Famous singer Zubaida Khanam passes away

LAHORE: The legendary Pakistani singer Zubaida Khanum has passed away after protracted ailment in Lahore on Saturday. The well-known naat ‘Shaah-e-Madinah’ was also originally rendered by Zubaida Khanum. In the 1950s, Khanum was the top female singer in Pakistan for both Urdu and Punjabi.

Zubaida Khanum arrives
Famous singer Zubaida Khanam in her old age. A photo of her just a month ago when she was coming to attend an event in her honour arranged by Radio Pakistan

She sang lot of super hit songs in films including:

  • Hameeda,
  • Baaghi
  • Sheikh Chilli
  • Jatti
  • Raaz
  • Sola Aaney
  • Naaji and many more

She was first introduced in the film ‘Billoo’ in 1951, but it was her playback singing in ‘Shehri Babu’ in 1953 that took her to the heights of stardom in the Pakistani film industry. What followed were various hit songs including Teri ulfat mein sanam dil nai buhut dard sahey’ and Kaise kahoun mein Alvida’ that defined not only her career but earned her a place in the hearts of Pakistani film and music aficionados.

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