KARACHI - The eighth death anniversary of Melody Queen, Noor Jehan, will be observed on December 23. Pakistan's legendary singer died on December 23, 2000, in Karachi after protracted illness at the age of 74. Various private TV channels, radio stations as well as PTV will telecast special programmes in her remembrance and air her famous songs. While various organisations have also planned to observe the death anniversary of Madam Noor Jehan in different cities as well as in Karachi. Born as Allah Wasai on September 21, 1926, in a modest musician family, Noor Jehan had started her musical career from Calcutta at the age of nine as a singer child star. Noor Jehan, also known as Malika-e-Tarrannum (Queen of Melody) in Pakistan, started sung more than 30,000 songs in Pakistani and Indian films. She made her debut from a Punjabi film "Sheila" produced by Krishna Dev Mehra. Her scores of songs, in both Urdu and Punjabi, made her a popular singer of the 20th century in the sub-continent. She was introduced in films by Krishna Dev Mehra in a film titled "Sheila." But she became popular from the film "Gul-e-Bakauli" in 1938 which was directed by Dalsukh Pancholi. Noori, as she was called as a child, became famous overnight with her first film song "Shaala Jawanian Manen" in the movie "Gul-e-Bakauli," which was composed by late Master Ghulam Haider, who hailed from Lahore. Other films that brought fame to her were "Khandaan," "Dopatta" (1952), "Gulnar" (1953), "Intezar" (1956), "Lakht-e-Jigar" (1956), "Koel" (1959) and "Neend" (1959). As a playback singer, she touched new heights with "Mousiqar" (1962), "Sawal" (1966), "Lakhon Mein Aik" (1967), "Mirza Jatt"(1967), "Dosti" (1971), "Naag Manni" (1972), "Heer Ranjha" (1970), "Sher Khan," "Sala Sahib," "Chan Waryam" (1981), "Sholey" (1984), "Moula Bakhsh" (1988) and innumerable other movies. It was her great success that her voice was so much popular in both Urdu and Punjabi songs and after dominating in Urdu singing she took Punjabi music to new heights. Her voice made Punjabi language very popular and attractive overseas. She gave new meanings and approach to Punjabi songs.