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Google Doodle celebrates Feroza Begum’s birth anniversary

National Desk
Published on : 28 July 2018, 12:02 PM
Google Doodle celebrates Feroza Begum’s birth anniversary

 

Today marks the 88th birth anniversary of country’s one of the most popular Nazrul Sangeet singers Feroza Begum. For her great work in the field of art, the government of Bangladesh awarded the Independence Day Award in 1979.

Her fame crossed the national border and earned worldwide recognition. Today, the world’s largest search engine Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage in memory and respect of the famous Bangladeshi singer.

Feroza Begum was born in Gopalganj district on July 28, 1930, and started her career in the 1940s.

Feroza Begum first sang in All India Radio while studying in the sixth grade. She met National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the age of 10 and became his student.

In 1942, she recorded her first Islamic song by 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 married Kamal Dasgupta (who converted to Islam before the marriage and took the name Kamal Uddin Ahmed), a singer, composer, and lyricist.

Two of their three sons, Hamin Ahmed and Shafin Ahmed are musicians.

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

Today’s Doodle, painted on watercolor paper with colored inks by Doodler Olivia Huynh, depicts Feroza Begum sharing her voice with her audience, surrounded by gold patterning commonly found on her album covers.

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