Firoza Begum (singer)

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Feroza Begum
Portrait of a woman wearing sari
Begum in 1955
Native name ফিরোজা বেগম
Born (1930-07-28)28 July 1930
Faridpur, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 9 September 2014(2014-09-09) (aged 84)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Years active 1940–2014
Spouse(s) Kamal Dasgupta (m. 1955; d. 1974)
Children
Parents
  • Mohammad Ismail (father)
  • Begum Kowkabunnesa (mother)
Relatives Mohammad Asafuddowla (brother)[1]
Awards Independence Day Award (1979)

Feroza Begum (Bengali: ফিরোজা বেগম) (28 July 1930 – 9 September 2014) was a Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet singer.[2] She was awarded the Independence Day Award in 1979 by the Government of Bangladesh.

Early life and career[edit]

Feroza Begum was born in Gopalganj District on 28 July 1930 to the zamindar family of Ratail Ghonaparha.[3] Her parents were Mohammad Ismail and Begum Kowkabunnesa.[2] She became drawn to music in her childhood.[2] She started her career in 1940s.[4]

Feroza Begum first sang in All India Radio while studying in sixth grade. She met the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the age of 10. She became a student of him. In 1942, she recorded her first Islamic song by the gramophone record company HMV in 78 rpm disk format. Since then, 12 LP, 4 EP, 6 CD and more than 20 audio cassette records have been released.[5] She lived in Kolkata from 1954 until she moved to Dhaka in 1967.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1956, Feroza Begum was married to Kamal Dasgupta (who converted to Islam before the marriage and took the name Kamal Uddin Ahmed), a singer, composer, and lyricist. Kamal died on 20 July 1974. Two of their three sons, Hamin Ahmed and Shafin Ahmed are musicians. They are currently members of the rock band Miles.[2]

Death[edit]

Feroza Begum died on 9 September 2014 in Apollo Hospital, Dhaka due to heart and kidney problems.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Special programme on the legendary Feroza Begum". The Daily Star. February 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Obituary, thedailystar.net; accessed 4 May 2015.
  3. ^ Profile, bdnews24.com; accessed 4 May 2015.
  4. ^ Kamol, Ershad. "Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Daily Prothom Alo. 10 September 2014, Special Feature, pg. 7
  6. ^ "Runa, Sabina nominated for Sheltech Award". The Financial Express. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Life and works of Feroza Begum". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 13 August 2015.