Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Popular Pakistani Female Singers of All Time till 2017. The country of Pakistan has given birth to many female singers. There have been many of them over the years. Some are dead and gone now, and some are very much alive. Every culture has those singers who are loved, yes, almost worshipped. This post will present a sampling of such female singers of Pakistani culture who mesmerized a generation with their unique styles of music. Judging from the amount of video material on YouTube, even the few singers on this list who are no longer on this earth are still alive in the minds and hearts of their fans.
List of Top 10 Most Popular Pakistani Female Singers of All Time till 2017
10. Salma Agha
born in 1956, is, as the Wonderslist website points out, one of the most acclaimed Pakistani singers born in Great Britain. Her first album was a tribute to the Swedish rock group Abba, which she sang in the Urdu tongue.. She has been praised in India for her music in India and Pakistan, for her unique voice and style of music. She has particularly become well-known and received innumerable awards since new age, contemporary music became popular in India. She has done many songs with renowned Indian musicians. She has also starred as an actress in many motion picture productions both in India and Pakistan, and is probably one of the best known contemporary singers of Pakistani origin.
9. Tahira Syed
born in 1958, was a student and the daughter of the late Malika Pukhrag. She became a folksinger in Pakistan Media Radio and TV and became well-known for her repertoire in Punjabi Urbi Pahari fol genre. According to Wikipedia, she got her start at an early age, first appearing on Radio Pakistan in 1968-69, and her popularity increased during the 1980s and 1990s. She received a Pakistan Life Achievement Award and the Pride of Performance Award from the President of Pakistan, according to Wikipedia, on March 23, 2013. She is proof of the popular expression, “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”
8. Mehnaz Begum
She is one of those well-beloved stars who are no longer with us as of this post. She passed away from this life on January 19, 2013, from respiratory failure, at just 54 or 55 years old. During her life and career, however, she was known for her versatility, specializing in Ghazal, Thumri, Khayal and Drupad, just to name a few musical styles she explored. She also recited spoken word poetry in the Marsiya, Noha, and Salam forms of poetry and prose. She also studied fine arts, and “Master Piece,” according to Wonderslist, is among her best-known non-musical works.
7. Abida Parveen
born in 1954, according to Wonderslist, was drawn down the path of spirituality and music at an early age. Her father was also her music teacher. She is often known as the Queen of Sufi music for her songs in various languages, such as Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, and Persian, and the soulful, husky voice from Pakistan is known and loved also in India for her songs. She started in music at age 19, back in 1973.
6. Reshma (1947-Nov. 3, 2013)
She was known for her throaty singing style and the melodious clink that reverberated from her vocal cords with every song of hers. She was born in Rajastan, and went to Lahore with her family, shortly after the Partition of India, according to the Wonderslist website. Much of her childhood was spent in places of worship, such as shrines of the mystic Sindhu saints, singing. This Punjabi folksinger was also celebrated in India. She is arguably the most renowned Pakistani folksinger. Wonderlist.com points out that her songs have transcended borders, and made her a household name in that part of the world.
However, the beginning birth-pangs to the end of her career developed in the 1980s when she developed throat cancer. This illness prompted the Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf to come to her aid, paying some of her bills, including a loan she had made, as well as to cover her expenses incurred due to her ailment. She was also placed on a secured income of 10,000 rupees a month. She was hospitalized for the last time on Saturday, April 6, 2013, and the Pakistani government paid her medical expenses. She slipped into a coma later that year, finally succumbing to the disease on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the age of 66.
5. Musarrat Nazim
was born on October 13, 1937. She is multi-talented, and was attracted to singing at a young age, singing for Pakistan radio. She began getting offers from Anwar Kalam Pasha, a film director. Although singing has remained her primary passion–she has sung mostly wedding and folk songs– she began accepting offers to act. According to Wikipedia, she has acted in such films as Datil (1955), Pattam (1955), Patay Khan (1956) and Mahi Manda (1956). She has not stopped singing for Pakistan radio, until recently, perhaps due to old age. She is one of the Top 10 Most Popular Pakistani Female Singers of All Time till 2017
4. Farida Khanum
was raised in Amristar, in 1935. She received music lessons from sister Mukhtar Begum and Ustad A. Khan. She got her start in 1950, and her career took off. She continued to perform until 1993, when she called it quits at age 68. She is most fondly remembered for her contributions to Punjabi music.
3. Zubaida Khanum (1935-2013)
Even though her life’s journey on Earth is now over, she remains today one of Pakistan’s best loved stars. The Wonderslist website reports that she is remembered as one of the best singers of songs in Urdu and Punjabi. She was born in Amritstar in British India, she moved to Pakistan after Pakistan’s departure from India. She cut 250 songs for films.
2. Noor Jehan (1926-2000)
She was born with the name of Allah Wasai in Punjab of British India in a family of musicians. She had more of an interest in being an actress than a singer. She was in many Pakistani films, where she showed her immense grace, beauty and talent.
She was not as passionate about music, but once she made her debut in the music world, it was not the same once she was able to show off her immense musical training which covered several genres. She found that she was equipped to do traditional folk, theatre, and Hindustan classics. She earned herself the title of Queen of Melody. She died from cardiac failure on December 23, 2000.
1. Malika Pukhraj (1912-2004)
was born in British India. She spent 9 years as a Durbar singer in the court of Maharaji Hari Singh. After she moved to Pakistan, she experienced the same stardom as in India, through her radio performances there. It was she who trained her daughter, Tahira Syed, to sing. She died of old age on February 4, 2004. Malika, by the way, was a title of respect, meaning “queen.” And queen she was, of folk and Ghazal music.
These are the Top 10 Most Popular Pakistani Female Singers of All Time till 2017. These are ten of the female singers who have graced the Pakistani music charts over the last century. There are many more, but these were included here because of their immense popularity and unique voices that have made them still loved, in some cases, beyond the grave, in the hearts of many in their native land.