The 94th birth anniversary of renowned singer of the sub-continent Noor Jehan is being observed on Monday (today).
The Melody Queen was born in 1926 in Kasur. Her real name was Allah Rakhi Wasai. Apart from singing, she also performed as an actress in the film industry.
She began her career as a child star in Gul Bakaoli movie in 1935. After the creation of Pakistan, she started her Pakistani career with the film Chan Wey, which was also directed by her. Her famous films include Chan Wey, Dupatta, Mirza Ghalib, Qaidi, Baaji and Khandaan. She sang in several languages including Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi, and recorded over 10,000 songs in her career.
Noor Jehan received the Life Time Achievement Award twice and received the highest Pakistani civilian awards Pride of Performance, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
Later, she said goodbye to acting and limited herself to singing. She recorded songs for hundreds of films.
She died on December 23, 2000 as a result of heart failure and was buried in Karachi’s Defence society cemetery.