September 21st marks the birth of Pakistan’s most loved singer Noor Jehan, she lives on in legacy. How can one forget her inimitable style; that makeup, that silk scarf around her neck, those songs and those TANTRUMS.
Noor Jehan was the definitive diva of the 40s. Born Allah Rakhi Wasai to a family with musical traditions, she received musical training at an early age but her interest was more towards acting in films.
Noor Jehan first claimed the spotlight when movie mogul Dalsukh Pancholi, cast her in his Khandaan (1942). Its success resulted in Noorjehan immigrating to Bombay, taking with her a brassy Punjabi ethos.
Noor Jahan holds the record for having given voice to the largest number of film songs in the history of Pakistan cinema.
Noor Jahan was loved by her fans and was known for her beauty. She was awarded the Pakistan President’s Awards in 1965 for her acting and singing capabilities especially for a patriotic song she sang during the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
Noor Jahan was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time and was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum (the queen of melody) in Pakistan.
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