NOOR Jehan, the melody queen who enchanted millions of music lovers in the subcontinent for more than half a century passed away 11 years ago in Karachi on December 23, 2000. Those who witnessed her meteoric rise from a child artist, Baby Noor Jehan, to Malika-e-Tarannum greatly miss the phenomenal musical genius. No other singing star of the sub-continent in the 20th century ever reached the commanding heights of name and fame achieved by Noor Jehan, the nightingale of Punjab. She brought a revolution in the world of popular music and even gave form and content to Punjabi folk songs.Born at Kasur in a family of professional musicians in 1926, she was named Allah Wasai. From early childhood, she showed unusual interest in music. After listening to any folk song, she would imitate it to perfection. Struck by her inborn talent, her mother arranged for her training in music along with her elder sister Eidan who was already learning dance and music. In those days, Calcutta, with its chain of theatres, drama companies and film studios, was a mecca of performing artists, script writers, lyricists, etc. A number of Punjabis in this field like Agha Hashr Kashmiri, Kidar Sharma K.L. Saigal, K.D. Mehra and others had gone to Calcutta in search of fame and fortune. So, in the mid-30s the family moved to Calcutta in the hope of finding an opening for the two sisters in local theatre companies. They soon got an opportunity to sing and dance on the stage.