Eighteen years later, singer Shazia Khushk still enthrals

Published: December 8, 2010

Shazia Khushk sang her popular bird song ten times over the weekend. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD ADEEL/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Even though she made her debut in 1992, folk singer Shazia Khushk continues to be one of Sindh’s most eminent mainstream musicians.

At a two-day cultural event organised in Karachi, Khushk performed one of her most memorable songs “Mara Udheta Pakhiyara Kadi Aao Na Maare Des” (O my flying bird come to my village for a moment) ten times.

The singer also performed some of her other iconic songs – “Dane Pe Dana” and “Ale Munheja Maroara” – at the request of her fans.

Khushk told The Express Tribune that she received a “glowing response” at the six different events she performed at in Karachi.

The musician debuted in 1992, after she auditioned for a show at her husband’s insistence. “My husband used to encourage me a lot,” Khushk says, “He would tell me that I am the ‘queen of voices’.”

Even though Khushk is originally from Kashmir, she is most commonly known as a Sindhi folk singer. She says her favourites include Marwari songs (folk songs of Thar) and the poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

The past year has seen musicians such as Arif Lohar and Sanam Marvi – who sing in provincial languages – create a huge impact in the mainstream courtesy their appearances on shows such as Coke Studio.

In 1992, Khushk sang her Marwari song “Mara Udheta Pakhiyara Kadi Aao Na Maare Des” for the first time which became very popular. Khushk has also sung in the Sindhi, Dhatki, Sairaiki, Urdu, Kashmiri, Gujrati, Brahvi, Punjabi and Balochi languages.

After performing her first folk song on Pakistan Television, Khushk started formally training with Ustad Ferozudin. She later apprenticed with Ustad Niaz Hussain, Feroz Gul, and Ustad Ghulam Hussain at Radio Pakistan. Khushk also took classes from Mai Soni, one of legendary folk singer Mai Bhagi’s daughters.

Khushk has sung over 500 songs in her career, toured 45 countries and was nominated a ‘goodwill ambassador’ by the former American consul general in Karachi.

The University of Sindh awarded her an honorary fellowship in Sufism and folk music. She has also received a presidential award from the Uzbekistan government. Khushk resides in Karachi with her husband and their twin sons.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • MilesToGo
    Dec 8, 2010 - 8:56AM

    She is amazing…Recommend

  • Riaz
    Dec 8, 2010 - 11:21AM

    Great Marwarri Song, sung by Shazia Khushik a ‘goodwill ambassador’…..Mara Udheta Pakhiyara Kadi Aao Na Maare Des…Khushk is a popular sindhi folk singer, who has sung in the Sindhi, Dhatki, Sairaiki, Urdu, Kashmiri, Gujrati, Brahvi, Punjabi, Balochi and English languagesRecommend

  • BILALBAJWA
    Dec 8, 2010 - 1:38PM

    Shazia khushq is marvellous singer….especially the thrilling music she express no other can create that type of thrill in the muic….i like her song lalpajero awesome song love to hear….also she got a nice personality still look that 18 years old girl Recommend

  • Haleem
    Dec 8, 2010 - 2:51PM

    she is really queen of voices, we welcome her from Wadi-e- Neelam (Kashmir) to Wadi-e-Mehran (Sindh)Recommend

  • Hardesh
    Dec 8, 2010 - 5:05PM

    Its just a pity that singers of this level being acknowledged by other countries and receiving no incentives from the government here….
    But really she has been thoroughly entertaining throughout here career, mind blowing and amazing =)
    God Bless Her =)Recommend

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