KARACHI: Melody Queen Noor Jahan staged name as Allah Wasi was born on September 21, 1926 and died on December 23, 2000 is being remembered today.
She was a known as a legendary singer and an actress in British India and Pakistan. She was considered as the most influential singer at her time in South Asia. She has recorded more than 10000 songs in various languages. Along with Ahmed Rushdi, she holds the highest record of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema, also considered as first Pakistani film female director. She started her career when she was 9 years old, and flourished as a top singer and an actress. She enrolled herself in classical music and Ghazals. It was a time when she was given the recognition as Malika-e-Taranum.
She was married twice and was a mother of six children which somehow forced her to quit her career as an actress and she decided to become a singer. Her first initial playback film was Jahan-e-Bahr.(1958). At the time of partition and India Pakistan war (1965) she sung many patriotic songs for the soldiers and army men on borders and as playback to give them courage. These songs became the most popular songs in the history; like; Ae watan kay sajeelay jawano, Mere naghmay tumharay leeyay hain, Aeh putr hataan tay nahin wikday, Tu lubni ain wich bazar kuray, Mereya dhol sipahia, Tenun Rub dyaan rakhhan etc.
In 1986 at a tour to North America she was diagnosed with angina pectorics. She suffered a heart attack and left us on December 23, 2000. She died in Karachi and was buried at Ghizri Graveyard near the Saudi Consulate in Karachi.