Farida Khanum

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Farida Khanum فرِیدہ خانُم
Farida Khanum rehearsing.jpg
Farida Khanum rehearsing in December 2005
Background information
Birth name Farida Khanum
Born 1935 (age 82–83)
Kolkata, British India
Origin India
Genres Ghazal[1]
Classical music of Pakistan[1]
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1949–2015
Labels Coke Studio

Farida Khanum (Urdu: فرِیدہ خانُم ‎; Punjabi: فریدہ خانم‬) is a prolific Pakistani classical singer from the province of Punjab. She is one of the few female singers of Pakistan who truly have had classical music training. Her melodic voice was an adornment to ghazal singing. She was conferred with the title of Malika-e-Ghazal (ملِکۂ غزَل‬; Queen of Ghazal) by The Times of India in 2007.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

She was born in the fall of 1929 in Kolkata, British India. She had four siblings, a sister and three brothers. Her sister is the famous singer, Mukhtar Begum. Their whole family moved from Amritsar, British India to Lahore, Pakistan when she was 18 years old.[4]

She started learning Khayal, Thumri and Dadra from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan of Patiala gharana. As a child, her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her to the Khan's place for regular riyaaz (practice of classical music).[1][5] Her family moved to Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947.[1]

Career[edit]

Farida Khanum gave her first public concert in 1950 at the very young age of 21, and then joined Radio Pakistan where she gained recognition for herself.[2] She became a star when Pakistan's president Ayub Khan invited her to a public recital in the 1960s. She has been a frequent performer on Pakistan Television and other Pakistani TV channels.[6] The ghazal she is most associated with is Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Naa Karo written by the famous poet Fayyaz Hashmi.[7] In 2015, at the age of 80, she sang this ghazal in Coke Studio (Pakistan) Season 8.[3]

Farida Khanum also visited Kabul, Afghanistan in the late 1960s or early 1970s for concerts, she collaborated with Afghan musicians and sang beautiful Persian-language ghazals there.

Personal life[edit]

Farida Khanum lives in Lahore, Pakistan. She has five daughters and one son, the youngest. Sheba Hassan is her niece, who is known for her performance in the PTV drama serial Sona Chandi (1982). Farida Khanum has been affectionately called Queen of Ghazal in Pakistan.[3]

Discography[edit]

  • 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

Studio releases[edit]

Year Title Album details Track listing
1993 Farida Khanum: Meri Pasand Vol 1 Digital Release Date: 9 April 1993
  • Label: EMI Pakistan
  • Genre: World Music
  • UPC: 829410843775
  1. Voh Ishq Jo Humse
  2. Sham-E-Firaq Ab Na
  3. Main Ne Pairon Mein Payal
  4. Raat Jo Tum Ne Deep
  5. Kuchh Ishq Tha Kuchh
  6. Voh Mujh Se Huwe
  7. Yun Saja Chand
  8. Aaj Jane Ki Zid Na Karo
  9. Bairi More Nainan
1993 Farida Khanum: Meri Pasand Vol 2 Digital Release Date: 9 April 1993
  • Label: EMI Pakistan
  • Genre: World Music
  • UPC: 829410843874
  1. Mangwa De Jhumka
  2. Be Chain Bohat Phirna
  3. Suey Maikade Na Jate
  4. Dil Pe Ik Turfa Qayamat
  5. Uzr Aane Main Bhi
  6. Chand Niklee Kisi Janib
  7. Naina Re Naina
  8. Na Rawa Kahiye
  9. Es Tarah Qissa Mera


Compilations and live albums[edit]

Year Title Album details Track listing
1978 Farida Khanum In Concert Digital Release Date: 1 December 1978
  • Label: EMI Pakistan
  • Genre: World Music
  • UPC: 829410393676
  1. Aaj Jane Ki Zid Na Karo
  2. Mohabbat Karne Wale
  3. Dil Jalane Ki Baat
  4. Uzr Aane Mein Bhi
  5. Mere Hamnafas Mere
  6. Tum Aur Faraib Khao
  7. Sajan Lago Toori
  8. Kuch Ishq Tha
1980 Farida Khanum In Concert Vol. 3 Digital Release Date: 1 January 1980
  • Label: EMI Pakistan
  • Genre: World Music
  • UPC: 829410503679
  1. Dayar-E-Dil Ki Raat Mein
  2. Yeh Kya Ke Ek Jahan Ko
  3. Ab Na Sahoon Tori
  4. Naina Re Naina
  5. Dil-E-Muztar Ko
  6. Ya Rab Gham-E-Hijran Mein
1985 Taghazzul Farida Khanum Vol 1 Digital Release Date: 1 July 1985
  • Label: EMI Pakistan
  • Genre: World Music
  • UPC: 884385348106
  1. Dil Pe Ik Turfa Qayamat
  2. Asar Us Ko Zara Nahin
  3. Voh Ehad Ehad Hi Kya
  4. So Raha Tha To Shor
  5. Voh Kabhi Mil Jaen To
  6. Garmi-E-Shauq-E-Nazara
  7. Le Ke Voh Teghe Jafa
  8. Dil Mein Hamare
  9. Kis Ko Dhoondne Ghar
  10. Ki Wafa Ham Se To
  11. Lutf Voh Ishq Mein
  12. Chand Meri Tarah
1979 Farida Khanum In Concert Vol. 2 Digital Release Date: 1 October 1979
  • Label: EMI Pakistan
  • Genre: World Music
  • UPC: 829410503570
  1. Chand Nikle Kisi Janib
  2. Wo Kabhi Mil Jayen To
  3. Chand Day Mora
  4. Na Aate Hamen
  5. Ashiq Ke Liye Yaksan
  6. Na Rawa Kahiye
  7. Mit Gaya Zoq-E-Yaqeen
  8. Tere Pyar Mein Ruswa

Awards and recognition[edit]

Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award by the President of Pakistan in 2005[1][3]

Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1970

Hafiz Ali Khan Award in India (2005)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pride of Pakistan -- Farida Khanum: The Iconic Ghazal Singer (includes Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award info)". Pakistan360degrees.com website. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Fareeda Khanum: Made in India, queen of Pak music". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2018
  3. ^ a b c d Profile of Farida Khanum on Coke Studio (Pakistan) website Retrieved 20 June 2018
  4. ^ "Farida Khanum: Memories New and Old : ALL THINGS PAKISTAN". Pakistaniat.com. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Song Sung True (Farida Khanum interview)". Indian Express (newspaper). 4 May 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ Farida Khanum performance on YouTube Retrieved 21 June 2018
  7. ^ Rajan, Anjana (13 November 2006). "When mood and melody merged". The Hindu (newspaper). Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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