If we talk about Indian Sub-continent it is actually a cluster of many countries having different ideas but one thing that is similar in these countries is their culture. One best example of this is music because these share a similar style of music and musical history. In this regard Pakistan is the home of music like Sufism, Classic, Qawwali, Ghazals and some other forms. Pakistan has produced those big names in music which have been richly appreciated across the world and brightened the name of Pakistan. In this article we will talk about those greatest Pakistani Female singers who not only gained popularity within the country but internationally proved their talent and skills. These melodious voices will always remain with the people because these are the assets of every person whether Pakistani or foreigners. Let’s have a look at the list of top ten greatest Pakistani Female Singers of all time.
Malika Pukhraj is best known for ghazal and folk singing which was not only popular in Pakistan but in India she was also recognized in the same manner. This legendary singer was born in 1912 in Jammu (British India). She got initial music training from Ustaad Ali Bakhsh Kasuri who was the father of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Malika Pukhraj spent nine years in the court of Maharaja Hari Singh but after the partitions of Pakistan and India she came in Pakistan where the people gave her same respect and fame as she had in India. Her heart favorite song was “Abhi to Main Jawan hoon” became recognition and fame for her. She was died in 2004 in Lahore (Pakistan).
The queen of Melody (Malika-e-Tarannum) Noor Jahan is the biggest name of music in across the world. She was born on 21 September 1926 in Kasur, Punjab (British India). After her entry in music industry with all type of training and skills of music, she left everyone far away and got the title of queen of melody. The original name of Noor Jehan was Allah Rakhi Wasai. She started singing at the age of five where she showed lots of talent in wide range of music styles. She was multi-talented personality and along with signing she worked in films and directed as well. “Chandni Raatein”, “Sab Jug Soye” and Hamari Sanson mein” are those songs which will never die.
The legendary Pakistani female playback singer Zubaida Khanum was born in 1935 in Amritsar, British India. The interesting thing about her is that without formal training in music she stunned everyone with her talent and melodious voice. As a playback singer she recorded more than 260 songs during 1950 and 1960 which is considered the golden era of Pakistan film Industry. She started her career from the movie “Billo” which was released in 1951 but her breakthrough came from the movie “Shehri Babu” in 1953. She was died in October 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan.
The South Asian Classical singer Farida Khanum is not only famous in Pakistan but equally recognized in all over the world. The queen of Ghazal got music training form Mukhtar Begum who was her sister and Ustaad Ashiq Ali Khan. In 1947 after migrating to Pakistan, she appeared in the public concert in 1950 where she got lots of fame and appreciation from the audience. She sung many Ghazals in her career and grabbed all the success and fame from the people. The fortune and fame always followed her and made her the pride name for all the music lovers.
The multi-talented lady Musarrat Nazir was born on 13 October 1940 in Lahore, Punjab (Pakistan) and her parents were from Punjabi Lahore origin. As a singer she sung many super hit songs and became super star in the very short period of time due to her God gifted abilities, talent and hard work. She also acted in Pakistani Urdu and Punjabi films and remained successful. Her parents wanted to become her doctor but due to her keen interest in music she started singing for radio Pakistan. Her super hits and heart favorite songs “Mera Laung Gaawacha” and Gulshan Ki Baharon Mein” are her trademarks.
Born in Bikaner (Rajasthan), Reshma is best known for her throaty voice and melodious clink. After partition she came in Lahore with her family and started singing there. She spent most of her childhood on shrines of Sindhi Saints singing there. Reshma is one of few singers who are respected and loved by the people not in Pakistan but in Indian and probably in the world. Her lots of songs have been used in Bollywood movies.
When we talk about Kafi, Ghazal and Qawwali then the first name that strikes our minds is of Abida Parveen. She is well known for her Sufi music where she has sung many kafis in her career that has no comparable in her style and melodious voice. The queen of Sufi Music is the renowned name in all over the world. She professionally entered into the world of music in 1973 with lots of training in music and style from Ustaad Ghulam Haider (Her father) and Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan. The Government of Pakistan awarded her Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Pakistan 2nd Highest Civilian Award).
Mehnaz Begum was the greatest Pakistani female singer who was capable of singing almost all type of music but she was well known for Ghazal, Khayal, Dadra, Thumri and Drupad. Besides that, Mehnaz was also famous in singing Noha and Marsiya. This legendary singer won Nigar Award for 13 times in her career as the best Female Playback singer. Similarly in 2013 Lu Style awards she was given lifetime achievement award. Along with singing she was also keen in fine arts where Master piece is one of the best examples in this regard.
Having the ethnicity of Pakistan, the greatest singer, actress and producer Salma Agha was born in London, England (UK). During her entire career she sung lots of spectacular hit songs and for the number of times she was awarded filmfare awards for best female playback singer and Nigar awards for best actress. Her songs like “Dil Ke Armaan Aansuon Mein” and “Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Baba” are still loved and remembered by the people.
The Pakistani Ghazal and folk singer Tahira Syed was born in 1958 in Lahore (Pakistan) and she is the daughter of legendary singer Malika-e-Pukhraj. She was very fond of singing, that’s why in her very early age of 12 she started singing. Due to her music back ground and her utmost hard work she climbed the ladders of success in the very short period of time while others wait of a long time. Tahira appeared for the first time on radio and Pakistan Television on air in 1968-1969 respectively while her popularity increased during the period of 1970s and 1980s. She was given pride of performance award in March 2013.