Firoza Begum (singer)
Begum in 1955
|Native name||ফিরোজা বেগম|
28 July 1930|
Faridpur, Bengal Presidency, British India
|Died||9 September 2014
|Spouse(s)||Kamal Dasgupta (m. 1955; d. 1974)|
|Relatives||Mohammad Asafuddowla (brother)|
|Awards||Independence Day Award (1979)|
Early life and career
Feroza Begum was born in Gopalganj District on 28 July 1930 to the zamindar family of Ratail Ghonaparha. Her parents were Mohammad Ismail and Begum Kowkabunnesa. She became drawn to music in her childhood. She started her career in 1940s.
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. She lived in Kolkata from 1954 until she moved to Dhaka in 1967.
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.
Feroza Begum died on 9 September 2014 in Apollo Hospital, Dhaka due to heart and kidney problems.
Awards and honours
- Independence Day Award (1979)
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Award
- Satyajit Ray Award
- Nasiruddin Gold Medal
- Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Gold Medal
- Best Nazrul Sangeet Singer Award
- Nazrul Academy Award
- Churulia Gold MEdal
- Gold Disk from CBS, Japan
- Meril-Prothom Alo Lifetime honorary award (2011)
- Sheltech Award (2000)
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- "Runa, Sabina nominated for Sheltech Award". The Financial Express. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "Life and works of Feroza Begum". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
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