Abida Parveen (عابدہ پروین) is a Muslim Pakistani Sufi singer, musician and composer. She was born in 20 February 1954. Her singing and music has gained her countless honor, and she has been dubbed as the ‘Queen of Sufi music’. Abida is also a entrepreneur and painter being a business woman from Pakistan.
Parveen is quoted as one of the world’s exceptional mystic singers. Abida is reportedly amid highest paid singers in all over the Pakistan. She sings mainly Thumri, Ghazals, Raag, Sufi rock, Khyal, Qawwali, Classical, Semi-classical music and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by harmonium and percussion, utilizing a collection of songs by Sufi poets. Abida Parveen sings in Sindhi, Urdu, Saraiki, Punjabi, Persian and Arabic.
She is well known for her songs in bloomy loud voice “Yaar Ko Hamne Ja Ba Ja Dekha” from the album Tere Ishq Nachaya and Raqs-e-Bismil which is a rendition of Bulleh Shah’s poetry. 2nd highest civilian award the Hilal-e-Imtiaz of Pakistan has been granted her by the President of Pakistan for 2012.
Parveen had already started performing at Urs and Dargahs. On Pakistan Radio in 1973, that she achieved her first real success with the Sindhi song Tuhinje zulfan jay band kamand widha. Abida Parveen was introduced as an official singer in 1977 on Pakistan Radio. Since then, Abida has risen to prominence and is now considered one of the excellent vocal singers of Pakistan. Parveen has imbued Sufi music with a new identity, marking the starting of this journey in 1980 at Sultana Siddiqui’s Awaz-o-Andaz.
She visits internationally, usually performing at sold-out venues. Her performance in Chicago in 1988 was recorded by the Hazrat Amir Khusrau Society of Art and Culture, which issued a LP of her songs. Her performance in London’s Wembley Conference Centre in 1989 was broadcast on the BBC. Abida Parveen cites her motivation for international travel as being to spread peace, Sufism and the divine message. In doing so, she also promotes Pakistani culture.
Most rated songs.
Yar ko humne jabaja dhaika
Teray ishq nachya