Well-known Pakistani folk singer Reshma, who had a huge fan following on both sides of the border, passed away in Lahore this morning, Pakistani media reports said.
Reshma, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer in the 1980s, had been in coma for a month in a hospital there, the reports said.
Reshma was born in a Banjara family in Bikaner, Rajasthan around 1947. Her family migrated to Pakistan after partition.
She had in formal training in music, but her natural talent was spotted by a radio producer while she was singing at a shrine, and he arranged for her to record, "Laal Meri" on Pakistani radio when she was around 12.
There was no looking back for her after that, as the song went on to become a big hit and she became on of the most popular singers in Pakistan.
Apart from television appearances, she recorded songs for Pakistani and Indian films and performed at concerts in her country and abroad.
Some of her most popular songs include "Lambi Judai", "Dama Dam Mast Kalandar", "Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera"and "Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol".
Along the way, she was honoured with several awards in Pakistan, including the "Sitara-i-Imtiaz" and "Legends Of Pakistan".
Reshma is survived by a son Umair and a daughter Khadija.