Today is the 79th birth anniversary of popular playback singer Anjuman Ara Begum. Although best known as an icon of modern songs, Anjuman Ara was also an exponent of patriotic songs, folk songs, Nazrul songs, semi-classical songs and ghazal.
She started her career in playback music in 1958 at the age of 16 and also rendered one of the first songs telecast on BTV when it started its operation in 1964.In her 40 years career, she lent her voice to numerous memorable songs. ‘Aakasher Haatey Achhe Ekraash Neel’, ‘Tumi Ashbe Bole’, ‘Obhimaan Korona’, ‘Chaadni Bhigi Bhigi Hawa’, ‘Kay Swaran er Prantare’, ‘Barkat Salaamer Shonite’, ‘Kedona Kedona Mago’, and ‘Brishti Jokhon Jhore’ are only a few of hundreds of her most popular songs that touched the hearts of people over the years.
For her contribution to music, Anjuman Ara was honoured with the Ekushey Padak in 2003. She also received the Tarokalok Award, Gunijan Award (from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy) and Koloddhani Padak.
The versatile artiste breathed her last on May 29 in 2004.