Recollecting Reshma, the Nightingale of the Desert

Popularly known as the 'Nightingale of the Desert', Reshma was best known for her distinguishing rendition of Punjabi Folk songs. Her death earlier this month, due to throat cancer has shocked her fans. Hailing from Bikaner, Rajasthan, Reshma was born in the year 1947. Diagnosed with the disease, she was under treatment for many years now. She is survived by son Umair and daughter Khadija.

The ace singer was spotted at a tender age of 12 while singing at Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine , a sufi saint, by a former Radio producer and made her record a song 'Laal Meri' on state-run Pakistan Radio. With her successful rendition of the sparkling 'Dama Dam Mast Qalandar', a traditional song praising a Sufi mystic, spiritual song encompassing the emotion of a pious euphoria, she became widely known in many local circles. A big break came towards her way in 1983 as she made her debut in the Bollywood industry with "Lambi Judaai". Some of her other famous tracks that take account as hits are 'Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera' and  'Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol'.

The singer, who had an enormous fan following for her mesmerizing husky voice was awarded several national awards during her soaring career. She won prestigious awards including 'Sitara-i-Imtiaz' and 'Legends Of Pakistan' which in fact was bestowed on her by the President of Pakistan. The successful singer was one of those honoured by then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi to meet her in person. Few years back, in 2005 Reshma released her final album titled "The Nomad".

The lady stands immortal as an inspiration for many. During her stint, she did her best to popularize 'folk' music. The Indian and the Pakistani music industry will surely miss the star singer.