Kashmiri singer Padma Shri Raj Begum dies at 89

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Legendary Kashmiri singer and Padma Shri Raj Begum died on Wednesday. She was 89.

Padma Shri Raj Begum

Raj Begum breathed her last at her daughter’s residence in Chanapora area of the city, officials said.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter. Raj Begum was awarded Padma Shri in 2002 and Sangeet Akademi award in 2013. She was also bestowed with State award by Jammu and Kashmir government in 2009.

Raj Begum”s captivating voice has ruled generations of Kashmiri music lovers. Starting off as wedding singer, she gradually rose to become one of the most powerful female voices of Kashmir

(With inputs from PTI)

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