The 7th Manchester International Festival held earlier this year saw the popular Pakistani Sufi singer, Abida Parveen regale the audiences with an incredible performance of all the classic hits.
A student of Ustad Ghulam Haider, she performed at dargah’s and shrines of Sufi saints in her early years before she took on the tutelage of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chorasia Gharana and made her passion of singing into her full time career. Today she is highly regarded as one of the greatest Sufi singers, often being described as the “female Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”.
Fans of the singer from all across the country came together to witness her live performance at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester at the unique festival of original, new work and special events staged in the city every two years.
Joining Parveen on the night at the festival was one of the world’s finest kathak dancers, Nahid Siddiqui. Siddiqui is renowned for bringing Kathak to the masses, especially after introducing the Indian dance form to the curriculum of Surrey University. The special collaboration between the two internationally acclaimed artists was a treat for all those present.
John McGrath, the Chief Executive of the MIF said, “This years festival saw a a whole host of artists looking into the future – some with hope, some with imagination and some with concern. Though we never impose a theme on the artists we work with, it is striking how this year’s programme reflected our complicated times in often joyous and surprising ways. MIF2019 was a feast of energy and I am delighted to say it was such a brilliant success.”