Tassawar Khanum

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Tassawar Khanum
Born (1950-01-01) January 1, 1950 (age 69)
Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
GenresGhazal and film playback singer

Tassawar Khanum (born 1950) is a Pakistani Ghazal singer.[1] She is mostly known for singing in Urdu and Punjabi in Pakistani films and television during the 1970s and 1980s. Her most popular songs are perhaps Tu Meri Zindagi Hai[2] and Agar Tum Mil Jao.[3] She won the prestigious Pride of Performance Award in 2005 by the President of Pakistan.[4]

Early life[edit]

Tassawar Khanum was born in Gujrat, Pakistan. During her childhood she was a neighbor of singer Pervaiz Mehdi who was a good friend of her father. She and her father would often go Pervaiz Mehdi's house while he was practicing. It was Pervaiz Mehdi who asked her father to ensure that Tassawar should receive an education in music after he overheard her copying while he practiced. After this she began to take music lessons with sarangi nawaz Ustad Butta Ali Khan.


Tassawar Khanum first appeared on Pakistan Television (PTV). She was popular in the 1970s and 1980s when she sang many super-hit film songs including this mega-hit film song from film Rangeela (1970), "Wey Sab Taun Sohnia, Meray Man Mohnia"[5]


Film Date of Release Language Country of Release
Anmol 10 August 1973 Urdu Pakistan
Melay Sajna Dey 1972 Punjabi Pakistan
Baharo Phool Barsao 11 August 1972 Urdu Pakistan
Rangeela 1970 Punjabi Pakistan
Yaar Badshah 1971 Punjabi Pakistan

Personal life[edit]

Tassawar Khanum was married to Rais Ghulam Ali Khan Marri in 1973 until his death in 1988. She has a son and two daughters and several grandchildren. She got married right after she recorded her song in film Rangeela (1970). She now has one grandson and one granddaughter.


  1. ^ Music composer Sheheryar laid to rest Dawn (newspaper), 10 January 2011, Retrieved 14 December 2017
  2. ^ Video on YouTube, Uploaded 22 August 2007, Retrieved 16 March 2016
  3. ^ Video on YouTube, Retrieved 16 March 2016
  4. ^ 127 awards conferred on Pakistan Day Tassawar Khanum's award info on Dawn (newspaper), Published 26 March 2006, Retrieved 14 December 2017
  5. ^ [1] Tassawar Khanum's hit song on IMDb website, Retrieved 14 December 2017