Rezwana Choudhury Bannya

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Rezwana Choudhury Bannya
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Bannya performing in Long Island, NY, USA (April 2012).
Background information
Native name রেজওয়ানা চৌধুরী বন্যা
Born January 13 [1]
Rangpur, Bangladesh [1]
Genres Rabindra Sangeet
Occupation(s) singer, associate professor[2]
Instruments vocal, harmonium, esraj

Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is a Bangladeshi singer. She is an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, the songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore. In 2002, Bannya was awarded Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar for being the best female Rabindra Sangeet artist.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rezwana was born in Rangpur, Bangladesh to her parents Mazharuddin Khan and Ismat Ara Khan.[4] Since her childhood, she had been attracted to music which quickly grew into a passion with the encouragement and help of her parents. Her early singing lessons started with her uncle Abdul Ali that continued later under the tutelage of Sanjita Khatun and Atiqul Islam at Chhayanat and Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) in Dhaka. As she continued taking lessons in music and singing, she also joined the Economics Program at the university after completion of her schooling. However, soon her inner- self-came to the realization that music was her destiny. She received a scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to study in Santiniketan, the university that was founded by Tagore himself on his philosophy of complete natural learning. Her true love for Rabindrasangeet started at Santiniketan and only became deeper by the days under the loving care of all of her gurus such as Kanika Bandyopadhyay (affectionately known as Mohordi), Nilima Sen, Shoilajaranjan Mazumdar, Santidev Ghosh, Gora Sarbadhikary, Manju Bandyopadhyay and Asesh Bandyopadhyay.

It was Mohordi who infused the true love for Rabindrasangeet in her by taking her under her loving and nurturing care. Rezwana honestly confesses that everything that she has achieved today is because of her; Mohordi was indeed the guiding beacon in her life, her true guru:-the friend, philosopher, and guide. Her relationship with Mohordi is beyond the traditional guru-shishya relationship. It is something very special that defies description and can only be in the feelings inside Rezwana's heart.


Bannya is performing to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore in Kolkata (May 2011).

Bannya is currently an associate professor in the Department of Music at the University of Dhaka.[2] She also founded Shurer Dhara in 1992, a school for learning music in Dhaka. [3]

Shurer Dhara[edit]

Advised and inspired by Mohordi, Rezwana took the bold step of opening “Shurer Dhara”, a music school, in 1992 with the vision of carrying out the guru-shishya parampara of Santiniketan style of Rabindra Sangeet in Bangladesh. It was indeed a challenging endeavor and combined with her professional career, it kept her busy in every moment of her life.

Sruti Gitobitan[edit]

In 2010, in order to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, she brought out a complete audio version of Gitobitan, called Sruti Gitobitan.


Bannya won Sangeet Samman Puroshkar from the Ministry of Culture, India in 2013.[5] She won the Independence Day Award (the highest award in Bangladesh)for 2016.


  • Swapner Aabhashe(2014)
  • Sokal Saajhe
  • Bhorer Aakashe (2012)
  • Laguk Haowa(2012)
  • Apan Pane Chahi
  • Pran Khola Gaan (2011)
  • Elem Nutan Deshe
  • Sudurer Mita
  • Maatir Daak
  • Khelar Saathi
  • Gethechinu Anjali (along with other artistes)
  • Moner Majhe Je Gaan Baaje- Sanchayan
  • Mor Dorodiya
  • Surer Ashonkhani
  • Surer Kheya
  • Patar Bhela Bhasai
  • Shraban Tumi
  • Chinnopotro (2004) (along with Bratati Bandyopadhyay)
  • Kabi Pranam 2008(along with other artistes)
  • Baaje Rammyabina (along with other artistes)

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