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Mahwash (born Farida Mahwash, Persian: فریده مهوش) commonly referred to as Ustad Mahwash (Persian: استاد مهوش) is a popular Afghan singer. She is the first and the only woman (as of 2006) to have been conferred the honorary title of “Ustad” (meaning Master or Maestra in Persian). She currently lives in exile in California, USA; however, she occasionally does tour other countries for performances.

Farida Mahwash was born to a conservative family in Afghanistan. Her mother was teacher of Quran and therefore religion influenced her upbringing. Her interest in music, because of this factor, was suppressed for years as the Afghan society of that time looked upon female singers and musicians with contempt. Upon completion of her studies, Farida accepted a position in the Kabul Radio Station. She was discovered here by the director of the radio station who was impressed by her voice and therefore encouraged Farida to pursue singing as a career.
With her music Ensemble
With her music Ensemble

Farida took music and singing lessons under the scholarship of Ustad Mohammad Hashem Cheshti. He was an established maestro and put the protégé to rigorous training. Most of the lessons were based on classical Indian music that serve to train most Afghan singers up until today.

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  • renc-u-ana

    Bişnev in ney çün şikayet mî küned ez cüdâyîhâ hikâyet mî küned

    15 Feb 2008 Reply

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