Sahana Bajpaie

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Sahana Bajpaie
Native name সাহানা বাজপেয়ী
Born Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
Origin Santiniketan
Genres Rabindra Sangeet, fusion, folk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocal, mouth organ, Tanpura, piano, keyboards
Years active 2007–present
Labels Bengal Music Company, Hindustan Records Inreco
Associated acts Shayan Chowdhury Arnob, Anupam Roy

Sahana Bajpaie is an Indian-Bangladeshi singer-songwriter from Santiniketan and one of the prominent contemporary Rabindra Sangeet publisher in Bangladesh.[1] 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.[2] In 2014, she released her second solo album Shikawr, with other musician from West Bengal. Shahana's second Rabindra Sangeet album Ja Bolo Tai Bolo was released in 2015[3] and last solo Mon Bandhibi Kemone was released in 2016.[4]

In 2012, she made her first playback in Indian Bengali fantasy film Tasher Desh. Alongside Shayan Chowdhury Arnob she have produced some popular Bengali songs.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Bajpaie was born at Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. She spent her childhood at Santiniketan and lives there till 2002. Her parents were both political science professor at the University of North Bengal. She took her music lesson from father Bimol Bajpaie and learned to sing song at the age of thirty. Later she succeed Bijoy Sinha, Chitra Roy, Shayamaly Banerjee, Chandan Manda and Mita Haque through received training under the Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet.[1] In 2005, Bajpaie joined in BRAC University in Dhaka as a Lecturer in English. In May 2008, she left that for further studies at the SOAS, University of London.

Music career[edit]

Album cover of Mon Bandhibi Kemone (2016)

In 2007, Bajpaie released her debut album Notun Kore Pabo Bole, which was a collection of Rabindra Sangeet.[2] It was released in March 6, 2007 from Bengal Music Company, Dhaka. The album created a stir in the music scenario of Bangladesh and West Bengal.

She released her second Rabindra Sangeet album Ja Bolo Tai Bolo which was released in September, 2015 from India and Bangladesh.[3]

Her third solo album Mon Bandhibi Kemone was released in 2016.[4] This is a collection of Bengali folk songs and music composed by Samantak Sinha and Satyaki Banerjee.[6]

After that she made a playback for Bengali film Under Construction.[7]


In 2013, Bajpaie made her debut playback in Bengali comedy film Hawa Bodol which was directed by Parambrata Chattopadhyay. In 2017, she made another playback for Bengali film Under Construction.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Bajpaie married her childhood friend Shayan Chowdhury Arnob, a Bangladeshi musician, singer and composer. They got divorced in 2008.[5] Later Bajpaie married Richard Herrett and has a daughter. She now resides in the London.[5] Currently 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.[8]


Studio albums[edit]


Year Title Film Note Ref.
2012 Bolo Shokhi Bolo Tasher Desh
2013 Mor Bhabonare Hawa Bodol Rabindra Sangeet, with Saptarshi Mukherjee
2014 Tomay Gaan Shunabo Under Construction Rabindra Sangeet [2]
2014 Poush Toder Under Construction Rabindra Sangeet [2]
2015 Paralysed Family Album


  1. ^ a b "An Interview with Sahana Bajpaie". Café Dissensus. October 17, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Shahana Bajpaie to make comeback after 7 years". The Independent. Dhaka. June 22, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Sahana Bajpaie launches her second Rabindrasangeet album in Kolkata". India Blooms. 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Sahana Bajpaie returns with folk album". The Daily Star. August 30, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Sahana lends voice to Arnob's music". Dhaka Tribune. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ Waheed, Karim (November 6, 2016). "Rediscovering Sahana Bajpaie". The Daily Star. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Sahana Bajpaie and Arnob sing for film ‘Under Construction’". Dhaka On Air. January 11, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ "South Asia Department". SOAS, University of London. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 

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