ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday approved conferment of Pride of Performance award upon Ustad Naseer-ud-Din Saami on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Award would be presented to Ustad Naseer-ud-Din in the forthcoming Investiture Ceremony on 23rd March, 2013. The summary in this regard said that Ustad Naseer-ud-Din Saami, a Pakistani Classical Vocalist, traces his musical lineage to Mian Saamat, a disciple of the 13th century Sufi mystic, poet and musicologist Amir Khusro. He earned his reputation as one of Pakistan's most important exponents of Hindustani classical music. His gamut comprises a variety of forms and styles, including khayal, the `elaborative' style of singing attributed to Amir Khusro; sadra, a hybrid of Khayal and Hindu devotional chants; the ‘light’ classical forms of thumri and dadra, etc.