ISLAMABAD: The 13th death anniversary of legendary singer Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan is being observed today on December 23.
Madam Noor Jehan, also known as `Melody Queen’ was born in the Kasur district on September 21, 1926. She is considered to be the greatest film and music personality of all time of the Pakistan show business.
Madam Noor Jehan started her film career at the young age of nine and soon became a renowned child artist. As she grew older she became famous for her acting and singing in Indian movies.
She was the first female to direct a movie and debuted with her film “Chann We” in 1951. Her last film was “Ghalib”, which was released in 1961.
Madam Noor Jehan ruled the film industry for more than 35 years and sung appropriately six thousand songs for Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi films. Not only was she a celebrated playback singer but also a gifted Ghazal singer.
With rigorous training in classical music, Noor Jehan employed the essential features necessary to present the ghazal in an exceptional manner.
She made her debut from a Punjabi film “Sheila” produced by Krishna Dev Mehra. Her scores of songs, in both Urdu and Punjabi, made her a popular singer of the 20th century in the sub-continent.
Legendary singer died on December 23, 2000 in Karachi after protracted illness at the age of 74.