عابدہ پروین {Abida Parveen} (b. 1954) is a Pakistani singer, one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music. Her forte is the kafi and the ghazal, though she has also ventured into traditional male territory and sung qawwalis.

Parveen was born in Larkana (Sindh province, Pakistan). She received her musical training initially from her father, Ghulam Haider, and subsequently from Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.

She embarked upon her professional career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973. Her first hit was the Sindhi song “Tuhinje zulfan jay band kamand widha”. This song had been sung by many other Sindhi singers before her, but Parveen brought her own unique style to it, rooted in classical music.

Although she is associated most closely with the verses of the Sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif, she has also sung the verses of other Sufi saints, including Amir Khusrau, Bulleh Shah, Sachal Sarmast, Sultan Bahu, and others such as Kabir and Waris Shah.

Parveen is perhaps equally renowned as an accomplished ghazal singer in Urdu and Sindhi, and an exponent of Punjabi, Urdu, and Sindhi Sufiana Kalam, which literally translates as the ‘Sayings of the Sufis’, comprising the poems and aphorisms of the great Sufis of the Indian sub-Continent. Sufiana Kalam is also closely aligned to Sikh Punjabi devotional singing, otherwise known as the Shabad Kirtan tradition.

Edited by Grosseteste on 24 Jun 2013, 15:36

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