LAHORE: A renowned folk singer Reshma, who was suffering from throat cancer for a long time, passed away in Lahore on Sunday morning, hospital sources said.
According to the hospital sources, Reshma was in coma for a month.
She was born in Bikaner, Rahasthan to Banjara family around 1947. Her tribe migrated to Karachi shortly after the partition.
At the age of 12, the legendary singer was spotted singing at Shahbaz Qalander’s shrine by television and radio producer, who arrange for her to make a recording of “Laal Meri” on Pakistan radio.
She became an instant hit and since that day, Reshma has been one of the most popular folk singers of Pakistan, appearing on television in the 1960s, recording songs for both the Pakistani and Indian film industry, and performing at home and abroad.
Some of her famous numbers are "Dama Dam Mast Kalandar", "Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera", "Sun charkhe di mithi mithi cook mahiya meinu yaad aunda", "Wey main chori chori", "Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol" and “Lambi Judai”.
Reshma was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s.