Malika Pukhraj was a highly popular Ghazal and folk singer of Pakistan. She specialized in Dogri Folk music of Jammu and Kashmir. Malika Pukhraj was born in Hamirpur Sidhar to a family of professional musicians. She was given the name “Malika” at birth by Baba Roti Ram ‘Majzoob’, a spiritualist. Malika Pukhraj received her traditional musical training from Ustad Ali Baksh Kasuri, the father of legendary singer Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. She was awarded Legend of Voice Award by All India Radio in 1977 and also received the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1980.