Legendary singer Zubaida Khanum passes away
20 October, 2013
LAHORE: Zubaida Khanum, the much-loved voice behind naat 'Shaah-e-Madina' and hits like the 1953 film 'Shehri Babu', passed away from prolonged illness in Lahore on Saturday, news channels reported.
Back in the 1950s, Khanum was the top female singer in Pakistan for both Urdu and Punjabi.
She was first introduced in the film 'Billoo' in 1951, but it was her playback singing in 'Shehri Babu' in 1953 that took her to the heights of stardom in the Pakistani film industry. What followed were various hit songs including 'Teri ulfat mein sanam dil nai buhut dard sahey' and 'Kaise kahoun mein alvida' that defined not only her career but earned her a place in the hearts of Pakistani film and music aficionados.
The well-known naat 'Shaah-e-Madinah' was also originally rendered by Zubaida Khanum.
Besides singing for many popular and classic films like 'Sarfarosh', 'Hameeda', 'Sath Lakh' and 'Baghi', Khanum was cast as a second heroine in 'Patay Khan' with Zarif alongside Madam Noor Jehan, the lead heroine.
Zubaida's parents had migrated from Amritsar and settled down in Lahore after partition. Unlike many singers, Khanum did not belong to any musical 'gharana' and singing was not part of her family norms. It was purely her passion and talent plus financial need, which made her enter films and then turned her big in the film industry.
Before Noor Jehan changed the concept of playback singing in the 60s, Zubaida Khanum ruled the Urdu/Punjabi playback singing from her Lahorian loftiness for a large part of the 50?s.
Zubaida's thrillingly adventurous vocals which sang of love and life without regrets, filled a vacuum in Pakistani playback singing when Nazir and Swaranlata signed Zubaida Khanum for 'Shehri Babu'.
Although she could sing all type of songs with equal ease, it was her frothy and sensuous songs where she had no equal.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Zubaida Khanum.
In a condolence message, the chief minister said that the late singer was an asset of Pakistan and in her death Pakistan has been deprived of a great artist.
He prayed that Allah Almighty may rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to the members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.