|Origin||Santiniketan, West Bengal. India|
|Genres||Rabindra Sangeet, fusion, folk|
|Labels||Bengal Music Company, Hindustan Records Inreco|
|Associated acts||Samantak Sinha, Satyaki Banerjee, Anupam Roy, Shayan Chowdhury Arnob|
Sahana Bajpaie is a Bengali singer-songwriter from Santiniketan and one of the most prominent contemporary Rabindra Sangeet vocalists in West Bengal, India and Bangladesh. By the age of 13, she started singing. In 2007, she released her debut album Notun Kore Pabo Bole, which was a collection of Rabindra Sangeet. In 2014, she released her second solo album Shikawr, with several musicians from West Bengal. Sahana's second Rabindra Sangeet album Ja Bolo Tai Bolo was released in 2015 and the latest solo album, Mon Bandhibi Kemone in 2016.
Early life and education
Bajpaie was brought up in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. She spent her childhood at Patha Bhavana School there, and finished her MA in English Literature from Visva Bharati University. Both of her parents were professors of political science at the University of North Bengal. She took her first lessons in music from her father, Bimal Bajpaie and learned to sing at the age of three. Later she started taking learning from eminent musicians of Santiniketan like Bijoy Sinha, Chitra Roy, Shyamali Banerjee, Chandan Munshi, Madhumita Roy and Mita Haque and received training in Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet. In 2005, Bajpaie joined BRAC University in Dhaka as a lecturer in English. In May 2008, she left for London, to pursue another MA Degree in South Asian Studies at the SOAS, University of London.
In 2007, Bajpaie released her debut album Notun Kore Pabo Bole, which was a collection of Rabindra Sangeet. It was released on March 6, 2007 from Bengal Music Company, Dhaka. The album created quite a stir in the music scenario of Bangladesh and West Bengal, owing to its avant-garde representation and arrangement of Tagore-songs.
Her third solo album Mon Bandhibi Kemone was released in 2016, which was the first of its kind, collection of hand-picked folk-songs of Bengal, which Bajpaie and her associates had painstakingly collected and arranged them in a contemporary format. Music arrangement of this album was done by Samantak Sinha and Satyaki Banerjee. In 2016, she made a playback for the Bengali film Under Construction.
In 2013, Bajpaie made her debut playback in Bengali comedy film Hawa Bodol which was directed by Parambrata Chattopadhyay. In 2016, she sang for Family Album by Mainak Bhaumik, which was set to tune by Anupam Roy. In 2018, she sang for two films Ek Je Chilo Raja, a film by Srijit Mukherjee & Rainbow Jelly, by Soukarya Ghoshal. More recently, in the Shiboprasad & Nandita directed, Kontho, she sang the song, Shawbai Chup.
In 2000, Bajpaie married her childhood friend Shayan Chowdhury Arnob, a Bengali musician, singer-songwriter and composer. They got divorced in 2008. She now resides in London, where she serves as a senior teaching fellow in Bengali in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia at SOAS South Asia Institute. She is however currently, on leave, pursuing her PhD in Ethnomusicology at King's College London.
|2012||Bolo Shokhi Bolo||Tasher Desh|
|2013||Mor Bhabonare||Hawa Bodol||Rabindra Sangeet, with Saptarshi Mukherjee|
|2014||Tomay Gaan Shunabo||Under Construction||Rabindra Sangeet|||
|2014||Poush Toder||Under Construction||Rabindra Sangeet|||
|2015||Paralysed||Family Album||Original Bengali Song with Anupam Roy|
|2017||Meghei Chhilo Thikthikana'||Shororipu||Original Bengali Song|
|2018||Roopkotha'||Rainbow Jelly||Original Bengali Song|
|2018||Maharajo||Ek Je Chhilo Raja||Rabindra Sangeet|
|2019||Shobai Chup||Konthho||Original Bengali Song|
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