Taranum Naz Rekindles
Memories of Madam Noor Jahan
Taranum Naz, Sarfaraz Khan and Tahir
A spectacular musical
evening was held at the Shahnawaz Restaurant, Lakewood,
on the eve of the New Year with Taranum Naz, a disciple
of the late melody queen Noor Jahan, mesmerizing the audience
with her scintillating performance. There were many in the
audience who felt , with no small degree of conviction,
that Taranum deserved to be bestowed the title of the ‘current
The highly enjoyable event was organized by the Khan Entertainment
Group, which has become a well-known name in the community.
Sarfaraz Khan presented Taranum to the audience who applauded
her performance with spontaneity and marked appreciation.
The voice of Taranum Naz appeared indistinguishable from
that of the illustrious melody queen Noor Jahan. Taranum
Naz is a trained playback singer and has won accolades for
her TV and film songs that she has sung for Sangam, Phool
aur Khuboo, Dil da Badsha and Khali Phool. She is the disciple
of the late madam Noor Jahan, and thanks to her devotion,
she has received many awards including the “Pride
of Performance” by the Government of Pakistan.
Taranum Naz with prominent community
Taranum began her career
as a vocalist from Radio Pakistan in 1974. She has earned
wide appreciation for keeping alive the tradition of Madam
Noor Jahan. Her renderings in semi classical style are considered
to be of the highest order.
The event began with Tarannum singing ‘Awaz de kahan
hai’ at 10:15 pm. The audience was glued to their
seats. They were in a state of ecstasy till the end of the
show at 1:30 marking the first morning of the New Year.
She also sang a number of classical ghazals including ‘Muddat
hooi hai Yar ko Mehman kiay howayTaranum spiritedly sang
a number of popular songs for more than three and half hours
without any break. .” Popular Punjabi song ‘Sanyoni
mera mahi mery bhag jagawan agaya’ was heartily applauded
by the audience.
Another feature of the performance was that there were only
two instruments, tabla and a keyboard, that were played
to support the artist. The keyboard was played by Boby Wazir
(son of late famous music director Bakshi Wazir) and the
tabla by Asif Hassan Mehdi (son of another living legend,
ghazal king Mehdi Hassan).
The show ended with the Sufi song ‘Lal Meri Pat Rakhio.’
Tahir Hussain, a local singer, also performed at beginning
of the show and sang some old songs of Ahmed Rushdi.
Sarfaraz Khan of Khan Construction thanked all guests for
their presence. Khalid Khaja, Dr. Feroz Alam and Atia Niazi
also spoke on behalf of the Los Angeles community and thanked
Sarfaraz Khan for bringing famous singers from Pakistan
to perform in the US to the delight of the Pakistanis living
in this country.