Today, 16 years have passed, since Melody Queen, Madam Noor Jahan left this world, creating a vacuum in Pakistani music. The iconic lady has left much more for the music and film industry in the form of her beautiful songs, ghazals, movies and an astonishing personality she was.
Who was Noor Jahan
Her original name was “Allah Wasai,” she belonged from Kasur, a neighboring small town of Lahore. The charming lady started her career from the age of 9. She did her first film Sheela (as the child star) and Gul Bakawli, before the partition. If we say that the lady was a precious asset of the newly born state, then it wouldn’t be wrong at all.
Noor Jahan as first Pakistani female film director
Madam Noor Jahan also has the honor of becoming Pakistan’s first ever female film director. After migration to Pakistan, she did her first ever Pakistani and Punjabi movie, Chan Wey and also directed it with Shaukat Ali Rizvi.
An acknowledged singer of India and Pakistan
She sang almost 10,000 songs in various languages of sub-continent including Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, and Hindi. Lata Mangeshkar the famous Indian singer of her time strongly admired the melodious voice of Noor Jahan. Her duets with Mehdi Hassan, Ahmed Rushdi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Mujeeb Alam amassed an enormous popularity.
Famous for her patriotic songs
The patriotic songs written by Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabbasum and sung by the melody queen are a beautiful gift of 1965 war indeed, perhaps, an only good aspect of the bitter conflict. The songs like Ay Watan k Sajeeley Jawano, Ay putter Hattan ty Nhin Wikdey, Ay Raah-e-Haq k Shaheedo, all leave us in an awe and motivate the citizens of Pakistan to love the soil unconditionally.
Pride of Performance
President Ayub Khan awarded the Pride of Performance to Mam Noor Jahan in return of her services to the film and music industry and her patriotic national songs.
Noor Jahan’s popularity in India.
In 1982 Noor she went to India and received a warm welcome from Dilip Kumar and Latta Mangeshkar; it was the occasion of the Indian talkie movies’ golden jubilee, she also met Indra Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India.
Her elegant way to justify poetry
Many music lovers admit this fact that her voice has the power to take the words at a new high level. The fact is evident from the Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ghazal Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat and Allam Iqbal’s Her Lehza Hai Momin kiNai Shaan that hit a new fame with heart warming voice and her singing style.
Noor Jahan married the Shaukat Ali Rizvi in 1942, but the marriage couldn’t last longer, and the couple finally separated in 1953. She had three children from this relation. She later married the Ejaz Durrani in 1959 but that marriage also ended in a divorce, she had three children from this marriage too.
Daughter of Noor Jahan Zil-e-Huma is also a singer while her granddaughter Sonya Rizvi, known as Sonya Jahan is also a famous Pakistani model and actress.
Although 16 years have passed, her heartwarming and soothing melodies still echo in our souls and refresh our minds.