This is one heck of an amazing song…one of the best by Abida Parveen.


Main Nara-e-Mastana

Main nara-e-mastana,  main shouqi- e- rindana
Main tashna kahan jaaon, pee kar bhi kahan jana

Main souz-e-mohabbat hoon, main aik qayamat hoon
Main ashk-e-nadaamat hoon, main gouhar-e-yakdana
Main tahir-e-lahooti, main johar-e-malkooti
Nasoot ne kab mujh ko is haal mein pehchana

Main sham-e- farozan hoon, main aatish-e-larza hoon
Main sozish-e-hijraan hoon, main manzil-e-parwana
Kis yaad ka sehera hoon, kis chashm ka darya hoon
Khud toor ka jalwa hoon, hai shakl qalbhana

Main husn-e-mujassim hoon, main gesu-e-barham hoon
Main phool hoon shabnam hoon, main jalwa-e-janana
Main wasif-e-bismil hoon, main ronaq-e-mehfil hoon
Ik toota howa dil hoon, main shehar mein veerana 

About Abida Parveen:

Background information
Born                   1954 (age 56–57)
Origin                 Larkana, Pakistan
Genres               Kafi, Ghazal and Qawwali
Occupations       Singer/Musician
Years active        1973–present
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, Urdu love songs, 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, 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 has taken a Bay’ah, and formally entered into the tutelage of a spiritual master, Muhammad Najeeb Sultan. She has expressed Muhammad Najeeb Sultan as her spiritual master in many songs.[citation needed] In December 2009 she launched an album in his name.
Early life:


Abida Parveen, a Sindhi, was born in mohalla Ali Goharabad in Larkana (Sindh province, Pakistan). She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, and later from Ustad Salamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chorasia gharana. Growing up, she attended her father’s music school,where her foundation in music was laid.


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”.
Coke Studio:


Abida performed on the internationally acclaimed Pakistani show Coke Studio, on which she sang three songs, including Ramooz-e-Ishq, Nigah-e-Darwaishaan, and Soz-e-Ishq.
Personal life:


Abida was married to Ghulam Hussain Sheikh, senior producer at Radio Pakistan, who died a few years ago and who nurtured her development as a singer in her early years. The couple had a daughter Priya, an MBA who acts as her adviser, and a son Saranj.


President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance (1982), and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2005).


The uncrowned Sufi Queen

Pakistani singer Abida Parveen´s truly amazing voice has earned her the status as heir to the crown of the late Qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Though not as immediate as the surging ecstasies of the big Qawwali ensembles, her intimate, charged music offers much to those prepared to give themselves over to it.

“Parveen could sing a shopping list and have an audience weeping”, wrote BBC´s Peter Marsh when Abida Parveen´s album ´Visal´ was released in 2002.

Abida Parveen is known for the dazzling quality of her voice and her vivid musical imagination allied to her utterly feminine sensibility, all used to tell the Beloved the states His love makes us endure.

A real cult is now devoted to Abida, proof indeed of the way this immense artist gives herself over entirely to her public in her music; so long as they demand it, she is ready to go on giving the best of her gifts to serve the kalam (the Word) of the Sufi saints. Sometimes she will linger on a low note, sometimes she´ll rise to dizzy heights with oval ornaments of dazzling virtuosity; she seems to be in a state of ecstatic communion with her audience, inspired by an energy coming directly from Him whose praises she sings.

Very few Westerners understand the texts. Parveen sings about love of the only one, and the wish to be united with this divine creature. But she interprets the Sufi poetry with a clear diction and a gentle, often melancholy presence which makes the message go right in.

Abida Parveen gets her material from the old texts of the Sufi poets and herself composes the music, which is as richly ornamented as the warm voice embracing the stanzas. The ancient, soulful strains of Sufi music can some day unite the sparring neighbours India and Pakistan, says Abida Parveen in an interview in Indo-Asian News Service, April 2003:

“With the two countries sharing so much common cultural and traditional legacy, peace will prevail one day. Sufi music will have a role in unifying them”.

The Sufi movement created a rich composite culture blending Islamic and indigenous cultures during Mughal rule in the Indian subcontinent. The movement was reflected in art, music, religion and philosophy. The Sufi movement coupled with the Bhakti movement opposed religious orthodoxy and caste and creed divisions and gave India such saints as Kabir, Namdev and Baba Sheikh Farid.

“The basic tenet of Sufism is the same: love for god and your fellow brethren,” says Parveen: “In different areas, different saints propagated this one message using the idiom of that area and its traditional music so the masses could understand. Once you understand the message, you will realise that basically we are all the same.”

“Music transcends the barriers of language, culture and creed. Even if an Englishman who doesn´t understand the words listens to Sufi music, it will transport him to ecstasy,” she says.

Indeed Parveen´s music has a power to communicate across racial and denominational divides.

Author: Karin Bergquist

Born in 1954, Abida Parveen grew up in Larkana, Sind, in southern Pakistan in a home where the Muslim Sufi culture was very important.

Abida Parveen´s father, Ghulam Haider, ran a music school. Though women in Muslim society are rarely encouraged to pursue musical (or other performance) careers, her father recognized his daughter´s extraordinary talent at an early age and encouraged her to sing and brought her along to the annual religious festivals.

Here Abida met the trance-seeking music and song tradition practised by Sufis in Muslim brotherhoods around the world to get in touch with and praise the divine.

Her career crystallized after her marriage to the late Ghulam Hussain Sheikh, a senior producer in Radio Pakistan who became her mentor. She studied classical vocal music with Salamat Ali Khan, who, like Abida Parveen, has appeared previously at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.

While she does not regularly perform purely classical music, her prodigious command of the ornamental idiom and developmental genius of this genre is apparent throughout her music.

She has performed in a wide range of venues both sacred and secular, from the shrines of saints in her native Sindh to the world´s greatest concert halls.

Parveen has recorded over 100 albums – few of which are available in Europe – and releases a new album every 6-8 months.



Published Audio,
On this recording Parveen devotes herself to Kafi, a strain of mystical and often radical poetry originating from what is now the troubled border between India and Pakistan. These are love poems in many senses of the word and the Sufi ideal of Visal (union with The Beloved) is often expressed in ways that seem as worldly as they are spiritual. This is a more reflective music than the joyous abandon of Qawwali; tabla and dholak provide the shifting, cyclical heartbeats that underpin Parveen´s song, shadowed by harmonium and bansuri flute. Parveen´s gloriously honeyed voice is a warm, agile instrument, suffused with sadness and joy, strength and fragility in equal measure.