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
Origin Pakistan
Genres Ghazal
indianclassical music
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1949–2014

Farida Khanum (Punjabi, Urdu: فریدہ خانم‎) is a Pakistani Classical Singer from the state of Punjab. The Times of India has called her Malika-e-Ghazal (ملکہ غزل; Queen of Ghazal).[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Kolkata in 1935 before the Partition of India, but her family origins are from Amritsar. Her sister is the famous singer Mukhtar Begum.[2]

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.[3][4] Her family moved to Pakistan after the 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. She has been a frequent performer on Pakistan Television and other Pakistani TV channels.[5] The ghazal she is most associated with is Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Naa Karo written by the famous poet Fayyaz Hashmi.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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


  • 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

Awards and recognition[edit]

Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award by the President of Pakistan in 2005[7]

Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1970

Hafiz Ali Khan Award in India- Farida Khanum's interview[8]


  1. ^ a b "Fareeda Khanum: Made in India, queen of Pak music". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. , Retrieved 15 March 2016
  2. ^ "Farida Khanum: Memories New and Old : ALL THINGS PAKISTAN". Pakistaniat.com. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Latest Interview with Fareeda Khanum,Celebrity Online,Spotlight,Pakisatani Pop Stars,Rock Stars,Singers,Actors,Actresses". Telepk.com. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ http://indianexpress.com/tag/farida-khanum/, Farida Khanum interview on Indian Express newspaper, published 4 May 2010, Retrieved 15 March 2016
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EljixrFh04, Farida Khanum performance on YouTube, Retrieved 15 March 2016
  6. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/article3202874.ece, Farida Khanum article on The Hindu newspaper, Published 13 Nov 2006, Retrieved 31 October 2016
  7. ^ http://pakistan360degrees.com/tag/hilal-i-imtiaz/, Farida Khanum's Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award info, Retrieved 15 March 2016
  8. ^ http://www.telepk.com/spotlight/fareeda-khanum.asp, Retrieved 15 March 2016

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