Reshma, the Nightingale of Desert, alive in hearts

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LAHORE: Fourth death anniversary of folk singer Reshma was observed on Friday.

Reshma was born in Bikaner of Rajasthan province, India in 1947. Her family migrated to Pakistan after partition.

She started her singing career in her young age and sang hundreds of songs and Sufi poetry till her death on November 3, 2014.

She also sang dozens of hit songs of Pakistani films which earned fame worldwide.

She recorded her first instant hit “Laal Meri” on Pakistan radio after being spotted by a television and radio producer while singing at Shahbaz Qalander’s shrine.

Reshma went on to become the most popular folk singers of Pakistan, appearing on television since 1968, recording songs for both the Pakistani and Indian film industry, and performing in live concerts at home and abroad.

Her fans gave her the title of ‘Nightingale of Desert’.

Some of her famous numbers include “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar”, “Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera”, “Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol” and “Lambi Judai”.

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

She died due to throat cancer in 2013 after being in coma for a month. – Samaa/APP
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Story first published: 3rd November 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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