Happy birthday, Sabina Yasmin

Culture Desk

4 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Happy birthday, Sabina Yasmin

Today is the birthday of Sabina Yasmin, one of the leading singers of the sub-continent.

Her fans, friends, and well-wishers from around the world have sent their congratulatory messages to the singer as she turns another year older. 

Celebrities and her co-artistes also take to the social media and shower love on Sabina Yasmin with birthday wishes.

This year, the singer will celebrate her birthday in Singapore with her friends and family members.   

Born on September 4 in 1953, Sabina Yasmin  is a Bangladeshi singer. She is best known as a playback singer in Bengali cinema. She has won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer a record 12 times.  She has recorded more than 1,500 songs for films and over 10,000 songs in total.

Yasmin was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1984 and Independence Day Award in 1996 by the Government of Bangladesh.

The first song that Yasmin learned with the household harmonium was Khokon Moni Shona.  In 1964, she sang regularly in Khela Ghar, a radio program. PC Gomez was her classical music mentor. Musician Altaf Mahmud came to know her singing voice while visiting her neighbor’s house.  She made her debut in playback singing through the song Modhu Jochnar Dipali for the film Agun Niye Khela (1967), directed by Zahir Raihan. As child artists, she and Shahnaz Rahmatullah won awards from President Ayub Khan.

Yasmin got her first breakthrough through the song titled Shudhu Gaan Geye orichoy.  She then started working under Altaf Mahmud in films including Anowara’, ‘Nayantara’ and ‘Taka Ana Pai’. She gradually performed along with Satya Saha, Subal Das, Khan Ataur Rahman, Ali Hossain, Alauddin Ali, Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul and Gazi Mazharul Anwar. 

Yasmin has three sisters — Farida Yasmin, Fauzia Yasmin and Nilufar Yasmin. Her father, Lutfar Rahman, worked in Provincial Civil Service of British India and her mother Begum Mouluda Khatun was a vocal artist who took lessons from the musician Ustaad Kader Baksh. Sabina is the aunt of Agun (son of Khan Ataur Rahman and Nilufar Yasmin), a musician and Reenat Fauzia, a sitar player.

Yasmin has married three times. She has a daughter, Fairooz Yasmin (Badhon), a singer, from her first marriage with Anisur Rahman, and a son, Srabon, from her second marriage with Amir Hossain. She met Kabir Sumon, and Indian-Bengali musician and political activist, in 1998 and later the couple got married.