Karachi (Web Desk): Renowned Pakistani singer Malika Pukhraj is being remembered on her death anniversary today (Saturday).
Malika Pukhraj was born in village Mirpur, on the banks of the River Akhnoor, 16 miles from Jammu in 1912. She was given the name “Malika” at birth, by 'Majzoob', 'Baba Roti Ram, a spiritualist in Akhnoor area , and named Pukhraj by her Aunt.
Malika Pukhraj who was coached by Ustad Ali Baksh Kasuri, father of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. At age nine, she visited Jammu and performed at coronation ceremony of Maharaja Hari Singh, who got so impressed by her voice that she appointed a court singer in his Durbar, and stayed there for another nine years.
Over the next 8 decades, she captivated her audience with her command over the singing genres of Thumri, Ghazal, Bhajan and folk Pahari Geet, including Dogri folk songs. She was among the greatest singers of British India in the 1940s, and after Partition of India in 1947, she migrated to Lahore, Pakistan , where she received further fame, through her radio performances with composer, Kale Khan.
In 1980, she received the Presidential Pride of Performance Award, Pakistan. In 1977, when All India Radio, for which she sang until Partition, was celebrating its Golden Jubilee, she was invited to India, and awarded with the 'legend of Voice' award.
Malika Pukhraj died in Lahore on February 4, 2004.