Abida Parveen was born in 1954 in Larkana (Sindh province, Pakistan), is one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam). Abida Parveen sings mainly ghazals and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. Abida Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era.
Abida Parveen received her musical training initially from her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, and subsequently from Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. Abida Parveen embarked upon her professional career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973. Abida Parveen first hit was the Sindhi song “Tuhinje zulfan jay band kamand widha”. Abida’s Discography includes more than 30 Albums. Some of them are “Mahi Yaar Di Ghadoli”, “Arifana Kalam”, “Aap Ki Abida”, “Faiz by Abida”, “Baba Bulleh Shah” and “Ghazal Ka Safar”.
Abida Parveen Awards & Honours:
– President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance (1982)
– Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2005).
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