Noor Jehan, also known by her title Malika-e-Tarannum (the queen of melody), was a Pakistani playback singer and actress who worked first in British India and then in the cinema of Pakistan. Her career spanned more than six decades (the 1930s–1990s). Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time especially in South Asia, she was given the title of Malika-e-Tarannum in Pakistan. She had a command of Hindustani classical music as well as other music genres. Along with Ahmed Rushdi, she holds the record for having given voice to the largest number of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema. She is estimated to have made more than 40 films and sung around 20,000 numbers during a career which lasted more than half a century. She is thought to be one of the most prolific singers of all time. She is also considered to be the first female Pakistani film director. She received Sitara-e-Imtiaz and was awarded President’s Pride of Performance for her singing and acting capabilities.