Fans are observing 15th death anniversary of legendary folk and ghazal singer Malika Pukhraj today (Feb 4). Malika Pukhraj was a highly popular Ghazal and folk singer of Pakistan. She is extremely popular for her rendition of Hafeez Jalandhri’s nazm song, Abhi tau main jawan hoon, which is enjoyed by millions not only in Pakistan, but also in India.
Malika Pukhraj was born in Hamirpur Sidhar to a Kanjar family of professional musicians. At the age of nine, she visited Jammu and performed at the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Hari Singh, who was so impressed by her voice that he appointed her as a court singer in his Durbar. She stayed there as a singer for another nine years.
Her popular numbers were Lo phir basant aaii, Quli Qutub’s Piya baaj piyala piya jaey na, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Mere qatil mere dildar mere paas raho. In 1980, she received the Pride of Performance Award from the President of Pakistan.
Malika Pukhraj died in Lahore, Pakistan on 4 February 2004. She was buried at Shah Jamal graveyard in Lahore.
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27 September, 2019