BEGUM PARVEEN SULTANA
Begum Parveen Sultana (born 1950) is a Assamese Hindustani classical singer of the Patiala Gharana. She is among the foremost classical vocalists in India and is known as Queen of Classical Vocal. She was conferred the Padmashree in 1976 (she is the youngest recipient of this award).Parveen Sultana was born in Nowgong, Assam, India to Ikramul Mazid and Maroofa Mazid. She has a brother, Shekhu. Her father, late Ikramul Mazid was her first guru and he was very strict with her. She also received early training from her grandfather Mohammed Najeef Khan. She later went to Kolkata to learn to learn music under the guidance of late Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri and from 1973, she became a disciple of Ustad Dilshad Khan of the Patiala Gharana. She is married to Ustad Dilshad Khan. They have a daughter.
Parveen Sultana gave her first stage performance in 1962 when she was only 12 and has been recording music since 1965. Sultana has sung for movies like Gadar, Kudrat, and Pakeezah. Recently, she sang the theme song of Vikram Bhatt’s latest opus 1920. She also sang Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna – Kudrat 1981. Parveen Sultana has recorded for HMV, Polydor, Music India, Bharat Records, Auvidis, Magnasound, Sonodisc, Amigo.
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