Begum Parveen Sultana


Begum Parveen Sultana (born 10 July 1950) is an Assamese Hindustani classical singer of the Patiala Gharana.

She was awarded the Padma Shri (1976), Padma Bhushan (2014) by the Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1999, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

Early life:

Parveen was born at Daccapatty in Nagaon city, Assam, India to Ikramul Mazid of Afghanistan and Maroofa Begum of Iran. Parveen's grandparents were from Afghanistan but later immigrated to Iran. She went to Mission School.

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. On her father's suggestion, she later learned music from sangeet acharya Pt. Chinmoy Lahiri of Bengal. As to their first meeting, Parveen met her next guru and husband Dilshad Khan of Patiala Gharana musical tradition one day while he visited Chinmoy Lahiri's home. Later in Mumbai (1973), she met him again at mutual acquaitance Anima Roy's house and started their relationship from there. He later accepted her as his student and disciple. Parveen sang her first duet (jugalbandi) with Dilshad Khan at Jashn Festival concert in Afghanistan. Dilshad Khan and Parveen Sultana have one daughter, Shadaab. Seeing the level of competition and struggle in their field, both parents decided that Shadaab may learn singing but may not pursue it professionally.


Parveen gave her first stage performance in 1962 when she was only 12 and has been recording music since 1965.

Sultana has sung for movies such as Gadar, Kudrat, Do Boond Pani, and Pakeezah. Recently, she sang the theme song of Vikram Bhatt's 1920. 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, Amigo.

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

Personal life:

She is married to Dilshad Khan. They have a daughter, Shadaab Sultana.

Awards and recognition:

Padma Bhushan award, 2014
Padma Shri award, 1976
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