LAHORE - ‘Pride of Performance’ and ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ holder, legendary folk singer Reshman, also known as the Nightingale of Desert (Bulbul-e-Sehra), passed away at a local hospital on Sunday.

Reshman, who had been suffering from throat cancer for the last several years, remained hospitalised for quite some time. She had been in coma for a month and died fighting the fatal disease.

The legendary folk singer was born in Bikaner, Rajasthan, in 1947 and her family migrated to Karachi shortly after the partition.

Reshman received no formal training for singing. She was spotted singing at Shahbaz Qalander’s shrine by a radio producer when she was only 12. He arranged a show for her to record “Laal Meri” on Radio Pakistan, which brought her fame and since then Reshman’s popularity graph started rising. She appeared on television in the 1960s and again she received a big applause from her fans. She sang several popular songs for Pakistani and Indian films.

Reshman was awarded several national awards like ‘Pride of Performance’ and ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz’.

She had countless fans in other countries too‚ including India. Reshma was known as ‘Nightingale of the Desert’ for her mesmerising voice.

Some of her famous songs are “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar”, “Hai O Rabba Nahion Lagda Dil Mera”, “Ankhiyan Noo Rehen De Ankhyan De Kol Kol” and “Lambi Judai”.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Punjab President Chuadhry Pervaiz Elahi, while expressing grief over the demise of the famous folk singer, said the fans of Reshman across the world had lost an asset.

Altaf urged the government to award the departed soul ‘Tamgha-e-Husn-e-Karkardgi’ besides financially assisting her family.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Information Secretary Nazir Saeed‚ Director General Samina Pervez and the staff of Radio Pakistan offered condolences on her death. They also expressed deep sorrow and grief over the death of the legendary folk singer.

Meanwhile, the legendary folk singer was laid to rest amid tears and sobs in Imamia Colony on Sunday. A large number of her fans, relatives, singers and others participated in her funeral.