Transitions: Ameeran Begum loses battle against cancer as family runs out of money

Published: June 10, 2012

Ameeran Begum started her career as a singer nearly 40 years ago and reportedly came out with more than 150 albums to date.

SUKKUR: 

Renowned folk singer Ameeran Begum Manganhar, popularly known as Sindhi Geetan Ji Rani, was laid to rest in Bahar Shah Graveyard, near Yaroo Lund in Ghotki district on Saturday. She was suffering from breast cancer and breathed her last late on Friday, at her house in village Sahib Lund.

Ameeran Begum started her career as a singer nearly 40 years ago and reportedly came out with more than 150 albums to date. She also sang for Radio Pakistan and various Sindhi language television channels. She was perhaps best known for her songs about marital unions and was regularly invited to sing at marriage ceremonies.

The singer was diagnosed with breast cancer two years back but her family could not afford the treatment. The Sindh culture department gave Ameera Begum a cheque for Rs50,000, but not before it had been besieged with requests by the singer’s family and other artists.

While talking to The Express Tribune, folk singer Rasool Bux Abro, alleged that the culture department reneged on its promise to give another batch of funds worth Rs100,000 for Ameeran’s treatment.

Elected representatives and culture department officials were absent at the funeral which was attended by artists from Ghotki, Sukkur and other nearby areas.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2012.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Jun 10, 2012 - 3:23AM

    May her soul rest in peace! Only the rich can afford good treatment, be it in India or in Pakistan.

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:34AM

    Wonder why Mr. Z could not help her out from government or even personal resources as he is always talking about preserving Sindhi culture. After all, there seems to be no shortage of funds when promoting PPP in Sindh.

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  • just_someone
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:37AM

    The treatment of talented Pakistanis by their own people and their Government can best be summarized by these famous words to Abdus Salam from Faiz Ahmed Faiz:

    “Nisar mein teri galli-yoon pe aii watan keh jahan chali hai rasm key koi na sar utha ke chaley”
    (My life is dedicated to the streets of the motherland where custom demands that no one should walk with head held high)

    I hope this country and its people realize the inherent talent in our people and recognize it to encourage achievements in all fields.

    Sorry Geetan Ji Rani, your country failed you in your last moments. Hopefully you will be the last to face such disrespect!

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  • Jun 10, 2012 - 10:21AM

    The rich could easily have treated her and not even feel the dent in their wealth. The President and PM should have come to the forefront in her treatment. Good artists are hard to come by nowadays. May Allah Allmighty rest her soul in peace. Ameen,

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