Parveen Sultana

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Parveen Sultana
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Parveen Sultana
Background information
Born (1950-07-10) 10 July 1950 (age 64)
Origin Assam, India
Genres Khayal, Bhajans, Thumris
Occupation(s) Hindustani Classical Music
Instruments Vocal
Years active 1962–present

Begum Parveen Sultana (Assamese: বেগম পাৰৱীন চুলতানা) (born 10 July 1950) is an Assamese Hindustani classical singer of the Patiala Gharana.[1]

She was awarded the Padma Shri (1976), Padma Bhushan (2014) by the Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1999, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

Early life[edit]

Parveen was born at Daccapatty in Nagaon city, Assam, India to Ikramul Mazid of Afghanistan and Maroofa Begum of Iran.[citation needed] Parveen's grandparents were from Afghanistan but later immigrated to Iran.[citation needed] She went to Mission School.

One day while watching her humming in Ikramul's lap, Maroofa noticed daughter Parveen's talent and asked her husband to teach her. Parveen's father was her first guru and was very strict with her, permitting her to only listen to Lata Mangeshkar and established Indian Classical vocalists. She also received some early training from her grandfather Mohammed Najeef Khan, a Pathan. On her father's suggestion, she later learned music from sangeet acharya Pt. Chinmoy Lahiri of Bengal. As to their first meeting, Parveen met her next guru and husband Dilshad Khan of Patiala Gharana musical tradition one day while he visited Chinmoy Lahiri's home. Later in Mumbai (1973), she met him again at mutual acquaitance Anima Roy's house and started their relationship from there. He later accepted her as his student and disciple. Parveen sang her first duet and muat (jugalbandi) with Dilshad Khan at Jashn Festival concert in Afghanistan. Dilshad Khan and Parveen Sultana have one daughter. Seeing the level of competition and struggle in their field, both parents decided that she may learn singing but may not pursue it professionally.


Parveen gave her first stage performance in 1962 when she was 12 and has been recording music since 1965.

Sultana has sung for movies such as Gadar, Kudrat, Do Boond Pani, and Pakeezah. Recently, she sang the theme song of Vikram Bhatt's 1920.[2] She also sang Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna for the film Kudrat in 1981.

She has recorded for HMV, Polydor, Music India, Bharat Records, Auvidis, Magnasound, Sonodisc, Amigo.[3]

She was conferred the Padmashri in 1976, at the age of 25.

Parveen Sultana performing in Arghya 2011

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Dilshad Khan.[4] They have one daughter.

Awards and recognition[edit]



Parween also lent her voice to several songs in Bollywood films throughout the years.


  1. ^ "Parveen Sultana". 
  2. ^ Express Features Service (30 August 2008). "Malhar Magic". Express India. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Metro Plus Mangalore / Music : 'We don't teach just music'". The Hindu. 28 May 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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