Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:13
She was born in Loha village of in Tahsil Ratangarh, Rajasthan to a Banjara (Gypsy) family about 1947.Her family moved to Pakistan during the partition of India soon afterwards. She says she does not have any training in classical music.In 2004 her rendition of Ashkan Di Gali Vich Mukaam De Gaya was in the top ten of the Indian charts.
Reshma once said in an interview, "I was born in a family of saudagars in Rajasthan in a small settlement called Bikaner. I don't know the year I was born but I was told that I was brought to Pakistan when I was a few months old in 1947. My family would take camels from Bikaner and sell them in other areas, and bring back goats and cows from elsewhere to sell at home. I belong to a huge clan of gypsies. We were forever travelling around. Though a lot of us have now settled and taken up permanent residences in Lahore and Karachi, whenever we feel restless we pack our bags and move on."
On Hum TV, in Karachi, Pakistan, Reshma made it a point to let the audience know how unhappy she was with them, because she was forgotten. She also pointed out at the Zardari government for stopping her social assistance paycheck. She also mentioned that when she was in India, the officials asked her to stay there for good, as she was born in Rajasthan, but she returned to Pakistan. Her daughter Shazia Reshma sings with her mother sometimes on talk shows or events. Reshma can't sing much as her voice has been lost due to her illnesses. She can't pronounce words that well, and thus requires the help of her daughter to clear her singing. At the end of the talk show on Hum TV, Reshma left a number for people to help her survive her situation.
Her current residence is in the area of Icchra in Lahore Pakistan.
Reshma is a vegetarian.
Reshma suffered from Cancer and was in a pretty bad shape when President of Pakistan- President Pervez Musharraf came to her aid, and helped her pay of her loan of 1 million Rupees, as well as put her on a secured assistance of 10,000 rupees per month. He also helped her secure a plot of land for herself, but that did not go through due to the change in government.
Reshma described Musharraf as a true lover of art.