Today is the 7th death anniversary of legendary Nazrul Sangeet maestro Feroza Begum. Born on July 28 in 1930, she was a prominent musician of the subcontinent. Her tunes and unique singing style have made her the queen of Nazrul Sangeet.
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. In 1942, she recorded her first Islamic song by the gramophone record company HMV in 78 rpm disk format.
For her unstinting dedication to music, Feroza Begum got many awards at home and abroad including, 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) and Sheltech Award (2000).
In 2016, Dhaka University authority introduced an award named ‘Feroza Begum Memorial Gold Medal’ to keep the name of Feroza Begum alive. University of Dhaka has been awarding ‘Feroza Begum Gold Medal’ to a nationally recognised music artiste every year since the inception of the award.
Feroza Begum breathed her last on September 9 in 2014 at a hospital in Dhaka due to heart and kidney problems.