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Legendary Sufi singer Abida Parveen of Pakistan, center, performs to a sold-out crowd at Humayun's Tomb during the Jahan-e-Khusrau Sufi Music Festival in New Delhi, India, March 4, 2012. Parveen, who sings mostly in Urdu, is one of the foremost musicians in modern Sufi music. - AP file photo

Queen of Sindhi music who took Sufi music to the next level of spirituality, Abida Parveen was honoured with life time achievement award at the Kaladharmi Begum Akhtar Academy of Ghazal in India. 

Perveen is an internationally acclaimed singer of Sindhi descent who received training from her father Ustaad Ghulam Haider. She started her career with Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973 after which there was no looking back.

On receiving the award, Perveen said: “I am honoured to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Begum Akhtar Academy of Ghazal. It is a proud moment!

During the award ceremony, Parveen also sang her famous ghazal 'Lal meri pat rakhiyo bhala jhoole laalan'.

Parveen has been awarded Pakistan;s Award for Pride of Performance in 1982 and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2005.