I don’t like being compared to Abida Parveen, says Quratulain Balouch

Quratulain Balouch

KARACHI: Popular singer Quratulain Balouch has said that she does not like to be compared to legendary sufi-singer Abida Parveen.

During her interview in Tabish Hashmi’s talk-show Hasna Mana Hai, Balouch was asked about her feelings regarding the comparison between her and Parveen due to their renditions of the chartbuster Woh Humsafar Tha.

The Sammi Meri Waar singer’s response was clear and resolute, as she expounded on the uniqueness inherent in each individual.

“I don’t like it! Yes, Abida jee has a certain calibre, whereas, I am just striving to be better. She is a veteran! She is on another level. I feel every individual is different and has their own specialties. When we compare two individuals we shun their individuality and autonomy. That’s why I don’t like it,” said the singer.

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Furthermore, Hashmi also asked Balouch by shedding light on the popular norm of labelling people “legend” only when they’re gone forever, however, the same respect is never shown to them when they’re around.

The Kaari Kaari singer reiterated her stance on the significance of individuality, pointing to the example of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. She acknowledged the ambition to follow in the footsteps of legendary figures, acknowledging the value of attempting to reach such towering heights. However, she highlighted the inherent challenges in emulating such legacies, revealing that despite fervent efforts, the genuine essence of these iconic figures often remains elusive.

Quratulain Balouch, known for her unique texture and soulful style, has won many hearts through her choice of songs. She rose to prominence with her original soundtrack Woh Humsafar Tha and the song is still considered as one of her finest.

She has also been featured in Coke Studio several times and delivered many hit songs including Sami Meri Waar, Faasle, Thuggiyan, Pee Jaun and many more.

In her latest project Bandhan, she collaborated with Hassan & Roshaan. The song garnered unanimous praise for its melodious rhythm and Balouch’s singing style.

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