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Parasto Mehryar
Birth name Parasto (پرستو)
Born Afghanistan
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1970-present
Labels Various

Parasto Persian: پرستو‎, born Nooria is an Afghan singer.[1] She has been a singer since the 1970s and rose to fame with her former husband Rahim Mehryar.


Parasto came from a very strict religious family from Kabul. She started her career with the song "Saqi" in the early 1970s on Radio Kabul. Parasto graduated from Zarghona Girls' High School in Kabul. Her most popular songs are "Juz Tu Zinda Am", "Zindaghi Yak Rahe Door", "Yak Shabe Baraani" and "Dil Aadam", which was composed by Waheed Qasimi. In December 2009, Parasto was awarded the title of "Sitara-e- Hunar" at the ATN Awards in Hamburg.[citation needed]

Parasto’s father is a Pashtun from the northern Afghan Province of Laghman, she has also lived in Laghman. Her mother is a Dari-speaking woman from Kabul. Parasto speaks Pashto, Dari and German.

On 6 June 2010, Parasto's husband, Rahim Mehryar, died after suffering from cancer. Parasto returned to Afghanistan in November 2010 to perform for Afghans in Afghanistan and she was applauded by a lot of fans there.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Afghan TV lifts ban on local women singers". CNN. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 1 May 2011.