Renowned Pakistani folk singer Reshma, suffering from throat cancer for long, passed away in Lahore. Reshma had been in coma for a month before death. She his survived by son Umair and daughter Khadija.
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Born in Bikaner in a Banjara family in 1947, she migrated to Karachi after partition. At 12, a TV and radio producer spotted her singing at Shahbaz Qalander's shrine. The producer arranged for her to record 'Laal Meri' on Pakistan radio, a song which became an instant hit. Reshma was one of the most popular Pak folk singers, appearing on TV in the 1960s and recording songs for both Pakistani and the Indian film industry.
Her death snatches away from music lovers a rare, raw talent which evoked pain, anguish and longing through her songs. Her memorable songs include 'Dama Dam Mast Kalandar', 'Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera', 'Sun charkhe di mithi mithi cook mahiya meinu yaad aunda', 'Wey main chori chori', 'Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol' and 'Lambi Judai'. RIP