The Rebel Poet of Bengal Kazi Nazrul Islam is remembered for his vast body of literary work, including poems and songs written during the British Raj, mostly laced with socio-political overtones. His songs, known as Nazrul Geeti, are the staple for any Bengali household. He is also Bangladesh’s national poet.
Tahsan Rahman Khan is a Bangladeshi model, actor, singer, composer, and songwriter. He also serves as a professor at BRAC University in Dhaka. He is credited with composing Alo Alo, which has become one of the most famous songs in Bangladesh. A multi-talented personality, Tahsan Rahman Khan has also appeared as a judge at popular events like Miss Universe Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi singer-songwriter James, also known to his fans as Guru, is the lead vocalist of the rock band Nagar Baul. He has also performed Hindi tracks for films such as Life in a... Metro and Gangster. A talented photographer, he has also contributed to many of his album covers.
Allauddin Khan was an Indian multi-instrumentalist and composer best remembered as a sarod player. He was also one of the 20th century's most notable music teachers in Indian classical music. Allauddin Khan was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for his immense contribution to Indian music.
Ayub Bachchu was a Bangladeshi singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer. A rockstar, Bachchu is credited with founding one of the most popular and successful Bangladeshi bands of all time, Love Runs Blind. A pioneer of Bangladeshi Pop music, Bachchu is also counted among the greatest Bangladeshi singers of all time. In 2017, he received the Tele Cine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Born to a musician and filmmaker father in Bangladesh, Shayan Chowdhury Arnob studied in Shantiniketan, where he also met his wife, Bengali singer Sahana Bajpaie. He is known for his signature blend of Rabindrasangeet, pop ballads, and folk songs. He has also sung for films such as Monpura.
Habib Wahid is a Bangladeshi singer and composer. He is best known for winning the Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Music Director category for his work in the 2011 film Projapoti: The Mysterious Bird. Habib Wahid has also received five Meril Prothom Alo Awards under the Best Singer category so far.
Sahana Bajpaie is an Indian singer and songwriter best known as an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore. Apart from contributing as a playback singer in the Indian Bengali film industry, Sahana Bajpaie has also released several successful studio albums.
Marzuk Russell is a noted Bangladeshi lyricist, poet, model, and actor, born a year after his country’s liberation from Pakistani rule. He began writing poems while in the eighth grade, debuting as a lyrist in late 1990s and as an actor in 2000; he published his first collection of poems in the same year.
Bangladeshi poet and author Jasimuddin, also known as Polli Kobi, or The Rural Poet, was one of the key figures of the Bengali language movement. Best known for his lyric poems such as Nakshi Kanthar Math, and for his use of Bengali folklore, he created a stir by rejecting the Bangla Academy Award.
Hridoy Khan is a Bangladeshi singer, musical artist, composer, and actor. Born into a musically inclined family, Khan released his first solo album at the age of 18. He then went on to become a composer and is best known for his association with the Bangladeshi film industry, where he has composed music for films like Chorabali, Television, and Sweetheart.
Zafar Iqbal was a Bangladeshi actor and singer best remembered for his collaboration with actress Bobita, who co-starred with him in over 30 films. Iqbal was also a freedom fighter and played an important role in the Bangladesh War of Independence.
Imran Mahmudul is a Bangladeshi playback singer and music composer. Apart from releasing studio albums, EPs, and singles, Mahmudul also works for the Bangladeshi film industry. In 2016, he received the Meril Prothom Alo Award under the Best Singer category for his song Dil Dil Dil from the romantic action drama film Bossgiri. He won the award again in 2018.
Shafin Ahmed is a Bangladeshi singer-songwriter, rock bassist, record producer, and politician. He is best known for his role as the leader of the popular rock band Miles, where he is the lead singer, bassist, and songwriter. Miles, which was formed in 1979, is regarded as a pioneering rock band in Bangladesh.
Bappa Mazumder is a Bangladeshi singer, composer, and lyricist. He is best known for his Bengali romantic compositions. A national film award-winning composer, Bappa Mazumder's work has earned him the nickname, The Melody King of Bangladesh.
Azam Khan was a Bangladeshi singer, record producer, and songwriter. He is best remembered as the lead singer of a pop-rock band named Uccharon. Counted among the greatest artists in Bangladeshi popular music history, Khan was honored with the Ekushe Padak posthumously in 2019. His contribution to music also earned him the nicknames, The Rock Guru and The Pop Samrat.
Partha Barua is a Bangladeshi actor and musician best known for his association with the popular rock band Souls, where he is the lead guitarist. Souls is one of the oldest bands in Bangladesh and has been active since 1972. As an actor, Partha Barua has appeared in films, TV series, and web series.
Shah Abdul Karim was a Bangladeshi Baul musician whose contribution to music earned him the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 2001. Shah Abdul Karim referred to his work as Baul Gaan and is often counted among the greatest Baul musicians of all time.
Iresh Zaker is a Bangladeshi actor, musician, and advertising executive. He is currently serving as the managing director of a marketing and advertising company called Asiatic 360, which is owned by his parents, Sara Zaker and Aly Zaker. As an actor, Zaker is best known for winning the National Film Award for his portrayal of Danny in Chuye Dile Mon.
Starting as an amateur magician in his village, Jewel Aich soon became a worldwide sensation. The Bangladeshi performer is also a talented bansuri player. He has been associated with several charitable causes, such as acid survivor rehabilitation and disaster relief management. He has also been UNICEF's Celebrity Goodwill Ambassador.
Emon Saha is a Bangladeshi singer, musician, and composer. A critically acclaimed musician, Saha is best known for his work in the Bangladeshi film industry. He has composed music for several popular films, for which he has won seven Bangladesh National Film Awards so far.