Noor Jehan

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Full NameAllah Rakhi Wasai
Stage NameNoor Jehan
Honorific TitleMalika-e-Tarannum (Queen of Melody)
Birth Date21 September 1926
Birth PlaceKasur, Punjab, British India
Death Date23 December 2000
Death PlaceKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Resting PlaceGizri Graveyard, Karachi
NationalitiesBritish India (1926–1947), Pakistani (1947–2000)
Other NamesThe Nightingale of The East, Queen of Hearts, Daughter of Nation, The Nightingale of Punjab
OccupationsPlayback Singer, Music Composer, Actress, Director
Years Active1930–2000
Net Worth(will be updated soon)
Notable WorkZeenat (1945), Anmol Ghadi (1946), Jugnu (1947), Mirza Sahiban (1947), Chan Wey (1951), Dupatta (1952), Intezar (1956), Anarkali (1958), Koel (1959)
Music StylesFilmi, Ghazal, Classical Music, Qawwali
SpousesShaukat Hussain Rizvi (m. 1941; div. 1953), Ejaz Durrani (m. 1959; div. 1971)
Children6, including Zil-e-Huma and Nazia Ejaz Khan
ParentsImdad Ali (father), Fateh Bibi (mother)
RelativesSonya Jehan (granddaughter), Sikander Rizvi (grandson), Ahmad Ali Butt (grandson)
Awards15 Nigar Awards
HonorsPride of Performance (1965), Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (1965), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1996)
Career SpanOver six decades (1930s–1990s)
Total Songs RecordedAbout 10,000 songs in various languages, including 2,422 songs in 1,148 Pakistani films
Significant ContributionsConsidered the first female Pakistani film director, and influential singer in the Indian subcontinent
Early Life and TrainingBorn into a Punjabi Muslim family, trained in classical singing under Ustad Ghulam Mohammad and Kajjanbai, influenced by the Patiala Gharana tradition
Initial Career HighlightsStarted performing at age six, acted and sang in Punjabi movies, and gained early popularity through songs composed by Ghulam Haider
Major Indian FilmsKhandaan (1942), Badi Maa (1945), Zeenat (1945), Gaon Ki Gori (1945), Anmol Ghadi (1946), Mirza Sahiban (1947), Jugnu (1947)

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