JAHAN ARA KUNJAN OF MONGHEER RISING STAR OF INDIA
DANCING AND SINGING FROM CALCUTTA TO LAHORE
Owner of her own theatrical company
On 25th February, 1938, Jahan Ara Kunjan came from Calcutta to Lahore and spent three months here with her theatrical company. She had spent Sixty thousand rupees on the project at that time. She was the owner of the company and administered it too. But she was also the singer and dancer of the shows, two of which were held daily in Lahore. Hakeem Yusuf of Lahore was her patron here.
M.A. Rahman Chughtai had just come back from a tour of Europe and Hakeem Yusuf wanted him to meet this singer and dancer, and introduced her to the artist. At the age of merely 20/22 she had started her career in a big way. She was alone at that job and under gaze of many rivals. Certainly M.A. Rahman Chughtai who was very fond of theater shows, viewed her performance in Lahore.
Jahan Ara went from Lahore to Amritsar and then to Multan. She would have carved an even greater name for herself in the region, but she died young. Hakeem Yusuf was constantly advising her on health issues as well as sending medicines to her from Lahore. At that time for Calcutta stars to take opinion of Lahori persons was a great achievement in itself.