Folk singer Reshma dies of Cancer


LAHORE: Legendary folk singer Reshma, passed away in Lahore on Sunday morning,

Reshma had been in coma for a month after being diagnosed with throat cancer years ago, hospital sources.

Born in Bikaner, Rajasthan belonged to Banjara family 1947, Reshma’s family migrated to Karachi after partition.

She was only 12 when she was spotted singing at Shahbaz Qalander’s shrine by a television and radio producer, who arranged for her to record “Laal Meri” on Pakistan radio.

After that Reshma went on to become one of the most popular folk singers of Pakistan, performing on television in the 1960s, recording songs for both the Pakistani and Indian film industry.

Some of her famous numbers include “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar“, “Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol” and “Lambi Judai”.

Reshma was awarded many national awards and she also holds the prestigious awards ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz‘ and ‘Legends of Pakistan’ given by the President of Pakistan.

She was survived by a son Umair and daughter Shazia.

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