Abida Parveen is one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana Kalaam) both in Pakistan and abroad. She mainly sings Ghazals, Urdu love songs, and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussions and other instruments including the harmonium.
Abida has a diverse repertoire of songs originally composed by Sufi poets and sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Seraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era. A few years ago she took a Bay’ah and formally entered into the tutelage of spiritual master, Muhammad Najeeb Sultan which she has also stated in many songs. In December 2009 she launched an album in his name.
Abida Parveen, a Sindhi, was born in Mohalla Ali Goharabad in Larkana (Sindh, Pakistan). She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustaad Ghulam Haider and later from Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chorasia Gharana. Growing up, she attended her father’s music school, where the foundations of her musical career were first established.
Abida Parveen embarked upon her professional career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973. Abida has been rewarded with numerous awards for achievement in music, including the prestigious The President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance (1982), and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2005).
Abida made her debut at Coke Studio in Season 3 . Her performances were regarded as some of the most memorable the platform had witnessed since its inception. This season, the musical maestro returns to the platform and will be performing alongside other renowned musicians including Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.