Zeb-un-Nissa (singer)

Zeb-un-Nissa (Sindhi: زيب النساءُ; Death: 19 December 2019) was a Sindhi folk singer of Pakistan. She was among the leading female singers of Sindh during the period from 1960s to 1990s. She had sung hundreds of Sufi songs which were recorded by Radio Pakistan Hyderabad.

Sindhi: زيب النساء
Birth nameQaim Khatoon
Died19 December 2019.
Nawabshah, Sindh
Occupation(s)Folk singer
Years active1960–2000


Zeb-un-Nissa was born in Nawabshah Sindh in the house of Bachu Shaikh.[1] Her real name was Qaim Khatoon. She did not belong to a typical family of singers or musicians, however, her mother used to sing in local marriage ceremonies and social gatherings.

Singing careerEdit

Zeb-un-Nissa started her singing career in 1958 from Radio Pakistan Hyderabad. She took lessons of music from the renowned Sindhi singer Muhammad Juman. She had a beautiful voice.[2]Radio Pakistan recorded numerous songs of Sufi poets in her voice. Those Sufi poets included Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Sachal Sarmast, Misri Shah, Manthar Faqir, Budhal Faqir and many others. A rich collection of songs sung by her are available in the music Library of Radio Pakistan. She was also popular for the marriage songs called "Sehra" or "Lada" in Sindhi. She recorded the marriage songs with renowned female singers Zarina Baloch, Amina and Rubina Qureshi. Her duets with Ustad Muhammad Juman and Ustad Muhammad Yousuf are also very popular. Pakistan Television Centre Karachi also recorded more than 50 songs in her voice along with other female singers.[3]


Zeb-un-Nissa died on 19 December 2019 in Nawabshah.[4] Among her five daughters and two sons, only one daughter Samina Kanwal is a singer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Zub-un-Nissa (in Sindhi), Sindhi Wikipedia
  2. ^ زيب النساءِ گمناميءَ ۾ گذاري ويل سھرا لاڏا ڳائيندڙ ھڪ لوڪ گائڪا, Daily Kawish, Hyderabad, 21 December 2019.
  3. ^ ٰمصطفيٰ ملاح: خوبصورت آواز جي مالڪ گائڪا زيب النساء اسان کان وڇڙي وئي، روزاني ڪاوش، 21 ڊسمبر 2019, Daily Kawish, Hyderabad.
  4. ^ لوڪ گيتن جي راڻي زيب النساءِ لاڏاڻو ڪري وئي، روزاني سنڌيار، 20 ڊسمبر 2019, Daily Sindhyar.