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.

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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.

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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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