Is this Child Abida Parveen?

Posted on May 15, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Music, People, TV, Movies & Theatre
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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 responses to “Is this Child Abida Parveen?”

  1. Dishoom says:

    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

  2. Faheem says:

    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 :)

  3. Tahir says:

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

  4. Farrukh says:

    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.

  5. Ali Zaidi says:

    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!

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