Suzana Ansar

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Suzana Ansar
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Suzana Ansar with Khansar on stage
Background information
Born (1978-02-14) 14 February 1978 (age 36)
Leyton, Waltham Forest, London, England
Origin Woodford Green, London, England
Genres Kheyal, Nazrul Geeti, Hindi, Bengali folk, fusion
Occupations Singer, actress, television presenter, music teacher
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels G-Series/Agniveena
Associated acts Syed Ansar,
Yamin Chowdhury,
Imran Khan
Website www.suzanaansar.com

Suzana Ansar (born 14 February 1978)[1] is an English singer, actress and television presenter of Bangladeshi descent.

Early life[edit]

Ansar was born Leyton, London, England to Bangladeshi expatriate parents. Her mother, (Jenney) Syeda S Karim, is a community activist, and her father, Mohamed Ansar Uddin, is a chartered accountant and businessman. She is the eldest of two children.[1]

Ansar grew up in Woodford Green, receiving private school education at Ilford Ursuline High School, and then Forest School, Walthamstow. She further went on to study Mathematics and Business Finance at University of London and is a part qualified Chartered Certified Accountant.

Ansar's grandparents are originally from Mymensingh, Brahmanbaria, and Chandpur, however, they are settled in Dhaka. Her aunt is current Bangladeshi foreign minister Dr. Dipu Moni MP.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Ansar on stage at Boishakhi Mela in London

Ansar trained in Indian classical music from a young age singing in genres ranging from Kheyal, Nazrul Geeti, Hindi to Bengali Folk and Fusion.[2] Ansar first performing on stage at the age of five at a Bengali International event. She went on to be music teacher. She also has her own music school Suzana Ansar Music School, which produces television programmes such as Suzana n Kids.

In 2006, a case study was written about Ansar in the book A Tale of Three Generations.[3] Ansar has collaborated with State of Bengal on albums Audio Visual (1998) and Skip-IJ (2007) and with Clottaire K. In November 2009, Ansar released her solo debut album Suzana Ansar with Khansar, from Bangladeshi record label G-Series/Agniveena featuring her band, which is made up of herself, her brother Syed Shahdin Ansar (Saadi), Tabla player Yamin Chowdhury (Shagor), and Imran Khan.[4]

She has performed concerts in USA, Spain, France, Italy, Bangladesh, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, India, Canada alongside Bangladeshi singers Ayub Bachchu, Baby Naznin, Runa Laila, Asif Akbar, Momtaz Begum, James (Nagar Baul) and Habib, as well as Indian singer Sonu Nigam.

In February 2013, Ansar's second album Mehvashaa was released. The album features tracks she sang in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Persian.[1]

Her music has represented the works of Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam[5] and her live shows create music to increase awareness of him.[6]

Television[edit]

Ansar has been on television several times, sometimes working as a presenter. The programs are Poboner Boytha, Valentines Special and Series Rupban on Bangla TV UK; Suzana n Kids and Sur Jolsha on Channel S, Phoney Phone Gaan on NTV UK; Amaro Gaitey Ichhey Holo and Music Jam on NTV (Bangladesh); Boishakhi Special on ATN Bangla; Ta NA NA NA and Tommy Miah's Recipe on Ekushey Television.[7]

She is also a bbc actress, playing the character 'suzanne' in BBC janala mojay mojay shekha - raisa in bangladesh 2012

Acting[edit]

Ansar has appeared in UK television films in the Sylheti and Bengali dialect including Mayar Taney, Friends 1 and 2, and Projonmo.

She has also appeared in Bangladesh television serials including Fifty Fifty on Banglavision; The Graduate on NTV; Life Partner, Borishaila Mama Bhaigna, Aite Shaal Jaite Shaal, and Colours Of Cambridge on ATN Bangla; and Dead End- 30 days.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label Featuring
2007 Suzana Ansar with Khansar G Series/Agniveena Syed Ansar, Yamin Chowdhury, Imran Khan
2013 Mehvashaa movie box uk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rahman, Maruf (31 January 2013). "Winners honoured at British Muslim Awards". Bangladeshi Entertainers. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Music". Suzana Ansar. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tales of Three Generations of Bengalis in Britain". Oral History and Socio-Cultural Heritage Project. 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Suzana Ansar with Khansar". The Daily Ittefaq. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "About". Suzana Ansar. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Skip-Ij by State of Bengal". iTunes. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Suzana Ansar with KHANSAR". A Baishakhi Mela in Banglatown, Brick Lane. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 

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