Iconic, profound, subliminal — to wax lyrical of Abida Parveen is natural. A legend both at home and abroad for her grace and soulful Sufi strains, Parveen over the years has stayed true to her classical origins, which she mastered under the tutelage of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.
Having started off her career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, she credits her husband, late Ghulam Hussain Sheikh, a respected director of music at Radio Pakistan, for its success. A recipient of the 1982 President’s Pride of Performance Award and the 2005 Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Parveen is indeed one of the foremost exponents of kaafi poetry and ghazal singing in Pakistan.
Barely 23 years old, Amanat Ali has a wide fan base, which includes pop and classical music followers. Brought up in a household where religious hymns and noahs would be oft-recited, Ali broke off from the traditional path and chose a career in music and film-dom. His first break came with winning the “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” contest in India and since then he has lent his voice to Bollywood songs (the hummable “Khabar Nahi” in Dostana) and also released his album Kohram in April, 2009.