In a list of 20 Greatest Bollywood singers of all time compiled by UK weekly newspaper Eastern Eye, legendary Pakistani singer Begum Noor Jehan has been ranked 16th even though her stint in Bollywood was short-lived for she migrated to Pakistan post-partition. Her popular songs from the era include, ‘Langh Aja Patan Jhanaan Da O Yaar’ from K.D. Mehra’s Punjabi film Pind Di Kuri and ‘Shala Jawaniyan Maney’ from Punjabi film Gul Bakawli.
According to web reports, the editor of the publication Asjad Nazir, who compiled the list, said the reason behind including Malika-e-Tarannum was the incredible impact she made in Bollywood and outside of it as well. “Noorjehan was the first female singing superstar of Indian cinema and helped laid the foundation for playback singing as we know it,” he said. “She also inspired a generation of singers including Lata Mangeshkar before single-handedly kick-starting music in Pakistan and inspiring subsequent generations there.”
The greatest of them all however, is singer Asha Bhosle, who has been described as phenomenon for what she has shared with the world musically. Surprisingly Asha, whose popular tracks include ‘Dil Cheez Kya Hai’, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ and ‘O Mere Sona Re’, has also beaten her own sister to make it to the top of the list – Lata Mangeshkar who is known as the nightingale of India.
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter to be made into a play next year
Harry Potter, the world’s most famous boy wizard, is set to make his debut on the London stage next year in a new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which has been created in collaboration with author J.K. Rowling.
Rowling said on her Twitter feed that the new play was the result of a collaboration between herself and writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. “I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans,” she said on Twitter. “However, I can say that it is not a prequel!”
One of the world’s best-selling authors, Rowling said she had countless offers to extend the Harry Potter story over the years, but felt the play was the only proper medium for a new story. Tickets for the play, which will open next summer at the Palace Theatre, will go on sale in Autumn. Further details on tickets will be announced on the play’s official website in late July.
The author had previously announced plans for a theatrical production in 2013, exploring the untold story of Harry’s early years as an outcast and orphan. Her seven Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies around the world, and spawned an eight-part film franchise that grossed more than $7 billion at the worldwide box office.
Rowling is also set to make her screenwriting debut with Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will see Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne play the lead character of magizoologist Newt Scamander.