Date of Death: 03/11/2013
Cause of Death: Throat Cancer
- Reshma was a Pakistani folk singer who became popular for her unique and deep voice. She was named as the Nightingale of the Desert, received Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third highest honor and civilian award in Pakistan. He started his career with a song he recorded for Pakistan Radio and is still remembered for his mesmerizing voice. He recorded many songs for Pakistani and Indian film industry.
- Reshma was born in 1947 in a Banjara family in Bikaner, Rajasthan. It was the year of India’s independence and the partition of India and Pakistan. During Partition Reshma moved to Karachi with her family. She was from a tribe that had been converted to Islam and her father, Haji Muhammad Mushtaq was a camel and horse trader from Malachi, Iran. He also had a younger sister, Kaneez Reshma.
- In those days, a girl’s education was no longer considered that important and that was the reason why her family did not make any effort for her education. She had no family background or formal musical training, but was still good at singing. She used to sing in the temples of Sindh, Pakistan at an early age. Once she was singing at the Dargah of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar when she was discovered by a local producer named Salim Gilani. He was impressed by her voice and offered her to record a track for Pakistan Radio.
- She was just 12 years old when she recorded her first song Laal Meri Pat Rakhiyo for Pakistan Radio. For some reason, he and his family fled after the recording and were requested to return.
- The success of this song marked the beginning of her journey as a singer. He worked in both Pakistani and Indian film industry with his increasing popularity. Some of his all-time hits include Ankhiyan Nu Rehn De, Oh Lal Meri, Hi Oh Rabba and Sada Chidiya Da Chamba Ve. The depth and power of his voice caught the attention of filmmaker Subhash Ghai. He offered her to sing the popular song Lambi Judai for his movie Hero. Not only this, his song Ankhiyan Nu Rehen De Ankhyan De Kol Kol was used by Raj Kapoor in his film Bobby and was sung by the famous singer Lata Mangeshkar.
- Reshma got married and had a son named Umair and a daughter named Khadija.
- For his contribution to music, he received Pride of Performance Award by the Government of Pakistan in 1982.
- he also received Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award, which is the Star of Excellence Award by the President of Pakistan in 2008
- She was in a coma when Reshma passed away in 2013. She was suffering from throat cancer for a long time and was admitted to the Doctors Hospital in Lahore on 6 April 2013. When he was admitted, the Pakistani government decided to pay his medical bills and the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf offered financial help of 1 crore to repay Reshma’s bank loan. But unfortunately, she could not be saved and died on 3 November 2013.