Pride of Performance Award by President of Pakistan in 2000
28 March 1945|
Lahore, British India
|Known for||Writing many books on musicians and history of music in Pakistan|
|Awards||Pride of Performance Award in 2000 by the President of Pakistan|
Parvez was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1945 to Sheikh Abdul Karim who was head of the Chemistry department, Islamia College, Lahore. Parvez's grandfather Khwaja Dil Muhammad was the principal at Islamia College, Lahore. He was also a poet of the Pakistan Movement as his nationalistic poems were read in the annual conventions of Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam mostly presided by Allama Iqbal.
Parvez completed his basic education at Central Model School, Lahore in 1960. He then joined Government College, Lahore (GCU) and University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (UET) from where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1967. After joining UET in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, he proceeded to the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1968, where he qualified for a master's degree in Quality and Reliability Engineering in 1969 and a Doctorate in Engineering Production in 1972.
Parvez served Nespak (National Engineering Services Pakistan) for nearly 30 years, rose to the positions of general manager and Vice President, and retired as managing director and President in 2005. During his tenure as managing director, he brought in a significant annual amount of business for Nespak.
After retirement from Nespak, Parvez joined as professor at UET responsible for teaching and research at graduate and post-graduate levels in its Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department. He also set up a consulting company for UET namely 'Engineering Services UET Pakistan Limited (ESUPAK)'. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the Head of Department for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lahore. He is a visiting faculty member at Lahore Leads University.
Awards and recognition
- Gold Medal Award by the President of Pakistan for writing the best technical paper for the Institution of Engineers, Pakistan, in 1977
- Dr. A. Q. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institution of Engineers, Pakistan in 2009
- Pride of Performance Award in 2000 by the President of Pakistan.
Parvez says he has had a passion for music since his childhood. He began his career as a child artist in 1954 at Radio Pakistan, Lahore in the children's' programme 'Honhaar' before appearing on 'Khatir-e-Ehbaab' in the sixties. He trained in classical singing from the Ustads of Sham Chaurasia gharana such as Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan-Ustad Salamat Ali Khan duo (became their pupil in 1976), Ustad Ghulam Shabbir Khan-Ustad Ghulam Jaffar Khan duo (1992), and music composers Akhtar Hussain Akhian and veteran music composer Mian Sheheryaar. He is a practising singer at the Central Production Unit, Radio Pakistan, where he has recorded hundreds of ghazals, geets, and other songs since the 1970s in his monthly performances. For the past two decades, he has performed a raag for the programme 'Ahang-e-Khusrovi' every month and has rendered more than fifty raags in Khayal form. Parvez performs both light, semi-classical music and classical music songs.
Parvez has also been associated with Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) since its inception in 1964. In his career, he has also performed in the USA, UK, France, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Myanmar and India.
- Parvez's writings has been widely recognised. He has written a regular column reviewing books for The Nation (Pakistan), daily newspaper in Lahore, Pakistan for the past three decades.
- His writings have been collected in two volumes: ‘Symphony of Reflections’ (2006), and 'Rainbow Of Reflections' (2011). Both books were published by Jahangir Books, Lahore.
- Parvez also speaks and writes on music. His book titled 'Melody Makers of the subcontinent' covers 47 music composers of India and Pakistan from the 1950s to 1980s. It was published by Sange-Meel Publications, Lahore in 2012.
- Symphony of Reflections 2006.
- Rainbow of Reflections, Jahangir Books 2011.
- Melody Makers of the subcontinent, Sange-Meel Publications 2012.
- "REVIEWS: A potpourri of creativity". Dawn (newspaper). 17 September 2006. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "The present government needs to convince their parliamentarians to support construction of Kalabagh and other dams". Jworld Times (magazine). 1 March 2011. Archived from the original on 12 June 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- Parvez Rahim (7 August 2005). "Arts: Learning classical music". Daily Dawn. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "Awards conferred upon former MD of NESPAK". National Engineering Services Pakistan. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "Book launch: 'Literature reviews missing in Urdu press". Dawn (newspaper). 26 June 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "Dr Amjad Parvez – Pakistani singer". Gulf News.com website. 21 May 2001. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "Takhleeq and Takhleeqkaar in a literary-musical evening with Amjad Parvez". Daily Times (newspaper). 12 December 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2018.