Rahman in 2017
|Birth name||Ferdausi Begum|
|Born||28 June 1941|
Koch Bihar, British India
|Genres||Bhawaiya (folk), Nazrul Geeti, Ghazal|
Ferdausi Rahman (née Begum; born 28 June 1941) also known as Ferdausi Begum is a Bangladeshi playback singer. She is the daughter of folk singer Abbas Uddin. She sang some popular film songs for Pakistani films also in the 1960s especially working with the music composer Robin Ghosh in film Chakori released in 1967. She was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1977 and Independence Day Award in 1995 by the Government of Bangladesh.
Rahman had two elder brothers, Justice Mustafa Kamal (died 2015) and singer Mustafa Zaman Abbasi. Her niece, Nashid Kamal, is a singer. Her other nieces who are also singers are Samira Abbasi and Sharmini Abbasi.
Rahman is married to Rezaur Rahman, an engineer and industrialist, since 1966. They have two sons Rubaiyat Rahman and Razin Rahman.
Rahman participated as a children artiste in radio programs. In 1955 she first sang for the radio as an adult artiste. The first released movie where she sang as a playback singer was Ehtesham's Ei Desh Tomar Amar under the music direction of Khan Ataur Rahman in 1959, followed by Asiya in 1960. One of the music directors of the film Asiya was her father Abbas Uddin. In 1964, her song was broadcast on the newly established Pakistan Television in erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Her children's program "Esho Gaan Shikhi" was a program to teach children about music on Bangladesh Television, and the program has been running for 44 years. NTV (Bangladesh) has been airing a program of her songs presented by contemporary artistes.
Awards and honors
- Lahore Cine Journalist Awards (1963)
- President's Pride of Performance Award (1965) by the President of Pakistan
- National Film Award (1976)
- Bachsas Awards (1976)
- Ekushey Padak (1977)
- Independence Day Award (1995)
- Nasiruddin Gold Medal
- A crest as part of the Gunijon Shongbordhona program (2009)
- Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 at the Meril Prothom Alo Awards.
- "Through the Eyes of Ferdausi Rahman". The Daily Star. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Biography". Ferdausi Rahman. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
- "Ferdausi Rahman - Unique in her own domain". The Daily Star. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- স্বাধীনতা পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্ত ব্যক্তি/প্রতিষ্ঠানের তালিকা [List of the names of personnel and institutions who won the Independence Day Award] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
- একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
- সঙ্গীতসম্রাজ্ঞী ফেরদৌসী রহমান [Music Queen Fedausi Rahman]. Dainik Azadi (in Bengali). 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2015.