Melody Queen Noor Jehan — Last Part

It was a challenge for him and he lived up to the expectations of the director with a calibre of Riaz Shahid. Wajahat Attre is the only music composer who's 'tjposhi' was done by Madam Noor Jehan and was given the title of 'King of Melody' in 1994.Music composer Nazir Ali and Noor Jehan: We start with "Allah kare tutte na" from 'Saza Yafta', a nice song by Madam composed by Nazir Ali. The duo came out with beautiful melodies throughout their lives. My memories become rich whenever I listen to "Adhi raaton dhal gai raat" from the film 'Khan Chacha'. Nazir Ali's film career as music composer spans from 1966 to 2001. He composed music for 146 films out of which 41 were urdu films and 105 were punjabi films. Mostly he used Noor Jehan for his songs. Whenever I watch the video of the song "Dildaar sadque lakh waar" by Noor Jehan picturised on Naghma for the 1972 film 'Sultan' also featuring Ijaz and Aliya, it reminds me of the rhythmic pattern and choreography used by the music composer. The film powerfully illustrated his firm grip on other songs sung by Noor Jehan such as "Do dil ik mik" and "Raah vich behne aan tera". Nazir Ali had shot to fame by composing Noor Jehan's songs for the film 'Mastana Mahi' in 1971. His Nigar Award had more to do with Noor Jehan's song "Sayyio ni mera mahi". Again a typical rhythmic pattern used by Nazir Ali and of course Noor Jehan's sweet rendering made this song a super duper hit. Using the rhythmic 'dhamal' became Nazir Ali's hallmark, starting from Noor Jehan's "Lal meri pat rakhio" in the 1969 film 'Dilan Dei Saudei', "Hussaini laal qalandar" by Noor Jehan for the 1971 film 'Aasoo Billa', "Sarkar bari" again by Madam Noor Jehan for the 1972 film 'Sajjan Beparwah', "Aei nagri daata di" by Masood Rana and Noor Jehan for the 1974 film 'Nagri Daata' to "Aai aan duware sakhi" by Noor Jehan for the 1974 film 'Duniya Pyaar Di'. One song that touched the heights of popularity was rendered by Noor Jehan with lyrics "Shahbaz karey parwaaz" for the 1973 film 'Maan Tei Mamta'. This song has been so far the best remembered 'dhamal' song. The result was his style blended with Punjabi folk and Sufi music. That quality made him different from his contemporaries.In 1974-75 films 'Mujhey Galey Laga Lo', Noor Jehan sang a lovely "Terey qadmon mein bikher jaaney ko". For a change it was Sangeeta's Urdu film as director besides acting in it. Nisho and Kaveeta also acted in this film on a story written by today's popular director Syed Noor. Sangeeta won best director and best actress awards for this film. The film titled 'Bara Admi' was a great success for Nazir Ali in 1981 with the song "Kutch dair to ruk jaao" by Noor Jehan. I often hum his love song "Mahi aawey ga tei" by Noor Jehan from the 1986 film 'Qaidi'. Regarding mujra based themes, Noor Jehan's song "Jehrey kehnde si maran" from the 1973 film 'Khoon Da Darya' and "Daultan waaleyo aj mein" from the 1973 film 'Insaan Ik Tamasha' can be quoted.While rendering this ghazal for her PTV programme 'Tarranum' she started crying. Such was the emotional influence on her, of this composition. Another of Nazir Ali's composition "Mein nei har kaanta" was memorable.Noor Jehan and other music composers: Her career spanned seven decades. She was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of her time in South Asia and was given the honorific title of 'Malika-e-Tarannum' (the queen of melody). She rendered songs for other composers as well apart from the ones mentioned above. The best motivational song "Aei watan kei sajeele jawano" by music composer Mian Sheheryar is a hallmark of her career during the 1965 war. Her first initial playback for a Pakistani film was for 'Jan-e-Bahar' (1958), in which she sang the song "Kaisa naseeb layi thi", picturised on Musarrat Nazir. Her song "Hawa sei moti baras" for music composer Lal Muhammad Iqbal stands out based on the Sindhi tune. Her patriotic songs were fantastic and kindled the hearts of both the masses and Army Jawans. Some of these are "Ae watan kay sajeelay jawano", "Aeh putr hataan tay nahin wikday", "Mereya dhol sipahia", "O mahi chhail chhabilah", "Yeh hawaoun kay musafir", "Rung laey ga shaheedoun ka lahoo",and "Mera sohnan shehr Qasoor neen".Noor Jehan's ghazals for PTV's programme 'Taranum': I would be too naïve if I do not mention the ghazals sung by Noor Jehan for PTV's programme 'Taranum'. The famous ghazals are "Zara bhi choo lo tau" written by the poet Jamiluddin Aali, "Teri saanson" by the poet Dr. Khalid, "Nigah-e-jaour sahi dekhie" by the poet Salim Gillani, "Raat phaili hei" by the poet Kalim Usmani, "Hum na nakhat hain na gul hain" by the poet Mir Hasan, "Woh meri bazm main" by the poet Javed Qureshi, "Lutf woh ishq main paai" by the poet Dagh Dehlvi, "Apna afsana-e-shauq" lyrics by Syed Rizi Tirmizi, "Kyun chora tum nei saath" lyrics by Masroor Anwar, "Aandhi chali" lyrics by Mustafa Zaidi, "Kabhi kaha na kisi" written by Qamar Jalalvi, "Dil dharakne ka sabab" written by the poet Nasir Kazmi, "Dyar-e-noor main" by the poet Iftikhar Arif, "Kabhi kaha na kisi nei" by the poet Qamar Jalalvi, "Jab yei jaan-e-hazeen" by the poet Syed Rizi Tirmizi and "Kisi ka naam lo" by the poet Qamar Jalalvi. Apart from Ustad Nazar's compositions, madam rendered songs composed by Muhsin Raza, Nazir Ali and other composers.Last days: In 1986, on a tour of North America, Noor Jehan suffered from pain in her chest. Doctors diagnosed it as angina pain. She underwent a surgery to install a pacemaker. In 2000, Noor Jehan was hospitalized in Karachi and suffered a heart attack. On December 23, 2000, she died as a result of heart failure. Her funeral took place at Jamia Masjid Sultan, Karachi and she was buried at the Gizri graveyard near the Saudi consulate in Karachi. Many admirers and mourners had thought that she would be buried in Lahore but her kith and kin advised against it. Many thought that her house in Liberty Market should not have been sold by her and should have been a museum exhibiting her belongings, music library, and furniture, dresses etc. The best government did was name a road leading to Liberty Market in Lahore as Noor Jehan. Radio Pakistan Lahore named its largest studio as Noor Jehan Studio. In my humble opinion, no other crooner was born reaching her standard in the last century. 

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