One of the leading contemporary Tagore artistes, has carved a niche through her devotion to her medium, with her soft lilting voice. Her deep understanding of Tagore’s lyrics and tunes has won her fans at home and abroad. For Shama Rahman, every day is a celebration of the great bard’s life and work. Explaining what Rabindra Sangeet means to her, she once said eloquently “Through Tagore’s songs and poems, I can express all my inner feelings” and that “Tagore songs enrich me greatly. When I am happy, sad or in trouble, I take shelter in Rabindranath and I like to share that experience with people. The response I get from my audience is my greatest reward”.
“UNESCO Paris, has brought out five audio albums, of songs sung by Shama, from Tagore’s work “GEETABETAN”, in 2011 to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.”
She began training in this genre from an early age. Her initial training was at home under the supervision of late Ustad Fazlul Huq with classical music. Later, she studied music at Chhayanat for two years. Finally she was a student at the Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) under late Atiqul Islam for five years. Rahman has brought out fourteen albums to date, namely Lukale boli (1997), Amare koro tomar bina (2000), Mongol barota (2006) and Hridoy-ete Poth Ketechhi in 2010 with Dwijien Mukhopadhya, under the umbrella of the Bengal Foundation.
Talented yet humble Shama Rahman sings to the audiences worldwide. Apart from concerts in Bangladesh, Shama performs regularly overseas in Canada, US, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland and India. Needless to say, her overseas performances are also highly appreciated by the local audiences. When asked what influenced her to perform abroad she replies with a smile: ‘The opportunity to represent my country was itself the greatest incentive. I get a feel of the international Bengali listeners and I know that there is great demand for our music. I also feel it is my responsibility. I could never say no”.