Sixties of the Twentieth century was the golden decade for Bengali music and literature. With the introduction of Television in this part of the world in mid sixties music got a real boost and some new singers and music directors made their way in our cultural arena.
One such luminary to occupy the center stage at that stage was Zeenat Rehana, a crooner with a golden voice.
A progeny of a cultural family, Zeenat Rehana had her life cut out because of her mother Zebunnessa Jamal, an outstanding lyricist whose golden pen created a number of songs that still haunt the music lovers of the country. Daughter of such a literary personality, Zeenat had her personal talent sharpened by her mother’s gift of Muse.
Zeenat when first wielded her voice on the microphone; listeners became aware of the advent of a gifted artiste, not frequently seen.
Zeenat Rehana during her long career as a crooner sang quiet a number of songs which are on the lips of the music lovers.
Zeenat Rehana had never to look back. Her induction to a family by marriage , where cultural activities were which cultural activities thrived, augured well for her as well as ours. Like some with promise, she was not lost in the wilderness of family jinx.
She is not only a singer who sings only. She takes her audience in ecstatic journey, when she sings.
[Written by - Fakhruzzaman Chowdhury, a critic and a former government official now solely devoted to writing both in Bangla and English. Also the recipient of most coveted Bangla Academy literary award of the country.]Back to Top
Zeenat Rehana pursued a long successful career in NGO after finising here BA (Hon's) in Political Science and MS in Political Science and Public Administration both from Dhaka University. more...Back to Top
The golden days
The Daily Star (Jun 21, 2012)
To re-popularise the timeless film songs originally recorded by the late singer Anjuman Ara Begum, noted singer Zeenat Rahana has taken an initiative to record 11 songs, in a CD. Under the title 'Shoroner Prantorey', Laser Vision has produced the album...
Zeenat Rehana's Comeback
The Daily Star (Feb 10, 2011)
Zeenat is the daughter of Zebunnessa Jamal, an outstanding lyricist of Bangladesh who obtained the Nagendranath Gold Medal from the Calcutta University in Bengali literature. Jamal was a lyricist with a profound aesthetic sense, reflected in the romantic songs written by her. She proved that romantic songs can be written without going into obvious expressions. Her songs had magic and the ability to touch peoples' hearts...
Zeenat Rehana launches three albums
Dhaka Mirror (Jul 4, 2011)
Singer Zeenat Rahana’s albums “Sa Re Ga Ma” and “Hashi Khushi” for children and an adhunik song album “Kanthey Nilem Gaan” were launched recently. Under the banner of Impress Audio Vision Limited, the album “Sa Re Ga Ma” contains 10 educational songs– “Gaan Shikhbey Agey Tobey”, “Sokal Sokale Ghumaay Jara”, “Shey Ak Mojar Khela”, “Janmodin Shuvo Janmodin”, “E Desh Ke Ami Ki Jey Bhalobashi” and others while Fahim Music has launched “Hashi Khushi”...
Zeenat Rehana recalls her Early Days
Voice of America, Masuma Khatun (Mar 6, 2010)
Zeenat Rehana is a well known Singer from Bangladesh. She has also worked for International Development Organizations including UNDP training Programs for women in Bangladesh...
Singer Zeenat Rehana Speaks to VOA Bangla
Voice of America, Sarkar Kabiruddin (Jan 29, 2006)
Zeenat Rehana , a singer from Bangladesh , had once captured her audience with her melodious voice. She began singing in the sixties in Bangladesh radio and television. Zeenat still sings for radio and television in Bangladesh...
Celebration of Pohela Boishakh in Amman
Embassy of Bangladesh, Jordan (Apr 17, 2011)
Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year 2011 was observed in a festive manner in Amman, Jordan on 14 April 2011 by the Embassy of Bangladesh here. A lively cultural programme, comprising of Bengali songs...
Fundraising for NIBAF in Boston
Interview with ThikanaBack to Top
Selected Videos by Zeenat
Here are some video clips - please click on the link below to play.
Jodi Rupali Rat Ashe - Youtube
Kansas City, Kansas - October 2011
Shagor Teer Theke - Youtube
Chokh Duto Mele Rakhi - Youtube
Ami Kakon Diye Dekhechilem - Youtube
Interview in Los Angeles, October 2011 - Youtube
List of selected Albums with songs by Zeenat
2. Kontho Bina (November 2009)
Consists of ten hits of selected modern bengali songs of 70s and 80s written by eminent lyricists of Bangladesh
Produced by Agniveena
Marketed by Geetanjoly
Sponsored by NTV
7. Konthe Nilem Gaan (May 2011)
Consists of eight new and original songs written by Shahid Islam and composed by Quazi Nazir Ahmed Hasib
Produced and Marketed by Fahim Music
Sponsored by The Hollywood Entertainment Group
9. Jadur Pencil (May 2012)
Consists of ten selected educational songs for the children from the book "Jadur Pencil" by Zeb un Nessa Jamal
Produced and Marketed by Fahim Music
Sponsored by the ONE Bank