(born 1935) is a Pakistani Ghazal
singer from Punjab
. The Times of India
has called her "Malika-e-Ghazal" (Queen of Ghazal).
In 2005, she was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz
, Pakistan's second highest civilian honour by President Pervez Musharraf
Born in (1935) in Calcutta
and raised in Amritsar
. Her sister is Mukhtar Begum
She started learning Khayal from her sister Mukhtar Begum at age seven and later learnt classical music from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan
. Her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her, a seven-year-old Farida, to Khan’s place for riyaaz. She migrated to Pakistan
after partition of India
Farida Khanum gave her first public concert in 1950 and then joined Radio Pakistan where she courted fame and fortune. She became a star when Pakistan’s president Ayub Khan invited her to a public recital in the ’60s.
The ghazal she is most associated with is "Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Naa Karo".
Farida Khanum lives in Lahore
, Pakistan. She has 1 son and 5 daughters. She lives with her second oldest daughter, and her only son, his wife and kids. One of her daughters lives with her husband and kids in New York, One of her daughters lives in Canada. Her youngest... Read More