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Legendary singer Reshma passes away

- November 03, 2013 - Updated 77 PKT - From Web Edition

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.

Reader Comments
She died singing songs and not reciting the verses of Quran, somebody should have told her to recite first kalima at the time of death. She has gone back to one of the two places where everything and everybody returns.

Reshma is no more with us and has gone back to where everything and everybody returns. Her songs lifted the hearts of millions and brought back memories of another time and place. She will be dearly missed but not forgotten. Salams

N K Ali
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