Saturday marked the 23rd death anniversary of the legendary Malika-e-Tarannum, Noor Jehan, whose real name was Allah Wasai. Born into a family of musicians in Kasur in 1926, Noor Jehan began her musical journey in Calcutta at the tender age of nine, quickly earning fame as a child star.
Widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential singers in South Asia, Noor Jehan earned the honorary title of Malika-e-Tarannum. Her illustrious career spanned over 35 years, during which she recorded approximately 10,000 songs in languages including Urdu, Punjabi, and Sindhi.
Noor Jehan’s voice became an anthem of inspiration during the 1965 war between Pakistan and India, injecting spirit into both the Pakistan Army and the public. In 1957, she received the prestigious President’s Award, acknowledging her exceptional acting and singing capabilities.
Her contributions were further recognized with accolades such as the Special Nigar Award, Pride of Performance, Life Time Achievement Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, PTV Life Time Achievement Award, and the Millennium Award. Noor Jehan, the epitome of talent and grace, passed away on this day in 2000 due to a cardiac arrest and found her final resting place in Karachi.
As we commemorate the 23rd anniversary of her passing, Noor Jehan’s legacy continues to resonate, leaving an indelible mark on the world of music and entertainment. Her timeless contributions and extraordinary achievements make her an enduring symbol of excellence in the hearts of fans and admirers worldwide.
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