Pakistan's renowned folk singer Reshma passed away after protracted illness in Lahore Sunday morning. She was 66.
She had been suffering from throat cancer and was in coma for the last two months.
Reshma was diagnosed with cancer in 1980. Former president Pervez Musharraf gave her one million rupees for treatment.
Reshma was born to a gypsy family at Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan around 1947. Soon after the independence‚ her family migrated to Karachi, Pakistan. Reshma spent much of her childhood singing at mazars.
Having received no formal education, she was only 12 when she was spotted singing at Shahbaz Qalander's shrine by a television and radio producer, who arranged for her to record of "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.