Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan. – A file photo

PESHAWAR, 23 December: The 16th death anniversary of Pakistan’s legendary singer and actress Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan was observed on Friday.

Noor Jehan’s real name was Allah Wasai and was born on September 21‚ 1926 in Kasur‚ Punjab. She was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of her time in South Asia and was given the title of Malika-e-Tarannum in recognition of her services.

She started singing from the age of nine and recorded about 10‚000 songs in various languages of India and Pakistan including Urdu‚ Hindi‚ Punjabi and Sindhi. She also ruled the field of literary ghazals for over 35 years.

Madam Noor Jehan started her film career from ‘Hina Key Tarsay’ in 1930 and acted in films in Pakistan and India. Her famous films include Khandan, Naukar, Anarkali, Haweli, Hamjoli and Jugnu.  In 1957‚ Noor Jahan was awarded the President’s Award for her acting and singing capabilities. She also got enormous fame for singing national songs to raise the morale of Pakistani soldiers during the 1965 Pak-India war.

On December 23‚ 2000‚ Noor Jahan died after illness and was buried in Karachi.