Noor Jehan is among 20 greatest Bollywood singers of all time

Noor Jehan has helped laid the foundation of playback singing in India, says Eastern Eye editor
Updated 26 Jun, 2015 01:12pm

Legendary Pakistani singer Noor Jehan has been named in the list of 20 greatest Bollywood singers of all time by UK based Eastern Eye newspaper.

The Malika-e-Tarannum came in at number 16 despite only singing for Bollywood for a relatively short period of time before she migrated to Pakistan during partition.

The top slot on the Bollywood greatest singers list was attained by veteran singer Asha Bhosle, who beat her elder sister Lata Mangashkar in popularity.

Eastern Eye entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who compiled the list, said Noor Jehan made it to the list because of the incredible impact she made within Bollywood and outside it.

“Noorjehan was the first female singing superstar of Indian cinema and helped laid the foundation for playback singing as we know it. She also inspired a generation of singers including Lata Mangeshkar before single-handedly kick-starting music in Pakistan and inspiring subsequent generations there,” said Nazir.