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