A renowned folk singer Reshma, who was suffering from throat
cancer for a long time, passed away in Lahore on Sunday morning and was said to
be in coma for the past month as the hospital sources said.
Reshma was born at Bikaner, Rahasthan to Banjara family
around 1947, Her family migrated to
Karachi shortly after the partition.
At the age of 12, the legendary singer was spotted singing
at Shahbaz Qalander’s shrine by a television and radio producer, who then
arranged a recording for her of “Laal Meri” on Pakistan radio.
She then turned to become
an instant hit and since then she never looked back, 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 songs 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
Reshma was awarded with several national awards and she also
holds the prestigious awards liken 'Sitara-i-Imtiaz' and 'Legends Of Pakistan' presented
by the President of Pakistan.
Many people of note reacted with sadness on Twitter after
learning of Reshma's death.
Former Junoon guitarist tweeted, "a voice of passion
not of this earth (RIP) 'Hayo Rabba'".
Indian journalist Farzana Versey tweeted, "She broke
the silence of the desert. #Reshma. A voice so wounded, pain became the
Author and journalist Sadia Dehlvi tweeted, "Just heard
of singer Reshma's death. Recall meeting and listening to her several times
over decades. May her soul rest in peace."
Reshma was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s.