Abida Parveen

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Abida Parveen
Abida Parveen in concert at Oslo.jpg
Abida Parveen (in black) in Oslo in 2007
Background information
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Origin Larkana, Pakistan
Genres Kafi
Occupations Singer
Years active 1973–Present

Abida Parveen (born 1954) (Sindhi: عابده پروين, Urdu: عابده پروین‎), is a Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam).[1] She sings mainly ghazals and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets.[2] 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.[3][4][5][6] She is best known for the Qawwali song Dama Dam Mast Qalandar.[7] She was a Judge on a musical show Sur Kshetra.

Early life[edit]

Abida Parveen (right) with her spiritual master Muhammad Najeeb Sultan (center).

Abida Parveen, a Sindhi, was born in mohalla Ali Goharabad in Larkana (Sindh province, Pakistan).[3] She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, and later from Ustad Salamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chorasia gharana. Growing up, she attended her father's music school, where her foundation in music was laid.[8]


Abida Parveen embarked upon her professional career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973. Her first hit was the Sindhi song “Tuhinje zulfan jay band kamand widha”.

Coke Studio[edit]

Abida performed on the internationally acclaimed Pakistani show Coke Studio, on which she sang three songs: Ramooz-e-Ishq, Nigah-e-Darwaishaan, and Soz-e-Ishq.

Personal life[edit]

Abida was married to Ghulam Hussain Sheikh, senior producer at Radio Pakistan, who died a few years ago and who nurtured her development as a singer in her early years. The couple have a daughter Priya, an MBA who acts as her adviser, and a son Saranj.[2][3]



  • Aap Ki Abida
  • Are Logo Tumhara Kiya
  • Best of Abida Parveen (1997)
  • Baba Bulleh Shah
  • Abida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics Vol 1
  • Arifana Kalam
  • Chants Soufis Du Pakistan
  • Faiz by Abida
  • Ghalib by Abida Parveen
  • Ghazal Ka Safar Vol I & Vol II
  • Har Tarannum
  • Hazrat Sultanul Arafin Haq Bahu Rematullah
  • Heer By Abida
  • Ho Jamalo
  • Ishq Mastana
  • Jahan-e-Khusrau
  • Jeewey Sain Yan Jeewey
  • Kabir by Abida (2002)
  • Kafian Bulleh Shah
  • Kafiyan Khwaja Ghulam Farid
  • Khazana
  • Kuch Is Ada Se Aaj
  • Latthe Di Chadar
  • Mahi Yaar Di Ghadoli
  • Mere Dil Se
  • Meri Pasand - Abida Parveen
  • Raqs-e-Bismil - Dance of the Wounded
  • Sarhadein
  • Sings Amir Khusrau
  • Ginans - Live in Concert before the Aga Khan
  • Tera Ishq Nachaya
  • The very best of Abida
  • Yaadgar Ghazalen Vol 1
  • Suneharaa Saal (Ismaili Geets)
  • Rukh-e-Murshid (A tribute to Abida Parveen's Murshid Sahibzada Muhammad Najeeb Sultan)


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