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Legendary folk singer Reshma dies

Updated Nov 03, 2013 01:58pm


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Pakistani folk singer Reshma. — File Photo
Pakistani folk singer Reshma. — File Photo

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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Bhattu_kid Nov 03, 2013 09:09am

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 Nov 03, 2013 09:13am


Azam Nov 03, 2013 09:49am

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

Ravi (Nagpur) Nov 03, 2013 09:47am

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

sami Nov 03, 2013 10:24am

Very Sad. A legendary singer.

Sadashiv Rao Nov 03, 2013 11:01am

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

Tejaswi Nov 03, 2013 11:55am

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

N K Ali Nov 03, 2013 11:55am

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

zafarov Nov 03, 2013 12:36pm

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

Javaid Bashir Nov 03, 2013 12:38pm

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

V1 Nov 03, 2013 12:44pm

Lambi Judai :-( RIP Reshma!

SRK Nov 03, 2013 01:05pm

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

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 03, 2013 01:48pm


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.

N.P. Nov 03, 2013 02:18pm

Rest in peace Reshma!

Saket Nov 03, 2013 02:24pm

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

sherie Nov 03, 2013 02:24pm

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.

Sh Nov 03, 2013 03:13pm

Thats a big loss indeed

Ahmed Nov 03, 2013 03:20pm

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

Dr. B. N. Anand Nov 03, 2013 03:38pm

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

Satish Nov 03, 2013 03:59pm

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 Nov 03, 2013 04:11pm

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 Nov 03, 2013 04:28pm

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......

peace Nov 03, 2013 04:46pm


Muhammad Soban Ali Shah Nov 03, 2013 05:16pm

The singing history of Pakistan.

pankaj Nov 03, 2013 05:48pm

Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera, RIP Reshma ji

azmat khan Nov 03, 2013 06:03pm

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

Rama Ratnam Nov 03, 2013 06:00pm

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.

Saad Nov 03, 2013 07:16pm

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!

Arsalan Nov 03, 2013 08:49pm

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

Anil Shivaram Nov 03, 2013 08:59pm

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


sschauhan Nov 03, 2013 08:55pm

may her soul get peace.

Ayesha Khan Nov 03, 2013 10:13pm

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 Nov 03, 2013 10:24pm

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

Pervez Nov 03, 2013 10:19pm

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.

bushra Nov 03, 2013 10:24pm

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

MALIK ASIM Nov 03, 2013 11:02pm


Imtiaz Nov 03, 2013 11:04pm

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!

MALIK ASIM Nov 03, 2013 11:12pm


Ghulam Rasul Shahzad Nov 03, 2013 11:41pm

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 Nov 03, 2013 11:38pm

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

VRM Nov 04, 2013 12:40am

Reshmaji this is permanent judai with your fans. RIP

Narinder Singh Parvana Nov 04, 2013 01:44am

@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.

Raja Nov 04, 2013 02:53am

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

LAMBI JUDAI Nov 04, 2013 02:58am

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

Kadir Khan from TX Nov 04, 2013 04:07am

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

Ranjeet Singh Bukhara Nov 04, 2013 05:58am

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

Dawinder Singh Sagoo Nov 04, 2013 06:46am

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.

Allan Nov 04, 2013 06:43am

May God bless you rest and peace.

Anand Nov 04, 2013 07:06am

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.

najam Nov 04, 2013 07:24am

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

najam Nov 04, 2013 07:27am

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

Raj Nov 04, 2013 07:36am

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

Harb Nov 04, 2013 04:56pm

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

Davinder Nov 05, 2013 01:16am

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

Sohail Nov 05, 2013 01:40am

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.

sukhbir Nov 05, 2013 03:54am

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 Nov 05, 2013 08:16pm

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.

Roshni Nov 06, 2013 04:38pm

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 !