Legendry Pakistani Sufi Muslim singer, composer and musician Abida Parveen is celebrating her 65th birthday today (Feb 20). Her singing and music has earned her many accolades, and she has been dubbed as the ‘Queen of Sufi music’.
Born and raised in Larkana into a Sindhi Sufi family, she was trained by her father Ghulam Haider who was a famous Singer and Music teacher. Being the Sufi sensation she is among The 500 Most Influential Muslims of the world. With the power to induce hysteria in her audience Parveen is a “Global Mystic Sufi Ambassador”. Since last few years, she sings a song for Pepsi ad in the month of Ramadan and also collaborated with Atif Aslam once in it.
She sings mainly ghazals, Thumri, Khyal, Qawwali, Raga (raag), Sufi rock, Classical, Semi-classical music and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi, Arabic and Persian. Pakistan’s second highest civilian award the Hilal-e-Imtiaz has been bestowed upon Abida Parveen by the President of Pakistan for 2012.
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16 November, 2019