Legendary Singer Passes Away

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 Judai”.


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 song."


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.

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