Renowned Kashmiri singer Raj Begum, 89, passes away after prolonged illness

FP Staff

Oct,26 2016 15:04 27 IST

Renowned Kashmiri singer Raj Begum passed away on Wednesday, 26 October. She was 89.

Raj Begum. Image from Twitter

Raj Begum. Image from Twitter

News agency ANI reported that Begum had been ill over a prolonged period of time leading up to her death.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter, as well as their children.

Born to Ghulam Rasool Sheikh of Srinagar in March 1927, Raj Begum began singing from a very early age, reported The Kashmir MonitorThe Kashmir Monitor.

Later, she would perform at weddings — before finding fame as a singer on Radio Kashmir Srinagar. She continued with her radio stint until the mid-1980s.

Raj Begum was honoured with the Padma Shri and a Sageet Natak Akademi Award.