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Sanam Marvi


Sanam Marvi was born in 1986 in the small city of Hyderabad in Sindh, Pakistan. By age seven, she began singing with her father, Faqir Ghulam Rasool, during festivals and ceremonies held at shrines throughout Pakistan’s Sindh and Punjab provinces. She continued her studies under noted gurus, including Ustad Fateh Ali Khan at the Gwailor gharana (school). Her breakout performance on Pakistan’s national television in 2009 made her a rising star and since then her persuasive and revelatory interpretations of the subcontinent’s mystic and humanist poetries have crossed cultural borders and generations to offer solace in our uncertain and often troubled times. She has toured widely around the world, and has been featured many times on Pakistan’s popular Coke Studio. She is the subject of Marvi: The Mystic Muse, a documentary by Tanya Panjwani (2016), which has been screened at festivals in Toronto and Pakistan.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/18/2017: Sanam Marvi

Sanam Marvi, a Pakistani folk and sufi singer, will sing in Punjabi, Saraiki, and Sindhi languages. Marvi has performed worldwide and is considered among the top three finest performers in sufi, ghazal, and folk genres.

Presented in collaboration with Center Stage a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Sanam Marvi