Momtaz Begum

Momtaz Begum (born 5 May 1974) is a Bangladeshi singer and the incumbent Jatiya Sangsad member from Manikganj-2 constituency since 2014.[1][2] Referred to as "The Music Queen,"[3][4][5] she has recorded around 700 albums in her career spanning four decades. Momtaz has performed concerts across Bangladesh, in Britain and in the United States. She has performed numerous events for the Bangladeshi diaspora communities, in particular in London, where she is very popular during the Baishakhi Mela [6][7]

Momtaz Begum
মমতাজ বেগম
Momtaz Begum (cropped).jpg
Begum in 2017
Member of Parliament
for Manikganj-2
Assumed office
5 January 2014
Preceded byS. M. Abdul Mannan
Personal details
Born (1974-05-05) 5 May 1974 (age 46)
Singair, Manikganj District, Bangladesh
Political partyBangladesh Awami League
Spouse(s)Abdur Rashid Sarkar, Ramzan Ali, Moin Hasan Chancal
OccupationSinger, politician
Musical career
GenresFolk music

Begum won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the film Priya Tumi Sukhi Hou (2004).

Early lifeEdit

Begum was born on 5 May 1974[8] in the village Joymontop in Singair, in Manikganj. She spent most of her childhood learning music from her father, Modhu Boyati who was also a singer.,[9] Her other teachers and mentors include Matal Razzaque Dewan, and Abddur Rashid Sorkar.

Begum's initiation into music occurred early. She was a child when she accompanied her father, first as an audience member, and soon after a co-performer. The kind of music she performed like, Marfati, Boithoki, and Murshidi can roughly be categorized in the mystic songs genre.[10][11]


Initially Begum's released albums entirely financed by herself. After these became popular she was hired by producers to make further recordings, though her payment was usually a very low flat fee and the contract stipulated that this would have to be paid back if these did not sell well. However, her musical works are tended to sell out almost immediately and within a very short period, she found herself quite busy; often recording two songs per day. In an interview with the Bangladeshi daily Daily Star she stated: "I used to be handed down the lyrics and the music tracks minutes before and there used to be hardly any time for rehearsal and I had to record it at all in one go". Some of her music albums are Return Ticket, Ashol Boithoki, Murshider Talim, and Ronger Bazar.

Begum was elected to parliament from Manikganj-2 in 2014.[12]

Charity workEdit

Begum established a 50-bed Momtaz Eye Hospital with support from Orbis International, in her native village Joymontop. The hospital was established in memory of her father, Modhu Boyati, who lost his eyesight as he could not afford a cataract operation due to poverty.[2]


  1. ^ Concert: Concert for Bangladesh held The New Nation, July 19, 2008.
  2. ^ a b A Singer’s Love Of Her Country Is Music To The Eyes Archived 2010-11-28 at the Wayback Machine Orbis International.
  3. ^ "Dhaka International Folk Fest 2018". Dhaka International Folk Fest 2018 | Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  4. ^ "Dhaka International Folk Fest 2016". Dhaka Tribune. 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  5. ^ "Momtaz Begum, aka The Music Queen, from Bangladesh". BBC. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  6. ^ Mela Magic Tower Hamlets Council.
  7. ^ International artists announced for Mela Tower Hamlets Council.
  8. ^ "Constituency 169_10th_En". Bangladesh Parliament.
  9. ^ Interview: Faizul Khan Tanim (June 13, 2008) Momtaz, The travelling songbird. (Article first published in New Age's XTRA Magazine's Inaugural Issue - June 13, 2008). Retrieved on 2006-06-07.
  10. ^ Momtaz:The Music Queen The Daily Star (Bangladesh), December 31, 2004.
  11. ^ Shamim Ahsan (2004-12-05). "The Music Queen". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  12. ^ "Fifth grader girl's body recovered from house of MP Momotaz's brother". Dhaka Tribune. 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2018-08-04.

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