By Hina Anjum: Gone, but never forgotten. Yes, it’s been more than 14 years since Malika-e-Tarannum Madam Noor Jehan left us all. But even after her death, the Queen of Melody still reigns. Even in this day and age, her melodious compositions can’t resist to cast a golden spell over her listeners.
Born as Allah Rakhi Wasai, Noor Jehan had an extensive career spanning seven decades. From film direction and music composition to singing and acting, she did it all.
The legendary singer, famous for her silken saris, bold eye make-up, unique hairstyles and glittering diamonds, left her fans awestruck and captured the hearts of millions through her enchanting and hypnotizing voice.
She has sung almost 10,000 songs in diverse languages, including Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi, and has received numerous awards as well as titles for her performing skills. Some of them include the President’s Award, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, The Pride of Pakistan, Bulubul-e-Pakistan, The Millennium Singer, and Cultural Ambassador of Pakistan.
She induced arousal, feelings, emotions and mood in the music genre, which completely changed the face of the subcontinent’s film music. She had the ability to breathe life into her lyrics. Using expressions and gestures, she added a new dimension to music – and she did it with class.
No one had more class in the industry at the time, and no one has had it since. She has an undisputed place in South Asia’s music industry, and her powerful melodic voice will continue to captivate hearts of coming generations. Undoubtedly, Madam’s voice was a gift from God.
EMI Pakistan being the custodian of the country’s musical heritage, owns the largest music archive in Pakistan. They have been regularly updating Taazi’s database with the best of Pakistani music. Since Taazi have a diverse library of legal content, one can now choose and stream any song from a large collection of EMI Pakistani music. #SayNoToPiracy
We are grateful to EMI Pakistan, for providing us with an opportunity to feast our ears on Madam Noor Jehan’s music. Her dominant voice was, and still is, capable of bringing out an unusual sensation in the listeners.
Ultimately, each one of us must be buried in the dust. Death will happen to all of us eventually; people will come and go, but few leave a heartache no one can heal and a memory no one can steal. She was one of those few people.
Madam Noor Jehan, this is to inform you that you are being missed greatly! You will always be remembered and never be forgotten.