Anusheh Anadil

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Anusheh Anadil
Native name আনুশেহ আনাদিল
Origin Dhaka, Bangladesh
Genres Folk music, Lalon Geeti
Occupation(s) musician, singer-songwriter, cultural activist, entrepreneur[1]
Instruments vocal
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Bangla (band)

Anusheh Anadil is a Bangladeshi musician.[2] She gained notoriety as the lead vocalist of the alt folk group Bangla.[3] She currently performs as a solo artist and with her newer band called Bahok.

Early life and career[edit]

Anusheh was trained in north Indian classical music under Ustad Sagiruddin Khan. Through her encounters with the Bauls and Fakirs of Bengal she found a connection to the philosophy and music they presented. It inspired her to choose this form of music where she found more freedom to express her own thoughts. She began performing with the band Bangla in 1998. Bangla was highly influential in reintroducing the philosophies and folk culture of Bengal. Anusheh was featured in Susheela Raman’s Music for Crocodiles. She also recorded a song with the band Indian Ocean for Abhik Mukhopadhyay’s movie Bhoomi. She worked with Pandit Tanmoy Bose on a project called Baul and Beyond. [4] She continues classical music study with Kalpana Bhattacharya. ((cn)). In 2012 Anusheh released the album "Rai" which consisted of her own songs and two Tarek Masud songs.

Anusheh sang in maverick filmmaker Q's film Tasher Desh, earning good reviews.[5]

Anusheh's presentation at TEDxDhaka was much appreciated.[6] She also participated in the mega-concert 'Sounds of Freedom' in Delhi in March 2014.[7]

Anusheh is lead vocalist of her band Bahok which also features Palki (guitar/backing vocals, with whom Anusheh also gives duo performances), Nozrul (Bangla dhol), Shafi Mondol (dotara/vocals) and Seth Panduranga Blumberg (guitar/vocals).[8]

Family Life[edit]

Anusheh's father is a Jamal Ahmed Sufi a successful buisness man who inspired Anusheh's entrepreneurship. Anusheh's Mother, Lubna Marium, is a well known Dancer, Writer and Cultural Activist. She and her sister, Naila Khan appear in Tarek Masud's iconic documentary on the 1971 independence war named "Muktir Gaan". Anusheh's maternal grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel Quazi Nuruzzaman (24 March 1925 – 6 May 2011[1])[2] he was a Bangladeshi war hero and secular nationalist, who served as one of the principal commanders of the Mukti Bahini during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Anusheh's grandmother is Professor Emeritus Sultana Zaman, founder of Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation. An organization that pioneered the identification and care of mentally challenged children in Bangladesh.


Anusheh won The Musical Journalist’s Award in 2006, and Annanya’s Sreshtho 10 Nari in 2007.[citation needed] She won Meeto Memorial Award in 2009.[1] She also appeared on Link TV.[9] In 2011 Anusheh won the Daily Pratidin Award for the Best Title Song in a Soap Opera for her song in Zee Bangla's Subarnalata.[10]

Business affairs[edit]

Anusheh runs her own crafts shop called JATRA – A Journey into Craft in Dhaka.[3] The enterprise consists of 100 groups of crafts-people.[1] Jatra has been doing path-breaking work in developing local arts and crafts through a happy partnership between local artisans and designers using traditional methods and materials to make modern products. [11] Jatra's project to research the seven regions of Bangladesh and bring the stories, crafts, flora and fauna of each region to the fore-front is especially admired. [12][13]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Bangladesh with her two children [1]