In the Middle East, singer Umme Kulthum is a legend. She was awarded titles such as Bint-e-Nil, Kokab-e-Mashreq, Bulbul-e-Sahra, and Soot-e-Arab. On February 3, 1975, the great singer closed her eyes forever. Today is the anniversary of Umme Kulthum.

He was from Egypt where he was born on December 31, 1898, to a peasant family. She loved music and singing from the beginning. He mastered Arab classical music and his voice became recognizable in the 1920s. Gradually, she became a popular singer in the Arab world. In 1934, a program was broadcast on Radio Cairo, and his voice resonated throughout the Arab world.

Umme Kulthum had listened to the folk songs and stories of the Bedouins and villagers, had seen their lives up close, and was familiar with the culture. He chose Arab classical music in the light of his observations and experiences and performed folk songs in ancient and classical melodies in his own voice so that they became immortal.

Umm Kulthum gained eternal fame thanks to these songs. His fans include people from all walks of life, not just Egypt. The singer was awarded Egypt’s highest honor, the Al-Kamal, and was honored with several other awards.

The singer also sang an Arabic translation of Allama Iqbal’s poems Shikwa, Jawab Shikwa, which was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan. She lost her life due to a ruptured cerebral artery. Millions of people attended the funeral of this great singer.

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