Sahana Bajpaie

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Sahana Bajpaie
শাহানা বাজপেয়ী
Origin Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
Genres Rabindra Sangeet, fusion, folk
Instruments Piano, keyboards, vocals

Sahana Bajpaie (Bengali: শাহানা বাজপেয়ী) is an Indian-Bengali musician and contemporary exponent of Tagore songs and Bengali Folk music.

Early life[edit]

Sahana was brought up in Santiniketan, West Bengal and started taking music lessons from her father a Tagore scholar, at a very young age. She learnt her first song at the age of three. Both of her parents were professors of Political Science in North Bengal University.

Sahana trained in Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet in Santiniketan under Bijoy Sinha, Chitra Roy, Shyamoli Bandopadhyay, Chandan Munshi, Madhumita Roy, Swastika Mukhopadhyay and Mita Huq.

Sahana is the founder member of the band Bangla along with Shayan Chowdhury Arnob and a few other friends in Santiniketan. Anusheh Anadil and other members of the band joined in later.

In 2007 her album on Tagore Songs Notun Kore Pabo Boley was released by Bengal Music Company. The soundscape was designed and composed by Arnob. She wrote songs for Arnob and performed vocals for his solo albums - Chaina Bhabish (2006), Hok Kolorob (2007) and Doob (2008). Sahana has sung for numerous mixed albums in India and Bangladesh.

In 2014 she released her album Shikawr in collaboration with Gorki Mukherjee, with songs written and composed by Saptarshi Routh and music arranged by Samantak Sinha.


Sahana did her M.A in English at Viswa-Bharati University, Santiniketan. Sahana was in the faculty of English department in BRAC University, Dhaka from May 2005 until May 2008. She pursued further studies and had done a 2nd M.A in South Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is currently working in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


Sahana is a regular performer on Tara Music in West Bengal and other Bengali TV Channels in London.

In 2013 Sahana had lent her voice for Parambrata Chattopadhyay's film Hawa Bodol. In 2013 she had also sung for Q's film Taasher Desh.

In 2014 Sahana's album 'Shikawr' came out. Shikawr (শিকড়) is a music project featuring Sahana Bajpaie, Samantak Sinha, Gorki Mukherjee and Saptarshi Routh, about a journey of homecoming, about all that we can't leave behind but we strangely do, a city lost and found, faces lost and never found, and things in between. This music project started from nowhere, after a rush of words came back to the lyricist-composer Saptarshi (Apu) after a hibernation of over a decade. Started off as a blog of lyrics, the first few lyrics turned on to songs which grew into a number of them. He approached long time friend Sahana who emotionally connected with the project and started the journey together soon to be joined by Samantak and Gorki. The album has been recorded live with acoustic instruments, without any programming whatsoever.

Sahana had been performing in India and Bangladesh since 1998. Here is a partial list of her performances:

And many more around Europe and India.

Personal life[edit]

Sahana was married to the Bangladeshi musician Shayan Chowdhury Arnob for seven years. They were divorced in 2008. Although the couple divorced, they are quite civil to each other and always acknowledge one another with courtesy in public.[1] Sahana now works at the University of London and performs live.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Sahana lends voice to Arnob’s music". Dhaka Tribune. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-12-20.