Reshman was born to a Pakkhiwas
(gypsy) family in Rajasthan
one year after Independence. Her father, Haji Muhammad Mushtaq
, was a camel and horse trader from Malashi.They traded in horses, cows and goats. Reshma
belonged to a tribe which had converted to Islam. Her tribe migrated to Karachi shortly after Independence.
Gifted with a melodious voice, Reshman did not receive any formal education. She spent much of her childhood singing at the Mazars
(shrines) of the mystic saints of Sindh
. Early life of Reshma
Folk singer Reshma.
When she was twelve years old, she was spotted singing at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
by then Pakistani television and radio producer, Saleem Gilani.“She refused to enter the studio, and said a man was standing inside, referring to the pillar-like structure that was actually the microphone,” said Sarvat Ali Khan,
a Radio Pakistan producer, whose father composed most of her songs.
Her First Song
Gilani arranged for her to make a recording of "Laal Meri Pat Rakhio" on Radio Pakistan in 1968.She became an instant hit and since that day, Reshma has been one of the most popular folk singers of Pakistan, and garnered international renown.
She was also Famous across the border
Her fame had crossed the border, thanks to pirated tapes. She was able to perform live in India much later, during the 1980s when India and Pakistan allowed exchange of artists. Subhash Ghai used her voice in the film Hero, which featured one of her most famous songs, Lambi Judai
. During her career she was invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
In 2004, she recorded Ashkan Di Gali Vich Mukaam De Gaya
, which was used in the Bollywood film Woh Tera Naam Tha
, and was also a hit record in India.
Some Famous Songs of Reshma
 Reshma's Songs
- Akhian Mila Ke Channa
- Akhian Nu Rehn De
- Chal Dila Labhan Chaliye
- Dama Dam Mast Qalandar
- Dhole Ri Moomal
- Eh Tan Mera (Sultan Bahu)
- Hai O Rabba Naeeo Lagda Dil Mera
- Jadon Mahi Yaad Aave
- Kithe Nain Na Joreen (Manzoor Jhalla)
- Laal Mari Pat Rakhio Balla
- Lambi Judai
- Na Dil Dendi Bedardi Nu
- Phool Banro
- Rabba Sada Mahi Mail De
- Rajj Gallan Na Keetian
- Sade Wal Mukhra Mor (Bulleh Shah)
- Senraan Ra Baairya
- Tak Pattri Walia Lekh Mere
- Uth Gaye Gwandhon Yaar
- Ve Main Chori Chori (Manzoor Jhalla)
Reshma was Simple and Very Simple
Reshma was the name of simplicity
Despite her fame, Reshma
was modest. She dressed conservatively in a Shalwar Kameez
and was rarely seen without a Dupatta
covering her head. And her Mehfils (public performances) were devoid of histrionics.
was diagnosed with throat cancer in the 1980s. In later years, her health deteriorated, leading President Pervez Musharraf
to come to her aid, giving her one million Rupees to help pay off a bank loan, as well as putting her on a secured assistance of 10,000 rupees
per month. He also helped her secure a plot of land for herself, but that did not go through due to the change in government. Her health deteriorated to such an extent that she was hospitalised in Lahore, Pakistan in 'Doctors Hospital' on 6 April 2013. The Punjab, Pakistan caretaker government elected to pay all her medical expenses.
The Desert Queen Reshma was died on November 3rd, 2013
Reshma fell into a coma in October 2013 and died on 3 November 2013
in a Lahore hospital.
Created By: Muhammad Saqib Munir
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