Begum Parveen Sultana

Begum Parveen Sultana (1950-present) is a renowned Assamese Hindustani classical singer of the Patiala Gharana. She is one of the well known classical singers of India and is known as Queen of Classical Vocal.

Life of Parveen Sultana:

Parveen Sultana was born in 1950  in Daccapatty in Nagaon town in Assam to Ikramul Mazid and Maroofa Mazid. Her father, late Ikramul Mazid was her first guru and taught her singing. Parveen Sultana also received her early training from her grandfather Mohammed Najeef Khan. 

She later went to Kolkata to learn music under the guidance of late Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri and from the year 1973, she became a disciple of Ustad Dilshad Khan of the Patiala Gharana. Parveen Sultana is married to Ustad Dilshad Khan and has a daughter.

Career of Parveen Sultana:

Parveen Sultana

Parveen Sultana gave her first stage performance in the year 1962 when she was only 12 years old and has been recording music since 1965. She has sung for a number of Bollywood movies like Gadar, Kudrat, Do Boond Pani and Pakeezah. 

More recently she sang the theme song of Vikram Bhatt’s film 1920. Parveen Sultana has recorded music for HMV, Polydor, Music India, Bharat Records, Auvidis, Magnasound, Sonodisc and Amigo. Parveen Sultana has worked with a number of music composers like R. D Burman, Naushaad, Lakshmikant Pyarelal and Shakar Jaikishan among others. 

Parveen Sultana along with her husband has toured and performed in different parts of the country and abroad including USA, France, Russia, Germany, Australia, Dubai, Afghanistan among others. She has started an institute named ‘Gun Ranga Sangeet Sabha’ in Mumbai. She currently lives in Mumbai.

Awards and Recognitions of Parveen Sultana:

Parveen Sultana

Parveen Sultana was conferred the Padmashri award in the year 1976. She is the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 23. 

Miyan Tansen prize in 1986, Sangeet Samraggi conferred by the Assam Government in 1994, Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song ‘Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna’ in the year 1981. 

She also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1999, the Cleopatra of Music award in the year 1972 and the Srimanta Sankardeva award by the Assam Government.

Other Awards are: 
  • Gandharva Kalanidhi, 1980
  • Miyan Tansen Prize, 1986
  • Sangeet Samraggi conferred by the Assam Government, 1994
  • Filmfare Best Female Playback Award--Kudrat (1981) for the song "Hame Tumse Pyar Kitna"
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1999
  • Srimant Sankardev award by the Assam government
  • 2014: Padma Bhushan by Government of India.

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