Farida Khanum

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Farida Khanum
Farida Khanum rehearsing.jpg
Farida Khanum rehearsing in December 2005
Background information
Birth name Farida Khanum
Born 1935 (age 79–80)
Origin Kolkata, India
Genres Ghazal Indian Classical
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1949–2014

Farida Khanum (born 1935) is a South Asian Classical Singer from the Punjab. The Times of India has called her "Malika-e-Ghazal" (Queen of Ghazal).[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in 1935 in Calcutta but her origins are from Amritsar. Her sister is Mukhtar Begum.[2]

She started learning Khayal, Thumri and Dadra from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. Her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her, a seven-year-old Farida, to the Khan’s place for regular riyaaz.[3][4] Her family moved to Pakistan after partition of India in 1947.


Farida Khanum gave her first public concert in 1950 and then joined Radio Pakistan where she courted fame and fortune.[1] She became a star when Pakistan’s president Ayub Khan invited her to a public recital in the 1960s.

The ghazal she is most associated with is Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Naa Karo.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Farida Khanum lives in Lahore, Pakistan. She has one son and five daughters. She lives with her second eldest daughter and her only son, his wife and children. Her eldest daughter lives with her husband and children in New York. Her fourth eldest daughter is a specialist in endocrinology and lives with her husband and children and her youngest daughter is a student.


  • 1978 Farida Khanum In Concert
  • 1979 Farida Khanum In Concert Vol. 2
  • 1985 Taghazzul Farida Khanum Vol 1
  • 1980 Farida Khanum In Concert Vol. 3
  • 1993 Farida Khanum: Meri Pasand Vol 2
  • 1993 Farida Khanum: Meri Pasand Vol 1


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