Pakistan’s legendary folk singer Reshma– the ‘Nightingale of Desert,’ passed away four years back on November 3. Nationwide, the Sufic female singer’s death anniversary is being observed today.
Born in Bikander in the Rajasthan desert region of the country to the Banjara family around 1947, Reshma became famous after coming into notice by a television and radio producer in the early 70s while singing at Shahbaz Qalander’s shrine. The Sufic singer went on to record her very first hit “Laal Meri” – becoming one of the most popular folk singers subsequently.
She started appearing on television screens since 1968 and lent her vocals to songs for both the Pakistani as well as Indian film industry. She performed in live concerts at both home and abroad.
Among some of Reshma’s most famous numbers are “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar”, “Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera”, “Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol” and “Lambi Judai”.
Honored with several national awards, Reshma holds the badge to prestigious awards like the Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Legends of Pakistan handed over by the President of Pakistan.