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

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

Born in Bikaner, Rajasthan to Banjara family around 1947, Reshma's tribe migrated to Karachi shortly after partition.

Having received no formal education, she was only 12 when she was 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.

The song was an instant hit, and Reshma went on to become one of the most popular folk singers of Pakistan, appearing on television in the 1960s, as well as recording songs for both the Pakistani and Indian film industry.

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.

Many people of note reacted with sadness on Twitter after learning of Reshma's death.

Former Junoon guitarist, Salman Ahmed, 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."

She his survived by a son Umair and daughter Shazia.

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November 3, 2013 9:09 am

Very sad news! She was gem of a singer. Her voice had an emotional, heart string pulling feel. Though she lived in Pakistan after partition, she was born in Rajasthan. Folk singers from Rajasthan have rich voice and great heritage. There must be something special in soil there. Rest in peace Reshma. You will be missed by music lovers in Pakistan, India and beyond!

Bilal Khan
November 3, 2013 9:13 am


November 3, 2013 9:49 am

Another Gem passed away. May Allah rest her soul in Peace.

Ravi (Nagpur)
November 3, 2013 9:47 am

Feroz Khan, Yash Chopda, Rajesh Khanna, Manna dey now Reshma 1970-1980's whole celebraties almost lost.

November 3, 2013 10:24 am

Very Sad. A legendary singer.

Sadashiv Rao
November 3, 2013 11:01 am

Inka gaana sunne se yaado ke buniyado ki hilaldethi,thi Really Your are great, great,& great & No one can replace you " Reshma " as the name so as the voice RIP

November 3, 2013 11:55 am

We have lost a legend.. RIP Reshma. People are going to miss you in decades to come.

N K Ali
November 3, 2013 11:55 am

Reshma is no more with us and has gone back to where all living things return. Her songs reminded us of different lives and lifted the hearts of millions bringing back memories of another time and place. She will be dearly missed but not forgotten. Salams

November 3, 2013 12:36 pm

Rest in Peace Reshmaji. You will live in our hearts forever.

Javaid Bashir
November 3, 2013 12:38 pm

It is a sad news for the nation. Reshma was unique artiste. the voice of desert has been silenced. she was natural born singer. Very few singers are born with such talents. her voice had pathos and great depth of clarity that felt so pleasant and melodious.

She was discovered by the legendary Radio producer at a Saint's shrine where she was singing. He brought the real talent in her . He did a great service to the nation, by introducing her to the world. she was a raw diamond that was polished by him.

She sang the folk songs and made them immortal; She reins the world of music for decades. Her rendition of lyrics was exceptionally . beautiful .in the singing field. She ruled it alone for decades to come.

She has been paid rich tributes by the famous singers like Shafqat Ali Khan anf Surraya Khanum It is disheartening and pathetic that no one from the film industry has reached her family house to offer the condolences,

She will be remembered for ever as the Balbul- e- Sahara . May Allah rest her soul in peace and eternal tranquility. and give patience and courage to her family to bear the irreparable loss.

Javaid Bashir Bedford, NH,USA

November 3, 2013 12:44 pm

Lambi Judai :-( RIP Reshma!

November 3, 2013 1:05 pm

Lambi judaai is my all time fav. may your soul rip. Love from India

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
November 3, 2013 1:48 pm


From Almighty God we come and to HIM we all have to return one day, sooner or later.

Successful are only those who have spent this mortal and transient life in-line with the teachings of the Holy Quran and the great Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

May God Almighty bless the departed soul of Reshma with peace and solace in the Jannatual Firdous and grant her bereaved family, friends, relatives, peers, pals, associates, colleagues, fans, sponsors, supporters, clan and neighborhood people at large the courage and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Aameen, Tsum Aameen.

November 3, 2013 2:18 pm

Rest in peace Reshma!

November 3, 2013 2:24 pm

Having such great heritages, still these nations fights each other. What can be more painful than this.

November 3, 2013 2:24 pm

my heartiest condolences to her immediate family, and to her extended family, the entire Pakistan. we have lost one of our most beautiful gems. it was our good fortune to be her hamwatan. there has not been a week that i didnt turn on one of her performances on you tube. an alto of rare quality, pleasant on its own no matter what words she sang. fame never changed her attitude, illness never change her fortitude...what a human! baree lambi judai paa gaye o reshma ji. as pervez mehdi sang to you in 'main jana perdes' "rab rakhay khair te milaan gay kadi akay". may Rabb Sohna bless your soul.

November 3, 2013 3:13 pm

Thats a big loss indeed

November 3, 2013 3:20 pm

Rest in Peace Reshma, we will miss your "Lumbi Judai".

Dr. B. N. Anand
November 3, 2013 3:38 pm

Saddened by this news. Reshma's haunting voice will always ring in our ears. May she rest in peace.

November 3, 2013 3:59 pm

If better treatment was available in India, why she was not brought India for treatment , so that v could have a opportunity to live with such legend for few more years.

Sikander Mir-Kohler
November 3, 2013 4:11 pm

sad news, She was a legend in her life time. Pakistan lost a unique artiste. May Allah rest her soul in peace and give patience to her family and every one who loved her

Muhammed Ahmed Khan
November 3, 2013 4:28 pm

RIP Reshma, you are the one of few people who are the soft intro of this turbulent nation. Finally another migration to the heaven you really belong to......

November 3, 2013 4:46 pm


Muhammad Soban Ali Shah
November 3, 2013 5:16 pm

The singing history of Pakistan.

November 3, 2013 5:48 pm

Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera, RIP Reshma ji

azmat khan
November 3, 2013 6:03 pm

Reshma will be remembered and missed for a long time. Hai O Rabba Nahiun Lagda Dil Mera. God bless you.

Rama Ratnam
November 3, 2013 6:00 pm

A great voice, and a great lady. Her voice came seemingly from the depths of the earth. It was rich, deep, earthy, and yet enchantingly mellifluous. Now she is gone. Now I am melancholic. Now I will hear her voice only as a memory.

November 3, 2013 7:16 pm

Pakistan lost a legend today. An icon in our folk music culture May She Rest in Peace. May Allah bless her and grant her place in Jannah. Ameen!

November 3, 2013 8:49 pm

May God bless her and rest in peace. Her voice was not comparable.

Anil Shivaram
November 3, 2013 8:59 pm

BADI LAMBI JUDAI....Can not stop tears...


November 3, 2013 8:55 pm

may her soul get peace.

Ayesha Khan
November 3, 2013 10:13 pm

Reshma was the Queen of the Folk Melodies, her voice was immatchable, although she is no more among us but her beautiful numbers will always remain in our hearts. She was a wonderful person besides a singer.

Her contribution is great and we shall always remain indebted . We pray that God Almighty will place her in the Jannat-to-Firdous where she actually belongs.Maeri Hamjoliyan Kuch Yaha Kuch Waha --- Reshama RIP -

rafiq meghani
November 3, 2013 10:24 pm

tears in my eyes. RIP lambi (or choti) judai, khuda jane ?

November 3, 2013 10:19 pm

Since last five or six years I started to listen to Reshma's music again and fell in love with it . I Iisten to her melodious and heartwarming music all the time and her passing away would be a great loss to the world of music. May God bless her soul.

November 3, 2013 10:24 pm

A lady with a unique voice whom we will never see again 'Nayun lagda dil mera'

November 3, 2013 11:02 pm


November 3, 2013 11:04 pm

Your songs became memories of my childhood, have no words to explain how you brought love and pain of our culture in your songs. It always felt your voice was coming from Heavens and I am sure that's where you are today!

November 3, 2013 11:12 pm


Ghulam Rasul Shahzad
November 3, 2013 11:41 pm

Inna lillahe wa inna ilahe rajioon ! From Allah we have come and to Whom we have to return. BULBUL-E-Sahra Reshman has passed away today i.e. 3 November,2013. Her death is another loss of a brilliant singer whose memorable voice and songs will be long remembered. May Allah grant her jannat and patience to the members of her family and the lovers of her songs ! Through her contribution , she will always be remembered.

Ghulam Rasul Shahzad OBE Chairman Action for Pakistan, International Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Khalid Chaudhry
November 3, 2013 11:38 pm

Thank you for great memories, I cherished you while you were amongst us and will do until I am no more.

November 4, 2013 12:40 am

Reshmaji this is permanent judai with your fans. RIP

Narinder Singh Parvana
November 4, 2013 1:44 am

@Satish: If it is really so then why all the politicians keep on rushing to America for treatment even for very minor ailments. From Jay Prakash Narayan, Late Prime Minister VP Singh to Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and all powerful Mrs Sonia Gandhi. Mr Satish, a sweet voice left us and this is a time of mourning and not for point scoring.

November 4, 2013 2:53 am

Yes indeed. A true legend folk singer who will be missed. May God rest her soul.

November 4, 2013 2:58 am

Yes indeed this will be a "LAMBI JUDAI". Rest in Peace!

Kadir Khan from TX
November 4, 2013 4:07 am

saddened by the news, many childhood memories associated with her singing. "meray humjoliyan kuch yehan kuch wahan...". RIP.

Ranjeet Singh Bukhara
November 4, 2013 5:58 am

Reshma our Sister was a legend. Legends never die they only become greater as the years pass by.

Dawinder Singh Sagoo
November 4, 2013 6:46 am

I met her sometimes ago and she sang so many beautifull and painfull songs she was like a Sister to her Sikh brothers.

Me and my family loved here very much and we will miss her very very much.

November 4, 2013 6:43 am

May God bless you rest and peace.

November 4, 2013 7:06 am

Lambi Judai...One of the best songs heard from one of the greatest Folk singers. RIP Reshmaji. It is truly ironic that such wonderful throat that created masterpieces, caught up with cancer. Voice was truly golden. Will be remembered for long.

November 4, 2013 7:24 am

Her voice had such intensity, It was unbelievable. She was one of a kind.. May her soul rest in peace.

November 4, 2013 7:27 am

Her voice had such intensity that it touched one's soul. She will always be remembered. May her soul rest in peace.

November 4, 2013 7:36 am

Yeh lambi judai ab kabhi khatam na hogi. Reshma ji bhagwan apki atma ko shanti de. Raj from India

November 4, 2013 4:56 pm

A unique distinguished voice of reshmaji which will be missed by both india and pakistan.Haye o rabba. lumbi juddai was my all time favourites.May you rest in peace Harb

November 5, 2013 1:16 am

Her voice has no bounderies, rest in peace great soul....... She is in better place Lambi Judai........ :(

November 5, 2013 1:40 am

Not sure about her family financial situation and we should consider setting up a fund at least for her family to have better financial life so they should feel proud of her mother...She did not enjoy any financial security and other than awards, not much financial gains from her singing. We must remember such great singers by supporting them financially.

November 5, 2013 3:54 am

Reshma was not only great artist but also a great human being. "Such Good People are required in Heaven too" and so we have lost her physical presence. She will live on in our hearts and minds and in the arts of our subcontinent. This is Lambi Judai. Bless your Heart dear departed Lady.

Lakhkar Khan
November 5, 2013 8:16 pm

Rest in Peace!
Lumbi Judai char Dinah da pyar oye Rabba. You will be missed dearly. I grew up listening to your music. You are maybe gone but your legacy will live on for a long time. Thank you for your contribution to music.

November 6, 2013 4:38 pm

from her debut performance in BW era of PTV, I became an intimate fan of Reshman. Her rustic melodious vibes moves the strings of my body & soul, she is very much alive in her songs - an eternal voice !

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