Abida Parveen is a rare female chief actor in the Sufi music scene. Her strengths are kafi and ghazal, although she also ventured into the traditional male field and sang qawwalis. She is known for her particularly powerful voice and vivid musical imagination. She has gained a legendary status in the Indian subcontinent, especially in her hometown of Sindh, Pakistan.
She is the daughter of the famous Pakistani singer Ustad Ghulam Haider, who (a little bravely) ignores the conference, allows her to study under his guidance, and accompany him to various religious performances. After a period of development of her abilities, she married the influential producer from Pakistan Radio, Ustad Hussein Sheikh, and helped her further develop her career. More time spent on learning, this time with the great Saramat Ali Khan. Afterwards, many albums, editors and various world tour concerts made her the most successful Sufi female performer to date, and one of the best performers.
Childhood and early life
Abida was born in 1954 in Larkana (Sindh, Pakistan). She initially received music training from her father’s Ghulam Haider and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.
She began her career in 1973 from Pakistan Radio in Hyderabad. Her first song is the Sindhi song “Tuhinje zulfan jay band kamand widha”. The song was sung by many other Cindy singers in front of her, but Abbie brought her own unique style, rooted in classical music.
Personal life and legacy
Abida Parveen married the senior producer of Pakistan Radio, Ghulam Hussain Sheikh, in 1975. Her husband is very supportive of her career and retired in the 1980s to manage her career. The couple has three children. Her husband died of heart disease in the early 21st century.
Abida Parveen is a heart disease patient with a heart attack in 2010. Her health improved after treatment.She is known for her unique style of dress. She wore a long button to lead kameez and salwar, and put ajrak on her shoulder, a Sindhi duppatta. She always let her black curly hair untie.
Abida Parveen is considered one of the greatest mysterious singers in the world and one of the most important representatives of Sophie music. She is confident that she will revitalize and promote Sophie music on the international stage during her career, which has spanned more than forty years. Her most famous songs are ‘Yaar ko Humne’ from the album ‘Raqs-e-Bismil’ and ‘Tere Ishq Nachaya’, which is the interpretation of Bulleh Shah’s poetry.
Awards and achievements
Abida Parveen won the Pakistan Presidential Performance Award in 1984. She also won the Golden Lar Shahbaz Qalandar Medal in the same year.
In 2005, she won the third highest honor and civilian award in Pakistan, Sitara-i-Imtiaz.
In 2012, she received the Hilal-e-Imtiaz Award, which recognizes individuals who “have made a particularly valuable contribution to Pakistan’s security or national interests, world peace, culture or other major public utilities”.