In the past, I think I’ve complained that there was a dearth of information on some of my favorite Bollywood stars. However, this is certainly not the case with my favorite singer – and favorite singing star – Madam Noor Jehan! So this time around for Madam’s birthday, I thought I might start by supplying some links to good reading…
A little while back, while we were talking about Sitara Devi, Memsaab mentioned Saadat Hasan Manto’s Stars from Another Sky, and I mentioned that I had spotted the Noor Jehan chapter from that book online over at Hamara Forums… And though, unfortunately, I still haven’t read the whole chapter completely, I can say, just from looking over it a little, that it is very interesting and amusing! (And by the way, Hamara also has a very big and interesting Noor Jehan section in general.)
Meanwhile, there is an excellent page with links to articles about Noor Jehan’s many songs and movies over at Pakistani Film Magazine.
There’s also a nice article at Upperstall, and it contains a picture that I now see in the middle of my “desktop” every time I turn on my laptop.
And there is a long, detailed, and very informative article at Heritage Online.
Over on my side bar, one of the links I have listed is Moments of Tranquility. It’s a pretty eclectic blog, and it’s probably the least specifically cinema- and/or music-related link that’s up there now. But the post that convinced me to include it is the one on the collaboration between Noor Jehan and Khurshid Anwar.
Also on my sidebar, I’ve linked to several self-declared Noor Jehan sites, and they’re all excellent. The two listed in the regular blogroll have some very good biographical text and reviews (and, of course, great links and pictures)… Then, in the other part of my links list (sources for movie clips, etc.), there are two YouTube sites that have an absolutely huge number of Noor Jehan videos between them. It’s pretty obvious which YouTube link will take you to the first batch of Noor Jehan clips, because that one’s also got Noor Jehan’s name on it. But there’s also an impressive collection of Noor Jehan clips at Vidur Sury’s less obviously named Tribute to Great Old Singers, and he just recently put in the link to watch Jugnu online. (Though too bad there are no subtitles in that one…)
At my own You’Tube site, in the subscription list, I’ve linked to a few other YouTube sites that contain a whole lot of Noor Jehan videos. One especially worth noting is SafhqatHJatoi’s site, which is dedicated to Madam Noor Jehan.
And speaking of YouTube sites on Noor Jehan, I started my own Noor Jehan playlist. Admittedly, it’s not very organized at the moment, and it also contains several unintended multiple clips of the same songs (some actually worth keeping because they differ enough, but some definitely not…). But I will straighten this list out to some extent, even though it might take a while. And with 80-something videos queued up already, I’m thinking that I might even divide this into a few playlists, maybe separated by decade. But for the moment, I like it well enough, and hopefully other people will enjoy it too (and how could they not, considering who the singer is?).
Anyway, in celebration of Madam’s birthday, I hope that people will go to at least a few of the links that I’ve mentioned today, in order to experience a whole lot of the beautiful sounds, sights, and lore of the one and only Madam Noor Jehan!
P.S. No, no actual video clips in this year’s Noor Jehan birthday post… I do that here often enough and, besides, it would take me some extra time even to think up a selection as nice as the one that I put up for last year’s birthday post, since most of those songs are still going through my head. (And fortunately, they’re all there… Well, the copyright police tend to leave the Pakistani film clips alone for the most part; I don’t have to think as often about replacing those…)