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Farida Khanum

Farida Khanum
Farida Khanum rehearsing in December 2005
Background information
Birth name Farida Khanum
Origin Pakistan
Genres Ghazal Pakistani Classical
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1949–2014

Farida Khanum is a Pakistani Classical Singer from the Punjab. The Times of India has called her ملکہ غزل or Malika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazal).[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Discography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

She was born in Calcutta in 1935, but her family origins are from Amritsar. Her sister is the famous singer Mukhtar Begum.[2]

She started learning Khayal, Thumri and Dadra from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. As a child, her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her to the Khan’s place for regular riyaaz.[3][4] Her family moved to Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947.


Farida Khanum gave her first public concert in 1950 and then joined Radio Pakistan where she courted fame and fortune.[1] She became a star when Pakistan’s president Ayub Khan invited her to a public recital in the 1960s.

The ghazal she is most associated with is Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Naa Karo written by the famous poet Fayyaz Hashmi.[5]

Personal life

Farida Khanum lives in Lahore, Pakistan. She has one son and four daughters. She lives with her second daughter and her only son, his wife and children. Her eldest daughter lives with her husband and children in New York. Her fourth daughter is a specialist in endocrinology and lives with her husband and children.


  • 1978 Farida Khanum In Concert
  • 1979 Farida Khanum In Concert Vol. 2
  • 1985 Taghazzul Farida Khanum Vol 1
  • 1980 Farida Khanum In Concert Vol. 3
  • 1993 Farida Khanum: Meri Pasand Vol 2
  • 1993 Farida Khanum: Meri Pasand Vol 1


  1. ^ a b "Fareeda Khanum: Made in India, queen of Pak music". The Times Of India. 
  2. ^ "Farida Khanum: Memories New and Old : ALL THINGS PAKISTAN". Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Latest Interview with Fareeda Khanum,Celebrity Online,Spotlight,Pakisatani Pop Stars,Rock Stars,Singers,Actors,Actresses". Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Fareeda Khanum: Made in India, queen of Pak music". The Times Of India. 

External links

  • Farida Khanum at the Internet Movie Database
  • Farida Khannum gets Haafiz Ali Khan Award - Indian Express
  • Interview with Farida Khanum
  • Best Collections of Farida Khanum
  • [2], Farida Khanum Official facebook page, Retrieved 21 July 2015

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