Sunday, October 20, 2013

Zubaida Khanum - an icon of real Pakistan

The real Pakistan finds a mention only when it dies. It's trash all the way that glitters in Pakistani media!

See copied below some of the examples of this mention:

LAHORE  - Renowned singer Zubaida Khanum passed away in Lahore on Saturday night. Her funeral will be held at Westwood Colony Raiwind Road on Sunday (today).

Zubaida Khanum was introduced in film Billo by Baba Chishti in 1951 and got breakthrough from famous film Shehri Babu in 1953.

She sung (sang) lot of super hit songs in films during her short but valuable stay in the industry. Zubaida Khanum's Pinjabi songs are still very popular since she is known as an evergreen singer, and would remain so.

Legend Zubaida Khanum also sang popular naat 'Shah-e-Madina' decades ago.

Zubaida excelled singing for Punjabi and Urdu films. Composers like Rashid Attre, Safdar, Saleem Iqbal and Chishti were definitely in the forefront for giving the best of Zubaida Khanum in films like Saat Lakh, Hameeda, Sarfrosh, Hatim, Yakey Wali, Sheikh Chilli, Mukhra, Naji, Kartar Singh and even all-time box office disaster Jatti where she sang the ultimate tragic song 'Meri Chunni Diaan Reshmi', filmed on Musarrat Nazir and bringing many men and women to tears.

[The Nation, October 20, 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 50s.

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.

[Daily Times, October 20, 2013]

LAHORE: Popular playback singer of Punjabi and Urdu films Zubaida Khanum died of cardiac arrest Saturday night. She was 78.

Zubaida was born in Amritsar, East Punjab. Her family migrated to Pakistan after the 1947 partition and she stepped into the music industry in the early 50s to fulfill her dreams. Her singing talent impressed famous musician Baba GA Chisti who introduced her in film ‘Billo’ in 1951.

In 1953 actor Nazir and actress Suran Lata signed Zubaida for the film ‘Sheri Baboo’. Rashid Itray was the music director for the film and he used Zubaida’s talent for playback singing in many films. Most of her songs were picturised on Musarrat Nazir and Sabiha Khanum.

While she was very popular playback singer, she also tried her luck at acting in the film ‘Patay Khan’. 
Her popular songs include asan jan ke meech lai akh way; aaey mausam rangeelay suhanay and tere dar te aake sajna way. She also recited a naat Shah-e-Madina.

She married cameraman Riaz Bukhari when she was at the zenith of her career. She ended her singing career due to family engagements.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his condolences at the demise of Khanum. She was a great singer and her songs are a national asset, he said. Showbiz celebrities, including Mustafa Qureshi, Shahida Munni, Syed Noor, Ghulam Abbas, Qavi Khan, Perwaiz Kalim, Suhail Iftikha(r) Khan and Asif Javed, described her death a great loss to the showbiz industry.

Her funeral will be held in Miami (Miani) Sahab graveyard of Lahore at 10 am on Sunday (today).

[The Express Tribune, October 20, 2013]

LAHORE: Renowned Pakistani singer Zubaida Khanum passed away on late Saturday night, Geo News reported.

She was 50. Khanum, who has been staying with her sons, died after protracted ailment in Lahore.
She started her career in 1951 from a movie Billo and sang for numerous Punjab and Urdu language films.

[The News, October 19, 2013]

ISLAMABAD: Renowned singer Zubaida Khanum passed away after a long illness in Lahore, private television channels reported on Saturday night. 

Zubaida Khanum started her career with a song in 1951. She earned fame after singing a number of rhythmic songs for Urdu and Punjabi films. She also played role in a few Pakistani films. People belonging to all segments of society have expressed profound grief and sorrow over sad demise of Zubaida Khanum. 

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Saturday expressed profound grief and sorrow over demise of Zubaida Khanum. He stated that passing away of the great singer was a loss to the nation. He said services of late Zubaida would always be remembered in good words. He also conveyed his condolence to the members of the bereaved family.

[The News, October 20, 2013]

LAHORE: Renowned playback singer and one of the best singers from Lollywood's golden era Zubaida Khanum breathed her last on Saturday night after a fatal heart attack.

The 78-year-old singer was suffering from prolonged heart ailments for a few years and was living with her sons in West Wood Colony in Lahore.

He condition turned worse on Saturday after which she was taken to a hospital near her residence where doctors pronounced her dead.

At the height of her career, Ms Khanum married renowned cameraman Riyaz Bokhari and left playback singing for good. Her son Faisal Bokhari is also a known cameraman. Coincidentally, Oct 19 was the death anniversary of her husband.

She was born in 1935 in Amritsar. Her family migrated to Lahore after partition. She did not belong to any traditional music ‘gharana’. Singing was her own passion with an additional factor of financial constraints she was facing.

Khanum began her career as a playback singer in Lollywood in 1951 from the film Billo and was recognised early on for her melodious voice.

She also worked as an actress on a number of films in the 50s but stopped performing after settling down. However, she continued her singing career.

One of her most remembered song 'Assan jaan ke meet liye ankh wey' from the movie Heer continues to charm Punjabi music lovers.

Yet another famous song of her's was 'Dilla ther ja yaar da nazaraa lein de' which was picturised on Musarat Nazir.

In a condolence message sent to the deceased singer's family, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif expressed regret at Khanum's demise and called her a national asset.

President Mamnoon Hussain in his condolence message recalled her services for performing arts in the country and said that they were unforgettable.

Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain also sent a condolence message to Khanum's family. He said that Pakistan has lost a talented artist.

Her funeral prayers will be held on Sunday morning at 10am on Raiwind Road in Lahore.

[Dawn, October 20, 2013]

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