Is this Child Abida Parveen?

Posted on May 15, 2010
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Abida Parveen is a legend in her own times. A most amazing voice. A mesmerizing talent.This video, found on YouTube, claims to be of Abida Parveen singing as a child. But is it?

We know that Abida Parveen was a child prodigy. The Sindhi song being sung here could well be by Abida Parveen as a child. But is the child in the video Abida Parveen. I do not know. It does seem like lip-syncing and the very end with tears streaming down the child’s face did feel overdone. But, then, it could be an old PTV recording, although I seem to remember that her talent was first “discovered” by her future husband when she performed at Hyderabad radio station. If so, the child here would be too young for this to be Abida Parveen.

But let me not over-think this. The fact is that I am posting this video not because I am really interested in solving this mystery. It is because the Sindhi song in the video is indeed mesmerizing. Is indeed amazing. Whether this is Abida Parveen or not, the song is a fitting tribute to her talent.

So, lets just sit back. Let this sink in. Enjoy.

P.S. See Abida Parveen at her very best, here.

17 Comments on “Is this Child Abida Parveen?”

  1. Arfeen Aslam Ali says:
    May 16th, 2010 12:04 am

    Dunno if it is real and don’t understand Sindhi unfortunately (I assume this is Sindhi?), but the song is very captivating.

  2. aneela z says:
    May 16th, 2010 1:59 am

    definitely a case for McCurry and biometric technology!!

    its a lovely song though and amazing voice range for a girl her age.

  3. Anita says:
    May 16th, 2010 2:11 am

    My God! she is amazing.She is crying while singing.Her identity must be confirmed although whoever she is i salute her.

  4. Faraz says:
    May 16th, 2010 2:59 am

    @ Adil Sahab …. This time you have really dissappointed me :). This post could be presented as one of the examples of “urdu” journalism as you often write.

    Do you really think this could be a 40-50 years old video? When did PTV created such a good quality in 60s?

    This is clearly a recent video in gray print. The girl is simply lip syncing.

  5. Shahid says:
    May 16th, 2010 4:04 am

    @Faraz:
    Why take credit away from the young child so quickly?

    PTV didn’t telecast crystal clear video but the cameras of the ’60s were good enough to capture clear video on film. If preserved properly, a good quality video would not have been difficult to extract.

  6. Ali Zaidi says:
    May 16th, 2010 10:28 am

    This is not Abida Parveen. The video, both quality and the direction cuts are too modern for this to be 40 odd years old.

    Also notice how the credits appear on the screen. They ‘flash in’ instead of rolling up as they used to in the projector drawn days of when Abida was this age.

    Having said that, if the child in video is really singing this, great voice!

  7. Farrukh says:
    May 16th, 2010 11:06 am

    I think Adil Najam is right that this video is not of Abida Parveen. Although age-wise it could be. This is around how old she would have been in PTV’s early days.

    But the video is a great find because the song is terrific. I think the song IS by a young Abida Parveen because of the voice.

    Anyhow, I am enjoying the song, just like Adil.

  8. Tahir says:
    May 16th, 2010 7:20 pm

    I think the song is by Abida Parveen even if the video is not her

  9. Faheem says:
    May 17th, 2010 10:28 pm

    I think it is Abid Perveen because if you see this video it has another sindhi singer – Wahid Ali… who looks pretty authentic with his style of singing and face features.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55HmWcZ1wO4

    Maybe next time I goto Sindh I will try to confirm it :)

  10. Dishoom says:
    May 18th, 2010 5:07 pm

    I think it might be some lip syncing because the video quality is too good to be from the 1960s or 1970s. But the song was good enough, nontheless

  11. Ali Zaidi says:
    May 19th, 2010 1:53 pm

    At the risk of sounding pedantic, the Wahid Ali clip shows a microphone way too advanced for Abida’s childhood days. (compare to a google image search on “microphones 1960s”)

    But Faheem, if you do find out, please update us. Would be good to get to the bottom of this little mystery now.

  12. Khairsoomro says:
    May 19th, 2010 3:19 pm

    This song by one of famous Sindhi poets Wafa Pali is indeed sung by Abida Parveen. But the girl in video is not Abida Parveen. There was series of programme on Sindhi Music Channel Kashish in which the director Qasim Makka often had a modern video of old songs with look alike of the singers used in the video. There are many such Videos with look alike singers.

  13. Daud says:
    May 19th, 2010 11:09 pm

    Very interesting indeed. Although I agree it is probably not Abida Parveen in the video. Although sounds like she is singing when young

  14. May 21st, 2010 7:41 am

    Interesting..I think such talent in Pakistan really gives a good image of Pakistan and then ultimately identifies the true culture of Pakistan.
    That’s what is the aim of Azme Alishan:
    “70 years ago the idea of Pakistan was born in Lahore. Today it appears that we have reached a crossroads in our journey. Azme Alishan is an invitation for all Pakistanis to celebrate our real identity, culture and values, and to challenge negative images of our country around the world.”

  15. May 21st, 2010 7:43 am

    Ofcourse she is the talented Abida Parveen.

  16. Ali Dada says:
    May 23rd, 2010 10:51 am

    Wow, if it is Abida Parveen, she had better vanity habits as kid then now. Would it harm her if she fixes up herself – it is embarrasing to watch her on TV. She looks like a creepy younger brother of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

  17. GoTK says:
    July 17th, 2010 6:02 pm

    Can’t be:

    Abida Parveen was born in 1954, and this girl is about 10-12 years old, so if it were her, the year would be around 1964/1966.

    1. The acrylic stand holding up the lyrics sheet, on top of an aluminum tripod. That seem to be of a more modern construction and wasn’t in use in those times. People used wooden “dais” and still do.

    2. Nobody used ad-hoc acrylic stands in studios. The microphones had to be right in your face to get good sound, and this sound is way too clear.

    3. The video is way too clear. If it is film, it would have to be 35 mm and that was too expensive at the time. Video Recorders were not that great either.

    4. To get a sense of the type of white-balance on PTV programs, search Youtube.

    This looks like a very modern video. The child has some superficial resemblance to the singer, however it can’t be her.

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