Parween Sultana

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Begum Parveen Sultana (born 10 July 1950) is an Indian Hindustani classical singer of the Patiala Gharana.[1]

Parveen Sultana
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Parveen Sultana
Background information
Born (1950-07-10) 10 July 1950 (age 69)
OriginNagaon, Assam, India
GenresKhayal, Bhajans, Thumris
Occupation(s)Hindustani Classical Music
Years active1962–present

She was awarded the Padma Shri (1976), Padma Bhushan (2014) by the Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1998, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

Early lifeEdit

Parveen was born in the house of famous Hazarika family of Puranigudam, a village in Nagaon, Assam, India to Ikramul Mazid and Maroofa Begum. Maroofa belongs to the Hazarika family and Ikramul Mazid whose whose roots were from Afghanistam was born in Daccapaty, Nagaon. Ikramul's mother was an Assamese muslim lady from Chalchali, Puranigudam. Parveen went to one of the then finest school situated in Nagaon district of Assam, Mission High School, which was established before the famous sepoy mutiny of 1857.

One day while watching her humming in Ikramul's lap, Maroofa noticed daughter Parveen's talent and asked her husband to teach her. Parveen's father was her first guru and was very strict with her, permitting her to only listen to Lata Mangeshkar and established Indian Classical vocalists. She also received some early training from her grandfather Mohammed Najeef Khan, a Pathan. She later learned music from Birendra Kumar Phukan and Hiren Sarma [2] and then on her father's suggestion, she later learned music from Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri of Bengal. Parveen met her next guru and future husband Dilshad Khan one day while he visited Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri's home. He later accepted her as his disciple. Parveen sang her first duet (jugalbandi) with Dilshad Khan at Jashn Festival concert in Afghanistan. Parveen enjoys both vegetarian/non-vegetarian foods and is allergic to yogurt. Parveen faced a large mirror while practicing for hours to ensure her posture and facial expressions wouldn't look ugly or unsuitable for stage performances.


Parveen gave her first stage performance in 1962 when she was 12 and has been recording music since 1965. She has started her professional career with Abdul Majid's Assamese Film Morom Trishna. Sultana has sung for Bollywood movies such as Gadar, Kudrat, Do Boond Pani, and Pakeezah, and several other Assamese films. Recently, she sang the theme song of Vikram Bhatt's 1920.[3] She also sang Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna for the film Kudrat in 1981.

She has recorded for HMV, Polydor, Music India, Bharat Records, Auvidis, Magnasound, Sonodisc, and Amigo.

She was conferred the Padmashri in 1976, at the age of 25.

Parveen Sultana performing in Arghya 2011

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Ustad Dilshad Khan. They have one daughter.

Awards and recognitionEdit


  • An hour of Ecstasy (Raga Madhuwanti/Raga Gorakh Kalyan/Raga Mishra Bhairavi thumri/Bhajan)
  • Narayani (Raga Narayani)
  • Ghazals
  • Young Voices of India (Modern Ghazals)- Maikada se utha ke pila Saaqiya
  • Begum Parveen Sultana- (Raga Salag Varali todi/Raga Lalita/ Raga Khamaj thumri)
  • Enchanting Bhajans (Raga Rageshri/Bhajan/Bhajan/Bhajan)
  • Ethereal Duo- with Dilshad Khan (Raga Marwa/Raga Kaushi Nat/Raga Mishra Bhairavi thumri)
  • Genius of Parveen Sultana (Raga Kalavati/Raga Rageshri/Hori thumri/Malhar Mala bhajan)
  • Homage to Guru (Raga Shyam Kauns/Raga Shuddh Sarang/Raga Mishra Kafi hori thumri)
  • Impeccable Soprano Parveen Sultana & Innovative Tenor Dilshad Khan- with Dilshad Khan (Raga Rageshri/Raga Hansdhwani)
  • Innovation Greets Tradition (Raga Sarang Kauns/Raga Miya ki Malhar)
  • Khayal & Thumri (Raga Kusumi Kalyan/Raga Mangal Bhairav/Raga Bhairavi thumri)
  • Marvellous Jugalbandi- with Dilshad Khan (Raga Bhatiyaar/Raga Kaushi Kanada)
  • Megh-Manavi (Raga Megh/Raga Manavi/Raag Hemant thumri)
  • One Plus One...In Harmony- with Dilshad Khan (Raga Multani/Raga Puriya Dhanashri)
  • Le Chant Khayal de Parveen Sultana et Dilshad Khan- with Dilshad Khan (Raga Kalavati/Raga Megh Malhar/Raga Bageshri/Raga Mishra Pahadi thumri)
  • Two Voices- with Dilshad Khan (Raga Puriya Dhanashri/Raga Hansdhwani/Raga Bhairavi sadra)
  • Phenomenal Performance (Raga Ahir Bhairav/Raga Nand Kauns/Raga Bhairavi sadra)
  • Parveen Sultana Sings Rare Melodies (Raga Rajni Kalyan/Raga Deen Todi)
  • Khayal Se Bhajan Tak- with Dilshad Khan (Vol 1 to Vol 4)
  • Duologue in Raga- with Dilshad Khan (Raga Kedar bhajan/Raga Leelavati/Raga Rageshri/Raga Todi) 1992
  • From Dawn Until Night (De l'aube à la nuit) - with Dilshad Khan (Raga Gujri todi/Raga Kuvalaya Bhairav/Raga Ambika Sarang/Raga Bhoopali tarana/Raga Amba Manohari/Raga Jog/Raga Mishra Bhairavi thumri/Meera bhajan/Brahmanand bhajan) 1995
  • Parveen (Raga Rageshri/Raga Mishra Mand) 2004
  • Simply Divine (Raga Puriya Dhanashri/Raga Mishra Khamaj thumri/Raga Mishra Kedar bhajan) 2004
  • Maestro's Choice Parveen Sultana (Raga Maru Bihag/Raga Amba Manohari/Raga Hansdhwani tarana) 2006
  • Safar (Raga Maru Bihag/Raga Hansdhwani tarana/Raga Bhairavi sadra/Meera bhajan/Sai bhajan)
  • Live from Savai Gandharva Music Festival (Raga Gujri todi/Raga Jaunpuri/Kabir Bhajan); (Raga Jog/Raga Gurjri todi/Marathi song); (Raga Lalit/Raga Komal Bhairav)
  • Par Excellence (Raga Madhuwanti/Raga Jog/Raga Maluha Mand) 2011
  • Zen Harmony (Raga Gujri todi/Meera Bhajan)


Parween also lent her voice to several songs in films throughout the years.


  1. ^ "Parveen Sultana". Archived from the original on 25 January 2013.
  2. ^ পাৰবীন চুলতানা, ধ্ৰুপদী সংগীতৰ প্ৰসিদ্ধ শিল্পী, বহুমুখ, Ajir Asom's Wednesday Special Edition, 16 May 2012
  3. ^ Express Features Service (30 August 2008). "Malhar Magic". Express India. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

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