Ferdausi Rahman (née Begum; born 28 June 1941)[1] also known as Ferdausi Begum is a Bangladeshi playback singer.[1][2][3] She is the daughter of folk singer Abbas Uddin. She sang some popular film songs for Pakistani films also in the 1960s especially working with the music composer Robin Ghosh in film Chakori released in 1967. She was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1977 and Independence Day Award in 1995 by the Government of Bangladesh.[4][5] In addition, she was awarded the lifetime achievement award of the National Film Award in the year 2015.[6]

Ferdausi Rahman
ফেরদৌসী রহমান
فردوسی رحمان
Rahman in 2017
Rahman in 2017
Background information
Birth nameFerdausi Begum
Born (1941-06-28) 28 June 1941 (age 82)
Cooch Behar, British India
GenresBhawaiya (folk), Nazrul Geeti, Ghazal
Occupation(s)Singer, Music director
Instrument(s)Vocals, Harmonium
Years active1955–present
Websiteferdausi.com

Personal life edit

 
Rahman with her husband at her wedding in Shahbagh Hotel, Dhaka (1966)

Rahman had two elder brothers, Justice Mustafa Kamal (died 2015) and singer Mustafa Zaman Abbasi. Her niece, Nashid Kamal, is a singer. Her other nieces who are also singers are Samira Abbasi and Sharmini Abbasi.

Rahman is married to Rezaur Rahman, an engineer and industrialist, since 1966. They have two sons, Rubaiyat Rahman and Razin Rahman.[2]

Career edit

Rahman participated as a children artiste in radio programs. In 1955, she first sang for the radio as an adult artiste.[2] The first released movie where she sang as a playback singer was Ehtesham's Ei Desh Tomar Amar under the music direction of Khan Ataur Rahman in 1959, followed by Asiya in 1960. One of the music directors of the film Asiya was her father Abbas Uddin. In 1964, her song was broadcast on the newly established Pakistan Television in erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Her children's program Esho Gaan Shikhi is a program to teach children about music on Bangladesh Television and the program has been running for 44 years. She is known as Gaaner Khalamoni (Aunt of Song) for this program.[7] NTV has been airing a program of her songs presented by contemporary artistes.[3]

Awards and honors edit

Film songs edit

Year[9] Film Song Composer(s) Songwriter(s) Co-artist(s)
1961 Harano Din "Ami Rupnogorer Rajkonna" Robin Ghosh N/A solo
1962 Jowar Elo "Nishi Jaga Chand Hase" Dhir Mansur Ali Mohammad Mohsin solo
1964 Sangam (Urdu) "Kitne Suhaane Rangeen" Khan Ataur Rahman Azizul Haque Aziz solo
1965 Kaajal "Yeh Aarzoo, Jawaan Jawaan" Subal Das Suroor Barabankvi solo
1966 Begaana "Main Tujhse Mohabbat Karta Hoon" Robin Ghosh Shair Siddiqui Nazir Baig
"Yeh Pyaar Ki Saugat Hain" solo
Daak Babu "Ogo Tumi Dure Theke" Ali Hossain Mohammad Moniruzzaman Syed Abdul Hadi
"Chupi Chupu Kachhe Ese" solo
"Dole Dol Dolna Dole"
Gunai Bibi "O Kokil Daiko Na" Satya Saha Abdul Hai Mashreki solo
1967 Chaowa Paowa "Kichhu Aage Hole Khoti Ki Chhilo" Satya Saha Mohammad Moniruzzaman Mahmudun Nabi
1968 Aparichita "Tomader Ei Rong Mohole" Satya Saha Masud Karim solo
1969 Neel Akasher Niche "Gaan Hoye Ele" Satya Saha Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
1970 Binimoy "Kichhu Bola Jayna" Satya Saha Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
Chhoddobeshi[10] "Ei Neel Neel Sei Nirjoner" Satya Saha Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
Jog Biyog "Bolaka Mon Harate Chay" Subal Das Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
Ka Kha Ga Gha Umo "Shaluk Shaluk Jhiler Jole" Altaf Mahmud Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
"Amar Jhumko Latar Bajubondhe"
Modhu Milon "Keno Ami Osohay Aaj" Bashir Ahmed Syed Shamsul Haque, Masud Karim solo
"Chhaya Hoye Tobu Pashe Roibo" Shahidul Islam
Rong Bodlay "Amar Naam Soniya" Satya Saha Gazi Mazharul Anwar Satya Saha
"Jokhon Chhilem Ekla" solo
1972 Manusher Mon "Gaaner Kotha" Satya Saha Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
Nijere Haraye Khuji "Sarabela Mon Jeno Kare" Karim Shahabuddin solo
1974 Bichar "Bolbo Na Go, Sei Kothati" Anwar Parvez Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
1976 Cholo Ghor Bandhi "Ogo Bosonto Koto Juge Juge" Khandaker Nurul Alam Gazi Mazharul Anwar solo
1977 Amar Prem[11] "Ami Karo Jonno Potho Cheye Robo" Satya Saha Gazi Mazharul Anwar Khandaker Faruk Ahmed
Pinjor "Ki Kore Tomake Bhulbo" Khandaker Nurul Alam Shahjahan Chowdhury solo
1978 Modhumita[12] "Ogo Mor Modhumita" (female) Satya Saha Gazi Mazharul Anwar, M. N. Akhtar solo
1979 Iman "Tor Banda Aaj Haat Tulechhe" Ali Hossain Gazi Mazharul Anwar, Mohammad Moniruzzaman, M A Hedayet solo

Non-film songs edit

Year Film Song Composer(s) Songwriter(s) Co-artist(s)
N/A Single "Ami Sagorero Neel" Abdul Ahad Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal solo

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Through the Eyes of Ferdausi Rahman". The Daily Star. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography". Ferdausi Rahman. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Ferdausi Rahman - Unique in her own domain". The Daily Star. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  4. ^ স্বাধীনতা পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্ত ব্যক্তি/প্রতিষ্ঠানের তালিকা [List of the names of personnel and institutions who won the Independence Day Award] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  5. ^ একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Actress Shabana, singer Ferdausi Rahman given lifetime achievement awards". NTv Online. 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  7. ^ "'Khalamoni' Ferdausi Rahman returns with 'Esho Gaan Shikhi'". The Daily Star. 6 March 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  8. ^ সঙ্গীতসম্রাজ্ঞী ফেরদৌসী রহমান [Music Queen Fedausi Rahman]. Dainik Azadi (in Bengali). 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Ferdousi Rahman songs in Bengali". Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  10. ^ Chhoddobeshi (1977) movie songs
  11. ^ Amar Prem (1977) movie songs
  12. ^ Modhumita (1978) film songs