Pakistani Sufi Singer Abida Parveen Met With Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari

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Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari Proud daughter of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari met with famous Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen on 2nd January 2013.

“I had the honour of meeting Abida Parveen today” (Jan 2nd 2013). Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari said.

Abida Parveen is a Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the leading promoters of Sufi music.

She sings mainly ghazals. Her strong point is her Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by drumming and harmonium, using a range of songs by Sufi poets.  Her performance in Sufism has magical effect.

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Abida Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi,Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian. With Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan she is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era.

Currently she was a Judge on a musical show Sur Kshetra (Pakistan vs India) that was held in Dubai. She performed the duty of Jury member in Sur Kshetra with Asha Bhosle and Runa Laila.

Abida-Parveen-at-Sur-Kshetra-Launch-in-Mumbai-2There she sang a Sufi song and captain of Pakistani musical team Atif Aslam accompanied her and their song was fabulous which was much admired by the audience.

Abida Parveen started her professional career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973. Her first hit was the Sindhi song “Tuhinje zulfan jay band kamand widha”.

With her best performance Abida Parveen won several awards some of them are following:

  • President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance (1982).
  • The Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2005).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kaladharmi Begum Akhtar Academy of Ghazal in India (2012).

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari is the eldest daughter of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. She is  a Graduate from the University of Edinburgh (city of Scotland).

Bakhtawar is a social worker of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) and is actively involved in humanitarian and social activities.

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She launched a campaign to raise funds for the flood affected people across the country under the name of “Save the Flood Victims Fund” on 10th August, 2010 and managed very well.

She worked as social worker in Sindh during vacations and led away the campaign. Following the footsteps of her mother Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, Bakhtawar has also started social service during student life at the national and international level.

Abida Parveen paid tribute to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto through a Ghazal that is below.

Image courtesy of Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari Facebook page