Abida Parveen

"Queen of Sufi Music"

Abida Parveen
عابدہ پروین

Abida Parveen in concert at Oslo.jpg
Parveen performing in Oslo, Norway
Background information
Native name
  • عابدہ پروین
  • عابدھ پروین
Birth nameAbida Parveen
Also known asLiving legend of Pakistan Queen of Sufi music[1]
Born (1954-02-20) February 20, 1954 (age 65)
Larkana, Sind, Pakistan
  • Singer
  • Musician
  • Entrepreneur
  • Composer
  • Vocals
  • harmonium
  • percussions
Years active1973–Present
LabelsCoke studio, PTV, etc
Associated actsCoke Studio,
Bulleh Shah, Mobilink, Telenor, Alfllah,abidaparveen.com.pk

Abida Parveen (Urdu: عابدہ پروین; born 20 February 1954),[2] is a Pakistani Sufi Muslim singer, composer and musician. Her singing and music has earned her many accolades, and she has been dubbed as the 'Queen of Sufi music'. She is also a painter and entrepreneur.

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. She plays Pump organ, Keyboard and Sitar. Parveen started performing in the early 1970s and came into global prominence in the 1990s. Since 1993, Parveen has toured globally, performing her first international concert at Buena Park, California.[3] She had performed in Churches also several times. Parveen also features in Pakistan's popular musical show Coke Studio and was a judge on the pan-South Asia contest show Sur Kshetra[4] alongside Runa Laila and Asha Bhosle hosted by Ayesha Takia. It also features Atif Aslam and Himesh Reshammiya. She had appeared in various Indian and Pakistani Music reality shows including Pakistan Idol, Chhote Ustaad and STAR Voice of India. 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.

Parveen is referred as one of the world's greatest mystic singers.[5] Abida Parveen is reportedly among the highest paid singers in Pakistan. 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.[6] Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi, Arabic and Persian.[7][8][9] She had also sung a famous song in Nepali language called "Ukali Orali Haruma" by Nepali singer Tara Devi in a concert in Kathmandu, Nepal which was attended by Govinda. In 2017, she was designated a 'Peace Ambassador' by SAARC.

Parveen is best known for her songs in bloomy loud voice Yaar ko Humne from the album Raqs-e-Bismil and Tere Ishq Nachaya which is a rendition of Bulleh Shah's poetry.[10] Pakistan's second highest civilian award the Hilal-e-Imtiaz has been bestowed upon Abida Parveen by the President of Pakistan for 2012.[11]

Early life

Parveen was born in mohalla Ali Goharabad in Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan. She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, whom she refers as Baba Sain and Gawwaya. He had his own musical school where Parveen got her devotional inspiration from. She and her father would often perform at shrines of Sufi Saints. Parveen's talent compelled her father to choose her as his musical heir over his two sons. Growing up, she attended her father's music school, where her foundation in music was laid.[12][13] Later Ustad Salamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chaurasia gharana also taught and nurtured her. Parveen always remembers that she was never forced towards this occupation and she sang her first complete kalam when she was only 3 years old.

Other Languages
asturianu: Abida Parveen
Cymraeg: Abida Parveen
español: Abida Parveen
Esperanto: Abida Parvin
français: Abida Parveen
italiano: Abida Parveen
മലയാളം: ആബിദ പർവീൺ
پنجابی: عابدہ پروین