Sanam Marvi born 1986 is a Pakistani folk and sufi singer. She sings in Urdu, Sindhi and Seraiki languages.
Sanam Marvi was born in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan in a Sindhi family. Her father’s name is Faqeer Ghulam Rasool, a sufi singer. She had eight siblings. She started training at the age of seven and used to accompany her father to his performances at various shrines of sufis in Pakistan, including Sindh and Punjab. She later trained under Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of Gwalior gharana.
Sanam Marvi debuted at ‘Virsa Heritage’, a programme on PTV. She became popular after her performance at Coke Studio, a Pakistani television series featuring live music performances. She has since appeared in two seasons of the Coke studio.
She performs sufi concerts around the world. She is among the finest performers in the Sufi, ghazal and folk genres She sings compositions of Allama Iqbal, Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Sheikh Farid, Alam Lohar, Sachal Sarmast, the Sufi mystic from Sindh, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.
She made her debut in with a solo performance at 2010’s Jahan-e-Khusrau, the Sufi music festival. In February 2011 she performed with Indian playback singer Rekha Bhardwaj at Times of India’s Aman ki Asha at Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad
Sanam Marvi is married to Hamid Ali and together they have two children.
Best Singer – Sufism University
Sanam Marvi is not ‘Bulbul-e-Mehran’: Humaira Channa
Pakistani folk singer Humaira Channa has refused to accept Sanam Marvi, an emerging folk singer from Sindh, as ‘Bulbul-e-Mehran (Nightingale of Mehran)’, saying the singer who copies Abida Perveen — Sindhi singer and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music — does not deserve the title of ‘Bulbul-e-Mehran’.
“Abida Perveen, Reshma, Pathany Khan and Attaullah Essa Khelvi are the singers who sung their regional music and got recognition across world. Sanam Marvi is far behind from these great names,” she told daily Nai Baat.
“I am passing through learning stage and I never consider myself as a complete singer,” she added.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sanam Marvi will represent Pakistan in Sufi music festivals that would be held at Morocco, France and Japan.
Sanam Marvi made it to ‘Silver Screen’, sings Item song for Ishq Khuda
Sanam Marvi; who came in lime light after her soulful performances on the Pakistani music TV series ‘Coke Studio’, has just recorded her first song as a play back singer for a film.
The upcoming film Ishq Khuda starring Shaan Shahid and Bol famed Humaima Malick is the one in which Marvi has sung the song. Composed by Wajahat Attre and written by Ryazur Rehman Sagar, the Item number is stated to be a ‘trend setter’ for film industry by film’s director Shehzad Rafique.
It would be interesting to see Marvi who is basically a ‘Sufi’ singer, singing an ‘Item song’ for a movie that is again said to be a Sufi-Drama film in genre — Not really a kind of movies suiting item songs. But yet it would be surprising to see how this whole combination finally comes out.
It is also worth mentioning here that famous TV actor Ahsan Khan who has worked in couple of films in past as well, will also be seen playing an important character in the movie.
Talking about her item song, Marvi who has already got many TV serial title tracks to her credits, said, “Ishq Khuda is my first film as a play back singer and I feel glad that I am beginning with a song that is composed by Wajahat Attre and written by Ryazur Rehman Sagar.”
“I have put my full efforts in this particular song as I wanted to satisfy all the expectations that are attached to me,” said Marvi further.
Having films like Salakhain and Mohabbatan Sachiyan to his portfolio, Shehzad Rafique’s this directorial venture is expected to hit cinemas next year and will most probably be Shaan’s first Urdu film in year 2012 and Humaima Malick’s second project on silver screen after 2011 super hit film Bol.
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