Zubaida Khanum: Blessing to Pakistan (E.4/6)

By Anis Shakur
Sunday – May 26, 2019
NEW YORK (United States): Khanum’s artistry not only took giant leaps towards music amelioration but her own life saw positive change.

Khanum was, indeed, a living, breathing example during that transformation period. One quick instance is the tragic score, ‘Dard hai ya is dil ki dawa hai koi,’ in the 1955 film, ‘Intiqaam,’ music composer, Master Inayat Husain, song writer, Saif Uddin Saif, pictured on Sabiha Khanum.

Khanum is also credited to lending her singing voice in praise of Almighty God ‘Aasmaan walay ik, ik shay pay hukumat hai teri,’ the 1955 film ‘Jalan,’ music composer, M.A. Munna, movie director, Shabab Kiranvi.

In due course, Khanum’s excellence and expertise lead to one success after another like the song, ‘Dil ko gham say riha karay koi,’ in the 1955 film ‘Khatoon,’ music composer, Rasheed Attre, song writer, Tufail Hoshiar Puri, Her admirers take pleasure in the fact that Khanum was equally at ease with the tragic and romantic numbers like ‘Taqdeer kay wali Aaye hoon mein dar pay teray bun kay sawali,’ in the 1955 film, ‘Mehfil,’ music composer, G.A. Chishti, lyricist, Tanveer Naqui.

In her short lifespan as a vocalist, Khanum also recorded ‘Baalam tum haar gaye, jeeta mera pyar ho,’ in the 1956 film, ‘Baaghi,’music composer, Rehman Varma, songwriter, Musheer Kazmi, pictured on Musarrat Nazeer.

One wonders if Khanum’s vocal cords landed from the sky as one listens to the wedding song, ‘Bun kay dulhan lehraon gee, ghoonghat mein sharmaon gee,’ in the 1956 film, ‘Hameeda,’ music composer, safdar Husain, lyricist, Qateel Shifai, pictured on Sabiha Khanum.

The whole experience is dreamlike, it is another worldly experience, as one listens to the lullaby, ‘Naino ki nagri mein Aaja ree Aaja, o nindia Aaja,’ in the 1956 film ‘Hameeda,’ music composer, Safdar Husain, lyricist, Qateel Shifai, pictured on Sabiha Khanum.

Women have struggled and won in the past and they will continue to strife in the future. Coming back to Khanum’s accomplishments, there are moments for wistful looks and glistening eyes as one listens to the na’at in Khanum’s voice, ‘Sarkar Madina walay, o mukhtar Madina walay, reham kar,’ in the 1956 film, ‘Hatim,’ music composer, Safdar Husain, poet, Qateel Shifai,.

The na’at, ‘Suno faryaad meri Sarkar Madina walay,’ in the 1956 film, ‘Mirza Sahiban,’ music composer, Khursheed Anwar, poet, Qateel Shifai. Khanum was persistence and patient in her quest to prove her worth as she was all praise for the little innocent baby while recording ‘wari jaaon jee, sadqay jaaon, nanhi see guriya rani,’ in the 1956 film ‘Qismat,’ music composer, Feroze Nizami, songwriter, Tufail Hoshiar Puri.

Those were times of change and times of challenge when Khanum sang ‘Kis ko suna yein gham ki kahani, hai meri majboor jawani,’ pictured on Asha Poslay in the film ‘Ishq-e-Laila.’ To talk of treasures of music is to applaud the song which is in contrast to the above tragic score, ‘Dil say jo dil takraye, nazar sharmaye,’ in the film ‘Ishq-e-Laila,’ pictured on Sabiha Khanum. (To be continued...)

Info: Eminent storyteller, Anis Shakur, is a Pakistani born United States (US) citizen. He works for the US federal and State government. He resides at a stone-throw distance from the darting shores of the Atlantic ocean in New York, for the past three decades.