By Anjum Khan
Born and brought up in a classical music atmosphere in Kalkotta British India in 1929 “FARIDA KHANUM “was seriously trained from childhood to learn classical music.
Her sister “ MUKHTAR BEGUM”
herself made a big name in the world of classical singing
Their family did not move to Pakistan till Farida jee was 18 ,then they settled in lahore from Amritsar Punjab.
She started learning music from Ustad
Ashiq Ali khan who belonged to the patyala Gharana , she excelled in DAADRA, THUMRI, GHAZAL and KHAYAL.. ( categories of classical music)
Her mentor did a pretty great job on her as within 3 years she did her first public concert in 1950 at the age of 21… after that she joined Radio Pakistan and bagged recognition from her regular singing on air , stardom reached her doorstep when President Ayub khan asked her to do a recital in the 60’s, after that doors of Pakistan television opened on her and she became a household name !
Very few know that Farida khanum also travelled to Kabul Afghanistan in the 60s and 70s and sang many Persian language ghazals in musical concerts there.
She has recorded many ghazals and songs over her long span of carrier in music .
Some of the ghazals and songs she is more recognized from are :-
🎹 WOH ISHQ JO HUM SEY ROOTH GAYA AB USKA HAAL SUNAIN KIA.
🎹 MAINEY PAIRON MEI PAYAL TU BANDHI NAHI, KION SADAA ARAHI HAI ,CHANNA NA NA CHUNN ..
🎹 WOH MUJH SEY HUWAY HUWAIN HAIN HUM KALAAM , ALLAH ALLAH, KAHAN MEI KAHAN YEH MAQAAM ALLAH ALLAH..
🎹AAJ JANEY KI ZID NAA KAROO,
YOONHI PEHLOO MEI BAITHEY RAHOO…
🎹 IS TRAH QISSA MERA HUR KHAR PER..
🎹 NAINA RAY NAINA KAISEY BEETEY RAINA…
🎹 DIL PAY IK TARFA QAYAMAT
KERNA, MUSKURATEY HUWAY..
🎹 DIL JALANEY KI BAAT KERTAY HO ASHIYANEY KI BAAT KERTAY HO
🎹 MOHABBAT KERNEY WAALEY KUMM NA HONGEY, TERI MEHFIL MEI LAKIN HUM NA HONGAY.
🎹 MEREY HAMNAFAS MAIREY HUM NAWA MUJHEY DOST BUNKEY DAGAA NA DAY…
🎹 ZIKAR US PARI VASH KA PHIR ZIKAR APNA…
🎹 OO’LAADAY JHUMKA CHANDI KA MUNGWAADAY JHUMKA CHANDI KA.
🎹 SAJAN LAAGI TORI LAGAN MANNWA, LASJ MOHEY AAI..( with madame Noor jehan)
AND MANY MANY MORE…
Farida khanum has her own style of singing usually waving her left hand
in the air for portraying the ups and downs of the “lay and Taal”
She also sang some famous punjabi folk songs which became very popular indeed ..
🎹 TAREY BAAJRAY DI RAAKHI, ARRYA MAINA BAINDI WAY ..
🎹 BALLEY BALKEY BHAI TOR PUNJABAN DI ,OYE JUTTI KHALL DI MARORAAN NAIYO CHALDI.
Farida khanum is still affiliated with her first love music, last time she was seen singing was in coke studio in 2015..
💥In 1970 she was awarded “The pride of performance award”
💥in 2005 she was given the
“Hilal e Imtiaz”award
💥in 2005 she also awarded the “Hafiz Ali khan award” in India.
Farida jee is one of the few singers dedicated to music who have a full fledge training in Classical music
She was given the tittle of”Malaika e ghazal “ by the Times of India in 2007.
At the age of 89/90 years now,
Ma sha Allah She is still doing good for her age.👍🏼
Blessed with 5 daughters and one son, she is enjoying the blissful fruits of her family life filled with lots of TLC ( tender love and care )which She gets in abundance from her loving family
We wish her good health and happiness in her life .💕
Let’s also say Thankyou FARIDA KHANUM for singing such beautiful and memorable ghazals and songs for us to cherish for life.