(Bengali: ফিরোজাবেগম) (28 July 1930 – 9
September 2014) was a Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet singer. She was awarded the
Independence Day Award in 1979 by the Government of Bangladesh. Feroza Begum
was born in Gopalganj District on 28 July 1930 to the zamindar family of
Ratail Ghonaparha. Her parents were Mohammad Ismail and Begum Kowkabunnesa.
She became drawn to music in her childhood. She started her career in 1940s.
Feroza Begum first sang in All India Radio while studying in sixth grade. She
met the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the age of 10. She became a
student of him. In 1942, she recorded her first Islamic song by the
gramophone record company HMV in 78 rpm disk format. Since then, 12 LP, 4 EP,
6 CD and more than 20 audio cassette records have been released. She lived in
Kolkata from 1954 until she moved to Dhaka in 1967. In 1956, Feroza Begum was
married to Kamal Dasgupta (who converted to Islam before the marriage and
took the name Kamal Uddin Ahmed), a singer, composer, and lyricist. Kamal
died on 20 July 1974. Two of their three sons, Hamin Ahmed and Shafin Ahmed
are musicians. They are currently members of the rock band Miles.