Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.
Abida Parveen (born 1954) is a Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam). She sings mainly ghazals and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi,Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era. She is currently a Judge on a musical show Sur Kshetra.
Abida Parveen embarked upon her professional career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973. Her first hit was the Sindhi song “Tuhinje zulfan jay band kamand widha”.
President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance (1982), the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2005) and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kaladharmi Begum Akhtar Academy of Ghazal in India (2012).