhavan, University of
Calicut, Tourism Department, Keral social centre Abudhabi, Sharjah Malayalee
Association, Koottam Social network Dubai and numerous other institutes have honored
her as a promising artist from Kerala.
In Kerala, Nisa Azeezi stands tall as the only female singer blending Qwali and
Ghazals, in the great tradition of the Sufi spirituality.