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 78–79)
Origin Kolkata, India
Genres Ghazal
Occupations singer
Years active 1950–1993

Farida Khanum (born 1935) is a Pakistani Ghazal singer from Punjab. The Times of India has called her "Malika-e-Ghazal" (Queen of Ghazal).[1]

Her official page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FaridaKhanumOfficial

Early life[edit]

She was born in 1935 in Calcutta and raised in Amritsar. Her sister is Mukhtar Begum.[2]

She started learning Khayal from her sister Mukhtar Begum at age seven and later learnt classical music from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. Her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her, a seven-year-old Farida, to Khan’s place for riyaaz.[3][4] Her family migrated to Pakistan after partition of India in 1947.

Career[edit]

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 ’60s.

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 oldest daughter, and her only son, his wife and children. One of her daughters lives with her husband and children in New York, another lives in Canada . One of her daughters is a specialist in endocrinology currently working in Services Hospital, Lahore and lives with her husband and children and the other is a student.

Discography[edit]

A latest album of Kahnum with Hilal-e-Imtiaz Abida Parveen and Sitara-e-Imtiaz Reshma launched by Times.
  • 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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