Zubaida Khanum (1935 - 19 October 2013) was a playback singer from Pakistan who recorded almost 250 songs during Lollywood's "golden era" of the 1950s and 1960s. She was considered Pakistani equivalent to Marni Nixon for giving voice to featured actresses in movie musicals."Pakistani singer Zubaida Khanum dies aged 78". BBC News. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. "Lollywood loses another gem: Zubaida Khanum passes away". Dawn.com. 20 October 2013. "Legendary singer Zubaida Khanum passes away". Daily Times. 20 October 2013. Cite error: The named reference independent was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
Zubaida Khanum debuted as a playback singer in film Billo in 1951, and got breakthrough from film Shehri Babu in 1953. Zubaida also acted as a supporting actress in a handful of films including Patey Khan (1955) and Dulla Bhatti (1956). However, she earned her name as the best melody singer of Punjabi and Urdu in the 1950s. She recorded almost 250 songs, predominantly solo but also in duets.
Her career lasted only for a decade but her songs emerged as remembrance to the golden period of Pakistan's film industry.Ahmad, Munir (10 June 2010). "Rich tribute paid to Zubaida Khanum". The Nation. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244707/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0402980/ "Legendary singer Zubaida Khanum passes away". Tribune - The Express. 19 October 2013.
Zubida Khanum was born in Amritsar, British India, in 1935, in a Muslim family. The family migrated to Lahore after independence in 1947.
Zubaida did not belong to any traditional gharana and never received any formal music lessons. She was given a head-start as a child when she was directed to the Lahore station of Radio Pakistan.
She married to cameraman Riyaz Bukhari at the height of her career and quit the film industry. She had two daughters and two sons. One of her sons is a cameraman Syed Faisal Bukhari.
Zubaida Khanum died on 19 October 2013 due to cardiac arrest at her home in Lahore.Cite error: The named reference dawn_obituary was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Zubaida Khanum - The legendary Pakistani film singer. Interview with Shehnaz Sheikh. Pakistan Television. Retrieved 9 April 2014. "Zubaida Khanum: The voice of Indian film". The Independent. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. Cite error: The named reference bbc_obituary was invoked but never defined (see the help page).