LAHORE – The legendary singer Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan was remembered on her 13th death anniversary on Monday. Madam Noor Jehan, publicly known as `Melody Queen’ was born in district Kasur of Punjab on 21st September 21, 1926. She was considered to be the greatest film and music personality of all time of the Pakistan showbiz.
She 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. Noor Jehan 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.
During her carrier in film industry extended over 35 years she 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.
However, she got familiarity for her national songs sung for Pakistan Army soldiers during 1965 and 1971 wars including ‘Aye Jaan-e-Watan-Dum se Tere Qayem Shan-e-Watan’, Rang Laaye ga Shaheedon ka Lahoo, Ae Puttar Hatan te nai Vikday, Tujhe Watan ne Pukara hai, Aye Watan ke Sajeelay Jawano! Mere Naghmay Tumharay Liye hain, Merya Dhol Sipahiya Tenu Rab Diyan Rakhan, Merya Sher Jeha Weera Lakhan Izzatan Bacahween and others. She made her debut from a Punjabi film “Sheila” produced by Krishna Dev Mehra. Her songs, in both Urdu and Punjabi, made her a popular singer of the 20th century in the sub-continent.
The Legendary singer died on December 23, 2000 in Karachi after protracted illnss at the age of 74.