Noor Jehan was a Pakistani actress and playback singer. In a career spanning over 60 years, she is estimated to have sung around 20,000 songs. One of the most important Pakistani singers of all time, Noor Jehan is also widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest South Asian singers of all time.
Known as the Queen of Pop in South Asia back in the 1980s, Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan soared to fame with tracks such as Aap Jaisa Koi and Boom Boom. She began her career as part of a duo with her brother, Zoheb Hassan. She died of lung cancer at 35.
Yasmine Yousaf is a Pakistani American singer, songwriter, and rapper. She is best known as one half of the popular American electronic dance music duo, Krewella, which also includes her sister Jahan Yousaf. Yasmine Yousaf and her sister achieved popularity in 2013 when they released their debut studio album, Get Wet, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200.
Pakistani actress-model-singer Ayesha Omar, regarded a style icon, is counted among the most-famous and highest-paid actresses of her country. She gained-prominence starring in the Pakistani series Bulbulay. Moving on, she bolstered her career starring in series like Zindagi Gulzar Hai and films like Karachi Se Lahore; and with the album Khamoshi that won her Lux Style Award for Best Album.
Pakistani actress, comedian, singer and playwright Bushra Iqbal, recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz award and Pride of Performance award, commenced her career as child artist. Over the years, she has worked in several films, telefilms and television shows and is best-known for appearing in some of the most-watched shows of PTV, including the sketch-comedy series Fifty Fifty and the satirical-drama Angan Terha.
Meesha Shafi is a Pakistani-born Canadian actress, model, artist, and singer. She is best known for her portrayal of Laxmi in a 2013 Pakistani action-thriller film titled Waar, which earned her an ARY Film Award under the Best Supporting Actress category. Waar remains one of the highest-grossing films in Pakistan.
British singer and model Noor-ul-in "Annie" Khalid became famous in Pakistan with her first single Mahiya that emerged as a big hit and the most-played Pakistani song during 2005-07. The song was used in the Indian neo-noir action thriller film Awarapan. Her fundraising efforts for Pakistani flood victims led Khalid to become Red Cross Goodwill ambassador of Norway in 2011.
Iqbal Bano was a Pakistani ghazal singer best remembered for her classical thumris and semi-classical ghazal songs. She was renowned for singing the ghazals of the Lenin Prize-winning poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. In 1974, Iqbal Bano was honored with the prestigious Presidential Pride of Performance Award for her contribution to music.
Ghazala Javed was a Pakistani Pashtun singer whose songs achieved popularity in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and among the Pashtun population around the world. One of the most-sought after and popular Pashto singers of her generation, Javed was honored with a Khyber Award in 2011. Ghazala Javed was shot dead on June 18, 2012, at the age of 24.