Palbasha Siddique

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Palbasha Siddique
Born Bangladesh
Occupation Singer
Religion Non-devout Muslim

Palbasha Siddique (Bengali: পালবাসা সিদ্দিক) is an American-Bangladeshi singer. She is best known for her performance of Praan, a song adapted from the collection of poems Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, with music composed by Garry Schyman for Matt Harding's "Dancing 2008" video.

Early life and career[edit]

Siddique was born in Bangladesh. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family at age 10.[1] She received a scholarship to MacPhail Center for Music and sang in her schools' choirs and theater programs. At age 11, she sang God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch at a Minnesota Twins game. She attended De La Salle High School for two years and sang in both the concert and a cappella choirs.

While a 17-year-old student at Southwest High School, Siddique participated in KFAI radio's 1st International Women's Day program in March 2007.[2] A video clip of her singing for the Minneapolis radio station was posted to YouTube. Harding's co-producer Melissa Nixon found the videos[3] as Schyman was looking for a vocalist to perform "Praan," whose lyrics are written in Bengali and based on poetry by Rabindranath Tagore.[4] Schyman flew Siddique and her mother to Los Angeles for a day of recording in mid-June 2008. "Palbasha was the consummate professional, perfectly in-pitch and absolutely belying her age," Schyman told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.[5]

The "Dancing 2008" video was posted soon afterward, and Praan climbed into the top-10 list of soundtrack downloads at[5]

On November 2008, Matt and the vocalist Palbasha were interviewed by KFAI radio in Minnesota.[6] The interview focused on how the "Dance 2008" project came to include Palbasha.


  1. ^ Walsh, Jim (June 27, 2008). "Dancing with the universe". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Birongona Program at KFAI". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sharp, Rob (2008-07-09). "YouTube's greatest hit: One man and the web's most watched video". Independent (UK). Retrieved 2010-03-10. [dead link]
  4. ^ McGrath, Charles (July 8, 2008). "A Private Dancer? Four Million Web Fans Say No". New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b RIEMENSCHNEIDER, CHRIS (July 5, 2008). "Minneapolis teen is up there with Madonna and Mariah". Minneapolis StarTribune. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rajib interviews Matt Harding & Palbasha Siddique - KFAI - Pt. 1". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 

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