Music, Poetry, Literature, Culture
Music, Poetry, Literature, Culture

Zarina Baloch

Zarina Baloch (Sindhi: زرينه بلوچ‎) (29 December 1934 – 25 October 2005) was a Pakistani folk music singer, vocalist and composer. She was also an actress, Radio and TV artist, writer, teacher for over 30 years, political activist and social worker. 
Early life and family
She was born in 29 December 1934 in Allahdad Chand Village, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan her mother, Gulroz, died in 1940 when Zarina was six years old. She studied with Mohammad Juman, who was also a Sindhi singer. At early age 15 years, her family arranged her marriage with a remote relative. She had two children: Akhter Baloch also known as Zina (born in 1952), and Aslam Parvez (born in 1957). However, Baloch and her husband disagreed on the subject of her further education and the pair were separated in 1958. Baloch joined Radio Hyderabad in 1960 and received her first Music Award in 1961. Then Zarina married Sindhi politician Rasool Bux Palijo, their marriage took place in Hyderabad on 22 September 1964 and they had a son, Ayaz Latif Palijo. In 1967, she became a teacher at the Model School Sindh University. She retired in 1997 and died in 2005 of Brain Cancer in Liaquat National Hospital
Imprisonment and political activism
In 1979, Zarina was arrested and imprisoned in Sukkur and Karachi jails for leading the protests against President General Zia ul Haq’s Martial Law. The songs and anthems sung by Zarina Baloch “Maan Chuke Balochani”, “Man Yagehaan” and “Jeaey Sindh” became the musical symbols of Baloch and Sindhi nationalism. Because of her struggle against the ruling classes and against gender discrimination, feudalism and martial laws of Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan, she earned the title of JeeJee (mother) of the Sindhi people.[ She was one of the leading founders of Sindhiani Tahreek, Women’s Action Forum, Sindhi Adabi Sangat and Sindhi Haree Committee. She was fluent in Sindhi, Urdu, Seraiki, Balochi, Persian, Arabic and Gujrati.