Sassi Pannu – Pakistani folklore

by on September 28, 2010
in Music & Culture in Pakistan

Famous Pakistani folklore Sassi Pannu

Sassi Pannu; this folk tale is from the province of Sindh. Sassi was the daughter of a washer man (some versions of the story say that she was actually a princess who was abandoned by her family at birth as she was prophesied to bring a bad name to the royal family). Sassi grew up to be a girl of exceptional beauty and soon word spread around and Sassi became famous for her beautiful looks. The word also reached Pannu the son of Ali Hoti Khan, ruler of Mekran who became curious to see her. He disguised as a merchant selling perfume and reached Sassi’s native town Bhambore.

When he finally saw her, he instantly fell head over heels in love with her; for Sassi too it was love at first sight. As Sassi’s father wanted a son in law from the same trade, now Pannu disguised as a washer man asked for her hand in marriage. Sassi’ father asked him to wash some clothes as a test. Obviously Pannu who knew nothing a bout washing clothes damaged them but that crafty fellow hid gold coins in the clothes so that the customers won’t complain. Sassi’s father agreed to the match and marriage preparations began.

Pannu’s family was not happy with the match and decided to trick Pannu in coming back. Pannu’s brothers reached in time for the wedding and during celebrations got him drunk. Later they carried him away to Mekran as the night fell.

In the morning, Sassi realized that she had been tricked, ran barefoot after her husband. The poor soul died while trying to cross a desert and was buried by a shepherd. In the meanwhile Pannu regained his senses and ran back to his wife; while crossing the desert, he met a shepherd sitting by a freshly dug grave. On being told that it was his beloved Sassi’s grave, the grief struck Pannu died there and then to join his soul mate in heaven.

Pride of Pakistan – Abida Parveen: The Queen of Mysticism

Legendary and famous sufi singer of pakistan Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen was born in Larkana, Sindh Pakistan. She inherited the love of music from her father Ustad Ghulam Haider who ran a music school. She received her early music training from her father and formal training of classical music from Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.

Abida Parveen has a command over several genre of music like ghazal, kafi and qawwali. Her training in classical music has given her complete control over the notes and her powerful voice resonant voice spellbinds the listeners.

Sindh is the land of Sufi saints; people are deeply devoted to them and often visit their shrines. Abida’s family was also devoted to the Sufis and so mysticism has a deep impact on her music. She sings the kalam (poetry) of the Sufis with such ease and communicates their message of divinity, love and peace to the listeners. She creates a trance with her singing that even those who do not understand her words, are deeply moved and impressed. From the shrines of the Sufis to the concert halls the world over; Abida has performed everywhere and has left a trail of fans behind her. Abida can sing in Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Seraiki and Urdu.

Abida has also sung ghazals; her rendition of Fayez Ahmed Fayez has won accolades from many. Humble and humane the Queen of Mysticism has won many awards including the Pride of Performance award from the government of Pakistan.