• Birthday: 15. June 1929
  • Birthplace: Gujranwala, Punjab Province, British India


Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh, known as Suraiya(Urdu( ثریا)[1][2][3] or Suraiyya (15 June 1929 – 31 January 2004), was a singer and actress in Indian films in the 40s and 50s. She was a popular actress and singer and was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum (Urdu: ملکہ ترنم, English: the queen of melody) in the sub-continent. Later the title was given to Noor Jehan 1930–1947, 1963.

Born to the owner of a small furniture shop in Gujranwala, Punjab, (which is in modern-day Pakistan). She was the only child of her parents. She was not formally trained in music; yet she went on to become a successful singing actress.

Suraiya was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, British India(which is in modern-day Pakistan), to the owner of a small furniture shop. Later her father moved to Lahore and Suraiya was taken to Bombay on the request of her mother, maternal grandmother and uncle. No one heard of Suraiya's father again after that time. She attended New Girls' also known as J.B. Petit High School for Girls, in Fort, Mumbai. She received religious Islamic teachings in Persian at home.