‘Diya Jalkar you extinguished…’, the evergreen music of Noor Jahan

Noor Jahan is that legendary singer, who has been well-liked not only in Pakistan but also in India. Today is the birth anniversary of Noor Jahan. After the India-Pakistan Partition in 1947, Noor Jahan moved to Pakistan, and then became a major star of Hindi film music as the representative voice of the neighboring country’s playback singing. A special fact is worth noting here that the musical and film contributions of Noor Jahan are considered to be worthy till today only because of the films of the Indian subcontinent.

Noor Jahan means complete music

Nur Jahan, a proficient in Hindustani classical music, was learning the vocals of thumri, dhrupad and khayal from Ustad Ghulam Mohammad, who comes under the Patiala Gharana. The list of his films is also going to rush, in which three big films released in 1945 – Zeenat, Gaon Ki Gori and Badi Maa are considered memorable. In today’s terminology of films, Mehboob Khan’s Unmale Ghadi, released in 1946, turned out to be a blockbuster, with his counterpart Surendra as hero and co-heroine Suraiya.

Two big films Mirza Sahiba and Jugnu were released in the year of the country’s independence. He was paired with legendary actor Dilip Kumar in Jugnu, which was well received by the audience. His other important films are Dheeraj, Chandni and the family servants, Dost, Humjoli and Bhaijaan.

There is a long but memorable list of Noor Jahan’s songs, which, even today, if heard on YouTube, is astonishing that in the era when the music was recorded by single track techno, it was not the only song of its kind. How efficiently Noor Jahan continued to perform the work of ups and downs, ascension, and mid-murki. Legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar has always admitted that she learned to play playback in films by following grocer Noor Jehan.

Lata Mangeshkar used to consider Noor Jahan as her ideal

Lata ji has said that she also kept learning from Noor Jahan how to use Urdu alphabets properly. This is a great example, which underscores that the singing of Noor Jahan has been heard and read like a textbook by the great playback singer-singers of India. If you want to remember, you will remember some of the best songs of Noor Jahan, which make her an unmatched singer.

Anmol Ghadi’s duet with Surendra in ‘Awaaz De Kahan Hai Toh Hai Toh Hai’ is historical, his Jawaan Hai Mohabbat, Haseen Hai Zamana and Aa Ja Meri Badshah Mohabbat have also remained contemporary for music lovers till date. His song Diya Jalkar Aap Bujhaya sung by Badi Maa is one of the best songs of Hindi film music, whose excellence has no answer. Similarly, how will the heart of Village Girl forget, their khal aaya hua, Zeenat’s storms of sorrow went like this and bubbles don’t cry here and Jugnu Ka Aaj Ki Raat, Saaz-e-Dil Purdard Na Chheda are such songs, which are still new. Playback singers can improve their singing a bit by listening.

Lata Mangeshkar was a fan of all his songs, especially his non-film composition Gul Khile Chand Raat. Lata ji once narrated this recollection to me that whenever Noor Jahan met her, she used to request to listen to Razia Sultan sang Ae Dil-e-Nadaan, Arzoo Kya Hai, Justaju Kya Hai under the music direction of composer Khayyam. . Noor Jahan is such a big star of film music, whose beautiful singing has illuminated the last century.
It is recorded in the account of his fame that Lata Mangeshkar, the great playback singer of India, considered him as her ideal in the context of playback singing.

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