I get chills when people say I’m a mini Abida Parveen: Natasha Baig

“I feel the weight of peoples’ expectations,” she confesses. “I do feel that since Shikwa, the persona that people have of me in their heads… I mean, I get chills when people say, ‘She’s a mini Abida Parveen.’ That’s a lot of pressure because no one can be like Abida Parveen.”

Standing at only 5’1” the singer is a petite person with a big voice. She seems somewhat meek and demure in person, but when she stands in front of a microphone she is completely transformed — every look, gesture, expression perfectly synchronised with her powerhouse vocals, she owns her performance and the audience. And she appears tall, very tall.


After years of struggling, Natasha Baig finally got her big break. She opened the season of the popular music show (Coke studio) with a collaboration with Farid Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal on an improvised version of Allama Iqbal’s Shikwa — she was doing the Shikwa part and she held her own against what is arguably Pakistan’s preeminent qawwal group.


But Coke Studio isn’t the only time she’s appeared on a music show. This talented singer, who’s finally gotten everyone’s attention now, made her television debut several years ago in 2013 through Cornetto Music Icons. Around 20-years-old then, the heavily-fringed, skinny jeans-clad Natasha Baig that was a contestant on the show looked and sounded completely different compared to the artist she is now.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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