Surriya Multanikar was born in 1940 in Multan. He earliest childhood memories are of wanting to excel as a singer. No one in her immediate family could either teach or advise her, so she taught herself by listening to film songs and copying their tunes and lyrics. She vows that she will continue singing until the last breath leaves her body. “Music is and will always be my life and soul. it is an integral part of me which I treasure most religiously,” she says. She was awarded pride of performance medal in 1986.