Sanam Marvi (Urdu: صنم ماروی) (born: 17 April 1986) is a Pakistani folk and sufi singer. She sings in Sindhi, Punjabi, and Balochi languages.
Early Life and Career
Sanam Marvi’s childhood was full of hardships and poverty. Marvi started getting music training at the age of 7. She is from a Sindhi Family. Her father, Faqeer Khan Muhammad, was also a Sindhi folk musician/harmonium player. He gave Marvi initial classical music training for 2 years, and later she learnt classical singing and raags from Ustad Fateh Ali Khan from Sindh in the Gwalior Gharana tradition. She says that she has also learned a lot from folk singer Abida Parveen. She performed in Rafi Peer Theatre in 2004 and 2005.
Sanam Marvi debuted, in 2009, at ‘Virsa Heritage’, a music program on Pakistan Television Corporation channel hosted by Yousuf Salahuddin. She affectionately calls him ‘like a baba to her’ (a father figure to her) for giving her a big break in the Pakistani entertainment industry. Later she performed at Coke Studio Pakistan, a Pakistani television series featuring live music performances.
Marvi performs sufi concerts around the world. She is considered among the 3 of the finest performers in the Sufi, ghazal and folk genres. The other 2 being Abida Parveen and Tina Sani. < She made her debut in a solo performance on the Indian soil at 2010’s Jahan-e-Khusrau, the Sufi music festival arranged by the famous film producer Muzaffar Ali of 1981 film Umrao Jaan fame. In February 2011, she performed with Indian playback singer Rekha Bhardwaj at Times of India’s Aman ki Asha event at Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, India.
Marvi made her live concert singing debut in 2012 with concerts held at London, Paris, New York, singing alongside Hadiqa Kiyani and Ali Zafar.
She sang the OST for A-Plus Entertainment’s Piya Bedardi and Urdu1’s Bachay Baraye Farokht.
Sanam Marvi feels that lyrics written by the Sufi poets have a universal and timeless appeal among the public and that people find comfort in those words.
Recently, she carried on the legacy of folk genre and sang ‘Hairaan Hua’ from the platform of Coke Studio.
Husband and Family Life
Sanam Marvi is married to Hamid Ali Khan. They have three children. Her first husband, Aftab Ahmed Pharero, also known as Aftab Ahmed Kalhoro, was murdered in Karachi in 2009. They had married in 2006 but had been estranged for two years prior to his death. Marvi was Aftab’s second wife.
Sanam Marvi’s net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be around $700, 000 – $2 million