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Madam Noor Jahan (Urdu: نور جہاں) was born on 21st September 1926 at Kot Murad Khan in Pakistan. She served the Pakistan music and film industry for about 7 decades. She got fame as the most influential and greatest singer of her times and was awarded with the title of Melody Queen or Malika-e- Taranum. She holds an outstanding record of singing 10,000 of songs in various languages of Pakistan and India including Sindhi, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu languages. She has the honor of being the first Pakistani female film director. At a very early stage she emerged as a shining singer in the subcontinent and at the age of 9 she recorded her very first playback song for a movie and acted in a lead role in the same movie. Though, she was a singer but, acting was her passion.
This teen aged girl had some magic and she mesmerized the Bollywood film industry with her singing and acting. But, at the same time she was enjoying a prosperous and bright future in Pakistan. During her reign Pakistan entertainment industry was in its infancy but, she did justice with her talent she went through legendary periods of glory and success. She faced several ups and downs in her personal life but it never affected her career. Her voice groomed under the guidance of famous Indian singer Kajjan Bai of 20s and 30s. She worked hard and enriched her voice by regular riiyaz (singing practice) of over 12 hours every day and it awarded her with heights of success as a singer. She performed all around the world and was awarded with several national and international awards. Government of Pakistan has bestowed her with “Pride of Performance” award as well. Unfortunately illness got the better of the legendry singer but her place in the hearts of her fan remains intact. News of her death really shocked the people and her family received condolences from popular figures all across the world. Her singing, her contribution to Pakistan music and film industry will keep her alive for years to come.
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