Abida Parveen is a composer and a musician from Pakistan. Abida was taught by her father Ustad Ghulam Haider, who was also a singer, and they often sang together at Sufi shrines 

Sufism is the mystical strand of Islam and both Abida and her father sang Sufi Music, which is a devotional music of Sufism.  Abida is even known as ‘The Queen of Sufi Music’ in Pakistan

Still to this day, it is more common for men to have a musical career in Sufi Music, and despite this, Parveen was selected over her brothers as the heir of their father’s music. 


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SAC #21

Minutes by Abida Parveen