Sanam Marvi

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Sanam Marvi
صنم ماروی
Birth name Sanam Marvi
Born (1986-04-17) 17 April 1986 (age 31) in 2016[1]
Origin Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Genres Sufi, folk music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009-present
Labels Sagarika

Sanam Marvi (Urdu: صنم ماروی‎, Sindhi صنم ماروي) (born : 17th April 1986) is a Pakistani folk and sufi singer. She sings in Punjabi, Saraiki and Sindhi languages.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Sanam Marvi has been getting music training since the age of 7. Her father,She is from Sindhi Family. Faqeer Ghulam Rasool, was also a Sindhi folk singer. Her initial classical music training, for 2 years, was from Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of Hyderabad, Sindh in the Gwalior gharana tradition. She says that she has also learned a lot from folk singer Abida Parveen.[2]

Sanam Marvi debuted, in 2009, at ‘Virsa Heritage’, a music program on Pakistan Television Corporation channel hosted by Yousuf Salahuddin. She affectionately calls him 'like a baba to her' (a father figure to her) for giving her a big break in the Pakistani entertainment industry. Later she performed at Coke Studio, Pakistan, a Pakistani television series featuring live music performances.[2]

Marvi performs sufi concerts around the world. She is considered among the 3 of the finest performers in the Sufi, ghazal and folk genres. The other 2 being Abida Parveen and Tina Sani.[3]

She made her debut in a solo performance on the Indian soil at 2010's Jahan-e-Khusrau, the Sufi music festival arranged by the famous film producer Muzaffar Ali of 1981 film Umrao Jaan fame.[4] In February 2011, she performed with Indian playback singer Rekha Bhardwaj at Times of India's Aman ki Asha event at Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, India.[5]

Marvi made her live concert singing debut in 2012 with concerts held at London, Paris, New York, singing alongside Hadiqa Kiyani and Ali Zafar.[2]

She sang the OST for A-Plus Entertainment's Piya Bedardi and Urdu1's Bachay Baraye Farokht.

Personal life[edit]

Sanam Marvi is married to Hamid Ali Khan. They have three children.[2] Her first husband, Aftab Ahmed Pharero, also known as Aftab Ahmed Kalhoro, was murdered in Karachi in 2009.[6] They had married in 2006 but had been estranged for two years prior to his death. Marvi was Aftab's second wife.


  • Best Singer - Sufism University[7]
  • Best Singer Light Music - Virsa at 17th PTV National Awards held in 2012
  • Won UNESCO Award at 9th International Music Festival Festival Sharq Taronalari, Samarqand 2013. She is second artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to win this award.


  1. ^, Profile of Sanam Marvi on website, Retrieved 14 July 2016
  2. ^ a b c d e, 'First person: Sanam's Sufi calling', Dawn newspaper, Published 22 July 2013, Retrieved 13 July 2016
  3. ^, Published Jan 2011, Retrieved 14 July 2016
  4. ^ Shailaja Tripathi (2010-02-18). "The Hindu : Arts / Music : Messenger of peace". Chennai, India: Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rekha, Sanam performed in Hyderabad". The Times Of India. 2011-02-21. , Retrieved 14 July 2016
  6. ^ "Folk singer`s husband found shot dead". Karachi, Pakistan: 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Sufism university will counter extremism: CM". Dawn. 2011-01-22. , 'Best Singer' award info on Dawn newspaper, Retrieved 14 July 2016