Eminent singer Ferdausi Rahman has been honoured by the government for her lifetime contributions to playback music in the prestigious National Film Awards 2015.
She has got the award jointly with veteran actress Shabana, according to government gazette notified on May 16.
In her career spanning over six decades, the veteran singer has earlier won many prestigious awards including President’s Pride of Performance Award (1965), National Film Award (1976), Bachsas Awards (1976), Ekushey Padak (1977), Independence Day Award (1995) and others.
She is a brilliant classical musician, popular folk singer and a wonderful playback singer. She lent voice in popular playbacks such as Ami Rupnogorer Rajkonnya, Bujhina Mon Je Dole Banshiro Shure, Jar Chhaya Porechhe and Chhaya Hoye Tobu Pashe Roibo.
In an interview with New Age, the ailing singer Ferdausi Rahman shared her feelings of winning the lifetime achievement award and also talked about her journey into music and others.
‘I am thankful to the government for honouring me with the Lifetime Achievement Award,’ said Ferdausi Rahman.
‘An award is one the best ways to recognise an artiste. To a true artiste worldly things like money or property matters very little, while an award means a lot as it recognises the artiste’s contributions,’ said Ferdausi Rahman.
Ferdausi Rahman said she was introduced to music at an early age by her father legendary musician Abbasuddin Ahmed. Later on, she learnt music from different classical music maestros including Ustab Mohammad Hossain Khosru, Gul Mohammad Khan, Nazakat Ali Khan, Salamat Ali Khan and others.
She recorded her first playback song in 1959 for the film Aasia titled ‘O Mor Kalare Kala’.
She is credited with rendering the very first song aired on the then Pakistan Television in 1964 Oi Je Akash Nil Holo Aaj. She is well known for her musical show for children Esho Gaan Shikhi, which has been running on Television since 1964.
‘I agreed to teach music to the children through a TV show being requested by late legendary singer Kalim Sharafi. Our plan was to make children interested in music. Many of my former students are now grownups and they are sending their children and even grandchildren to my show. The feeling is so wonderful which cannot be described in words,’ said Ferdausi Rahman.
When asked about the contemporary music scene the singer said, ‘I feel bad seeing sorry state of today’s industry. Due to over commercialisation, artistes do not give the time they need for producing quality songs.’
She is at same time hopeful of the future of the music industry as many talented singers are emerging. ‘We have a lot of talented musicians and singers in the country. If they do not rush when creating songs we will once again see songs that will stand the test of time and always remain popular,’ she ended.
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