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The 1st death anniversary of famous folk singer Reshma was observed on Monday. 

She was born to a gypsy family at Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Soon after the independence, her family migrated to Pakistan spent much of her childhood singing at mazar.      

At the age of twelve, Reshma was spotted singing at Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine by a producer of Radio Pakistan, who later became its Director General, Saleem Gilani, who arranged for her to make a recording of “Laal Meri” on Radio Pakistan.

She became an instant hit and from that day, she became the most popular folk singer of Pakistan. She appeared on television in 1960s besides recording songs both for Pakistani and Indian film industry and performing at home and abroad.

Some of her famous numbers include “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar”, “Hai O Rabba Nayon Lagda Dil Mera”, “Sun Charkhe Di Mitthi Mitthi Cook”, “Wey Main Chori Chori” and “Akhyan Nu Rehen De Akhyan De Kol Kol”.

She had countless fans in other countries too, including India.

Reshma was known as Nightingale of the Desert for her mesmerizing voice.

Due to her meritorious services in the field of music, she was bestowed upon the honour of Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.

In January 2006, she was one of the passengers on the inaugural Lahore-Amritsar bus, the first such service linking both parts of Punjab since 1947.


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