Begum Parveen Sultana
Begum Parveen Sultana ranks today as one of the foremost classical vocalists in India. A child prodigy, she was the youngest artist to receive the Padmashri award, in 1972, from the Government of India.
She received her early training from her father Ikramul Majid and her grandfather Mohammed Najeef Khan. Both were ardent music lovers and their nurturing of her talent at an early age enabled her to give her first recital at the tender age of twelve and from then on, there has been no looking back! Her father then put her under the guidance of renowned maestro Acharya Chinmoy Lahiri of Calcutta.
Parveen Sultana subsequently found the Guru who further laid down a much deeper foundation that gave a new dimension to her singing, giving it the required mastery of ragas and voice culture that would expand her range to three and a half octaves, Ustad Dilshad Khan, her Guru and husband.
Parveen Sultana has recorded for HMV, Polydor, Music India, Bharat Records, Auvidis, Magnasound, Sonodisc, Amigo. Association Sargam is privileged to have represented Begum Parveen Sultana, as also her Guruji Ustad Dilshad Khan, since 1984 on innumerable European tours. She is the 'Ultimate Soprano', applauded for both her outstanding musicality and breathtaking virtuosity.