Pride of Pakistan – Farida Khanum: The Iconic Ghazal Singer

Popular and greatest ghazal singer of Pakistan Farida Khanum

Farida Khanum the iconic ghazal singer of Pakistan was born in 1935 in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the pre partitioned India. She was brought up in the city of Amristar.

She showed inclination towards music from an early age and used to accompany her elder sister Mukhtar Begum to Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan’s place where she (Mukhtar Begum) went for riyaaz (practice of classical music).

Mukhtar Begum was more than a sister to Farida Khanum; he was also her first teacher of classical music. From the tender age of seven, Farida Khanum learnt khayal from her sister. Later under Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan’s guidance she perfected her singing skills.

She chose to migrate to Pakistan when India was partitioned in 1947. Farida Khanum’s first public appearance was in 1950. She later sang for the Radio Pakistan; her deep rich voice ruled over the hearts of Pakistanis and fans across the border for years. Even today her melodious voice and her perfect rendition of ghazals remain unmatched.

When on stage her majestic presence, her total command over the classical raags and her style of delivering the lyrics really overawes the audience; after all she is the Malika e Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals).

Farida Khanum was awarded the Hilal-e- Imtiaz by the Pakistani government in 2005. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh honored her with the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award in 2005 too.

At the age of 74, Farida Khanum still exudes the same charm and magic when she sings. Farida Khanum is a living legend, a strong pillar on which the Pakistani music industry stands.

Author MairaS:
Webpreneur. CEO ContentCreatorZ Pakistan. Managing Partner Media Marketing Services.


2 Responses to “Pride of Pakistan – Farida Khanum: The Iconic Ghazal Singer”
  1. Dr. Habib Khan says:

    Mera salam saray pakistanion koe pohnchay.
    Our Live Legend Ms. Farida Khanum is pakistan’s biggest asset in music world.
    She is such a great Ghazal singer for decades.
    I am her fan for more than thirty years and will be her fan till my last breathe.
    God keep all the evil forces from her and give her long life so she keep giving urdu lovers a gift of Ghazale for years to come.
    Long Livr Farida Khanum,Long live Pakistan
    Pakistan Zindaabad,Pakistan Paindabad.

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