Noor Jehan

Other names of Noor Jehan: Allah Rakhi Wasai
Birthday: 21-09-1926
Date of death: 23-12-2000
Star sign: Libra

Noor Jehan is a singer of two countries India and Pakistan. She has sung over 10,000 songs in various languages of India such as Urdu, Hindi, Punjab and Sindhi. She is known by her stage name ‘Noor Jehan’ – a name and an identity that she picked from Indian soil and left to Pakistan after the partition of Pakistan and India. Her songs in Pakistan films were better undoubtedly than she had sung in India. Before partition, she was almost a household name in India. Her songs with high-pitched range and nasal voice in Indian films Khandaan (1942), Naukar (1943), Dost (1944), Zeenat (1945), Village Girl (1945), Badi Ma (1945), Anmol Ghadi (1946) and Jugnu (1947) made her highly popular. Her quit from India sent shockwaves then to Hindi filmmakers- she packed her belongings to Lahore and got settled there.

After 1951, she appeared in movies in Pakistan. Actually, before partition, Lahore was the prominent filmmaking centre before 1947. When riots broke, studios were burnt down, and local Indian filmmakers did not have basic infrastructure or equipment to make films. Noor Jehan’s husband, Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi also directed many of her hit films, Her husband left a studio ‘Shorrey Studio’ in Uttar Pradesh for which later she and her husband made a claim. The studio name was changed to ‘Shahnoor’. Noor Jehan was first Pakistani film director. In India, she acted opposite Pran before India’s Independence(1942) in a film called ‘ Khandan’ which was her fist adult debut in cinema. The film was a major hit, and she then shifted to Mumbai. As an actress, she acted 14 films in Pakistan, ten in Urdu, four in Punjabi as a film actress. Noorjehan had multiple affairs with filmmakers. She married Rizvi but got divorced in 1953. The couple had three children. She married Ejaz Durrani in 1959 which also ended in divorce in 1979.

From the second marriage, she had three children again. Her fans include legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and Mohamad Rafi and even actor Dilip Kumar. Lata was praise for her voice as she was a trained playback singer and in films she maintained her vocal quality same both in high and low pitches. It is said that Lata was inspired from her singing. She was crowned with Pakistan President's Award in 1965 for her contribution to Pakistani films and music. She passed away in Karachi on December 23, 2000, Karachi.

Nikita Gandhi Hindi Actress

Nikita Gandhi

Nikita fell in love with Chennai. While pursuing dentistry, her friends advised her to look for opportunities and competitions in the music industry. She soon decided to join KM Music Conservatory (KMMC), to do a short course. KMMC is established by the Oscar winner A.R. Rahman in 2008. He is the head principal their while Fathima Rafiq is the Executive Director. She met Rahman when she was one of the choir members in an Indo-German exchange orchestra. A.R. Rahman was impressed by her and auditioned her for his upcoming project Qyuki in 2015 with Shekhar Kapur. She heard that an IIT was hosting an event Saarang. She decided to take the opportunity and performed there. She won many prizes which gave her the courage to take a step ahead. Nikita soon started devoting all her evenings to music. She would attend classes in the morning and study during any free time should manage. Nikita is a big fan of Usha Uthup and Rekha Bhardwaj. Her first break came from a Bengali album in 2012 called Kotha. Kotha is a new version of Kazi Nazrul Islam's songs. She recorded the song in Chennai rather than Kolkata. She wanted people from Chennai to listen to them as they weren't quite familiar with the poet and his work. Nikita's actual journey began with the song Modern Kalyanam. It is a Tamil song from the adult comedy movie Kalyana Samayal Saadham. She sang alongside Megha Harini. She worked in her private studio and sung a few more regional songs. Soon she got an offer for Ladio in 2014. Ladio is a song in Shankar's movie, where she had to record the song in Tamil, Telegu as well as Hindi. A.R. Rahman is the composer of the song. Ladio brought her into the limelight. Nikita was nervous while recording the song, but Rahman was experienced with beginners and made her feel comfortable. He never acted around like a celebrity which gave the singers a confidence. The Language was the biggest problem for Nikita. She took four hours to write and translate the song in Hindi and record it. The song demanded high scale notes, and she lived up to it even with her low-pitched and husky voice. Her work got critical acclaim, and she got the start she needed. She made her band consisting of 5 members. They together performed gigs in Kerala and Kolkata. Performing live gave her fame. She sang Beautiful Zindagi a Telugu song, in 2015. She sang Tamil songs Theera Ulaa and Oh Oh, the first one composed by Rahman again. Her last song is prologue-The Infinite light. It is an Arabic song by Rahman sir again. She continues to sing and entertain us.

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Nupur Pant

Nupur Pant is a well-known playback singer. She was born in Nanital, Uttarakhand. She is singer, composer and musician professionally. Her family always encouraged music and was passionate about it too. Nupur Pant was trained as a singer in Hindustani classical music right from the childhood. She was trained in various fields of music. She has post graduated in Indian Classical Vocal from Delhi University. She moved to Mumbai after finishing her education. Her family has always supported her and thus she is now a successful singer, composer and a musician. Nupur Pant has worked for TV shows as well as for the film industry of India. She has sung the title tracks of various daily soap operas like ‘Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Dun’, ‘Do Dil Ek Jaan’ and many more, which became a great startup for her musical career. She has worked as a playback singer in the movie ‘Hasee To Phasee’ in 2014 which became a great stepping stone for her towards success. We all loved the song ‘Manchala’ from the movie Hasee To Phasee which was sung by her. After the great success of this song she started getting offers for other movies like Proper Patola, a Punjabi Romantic comedy film, directed by Harish Vyas, for singing ‘Ishqfehmia’ and for the movie ‘Mastram’, a fictional biography film, directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal for singing ‘Aaye Mora Re’ and ‘Hai Teri Rumala’ in 2014, and many other Bollywood musical hits which increased her fan following considerably. She has also worked as a playback singer in ‘Calapor’ movie, directed by Dinesh P. Bhonsle in 2013. Nupur Pant has sung in many events like the Mela Nauchandi in Meerut (U.P.), Ardh Kumb Mela Celebration and many more events like Rafting and Camping Festival. She has also sung in live concerts in many cities like Meerut, Haridwar, Aligarh, etc. Thousands of people come for her live concerts and this is just not a number but the fans’ love for her talent and hard work. Her fans are always waiting for more songs performed by her. Nupur Pant really is a great singer as well as a very nice person. Nupur Pant’s music is available on radio, hungama and many other online websites and mobile applications. You can also subscribe to Nupur Pant music on her YouTube channel. Her fans are proud of her! Hope to listen to more of her hits soon!

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