Samina Chowdhury (born 28 August) is a Bangladeshi singer. She mostly sings modern and classical songs. Her notable songs include Jonmo Theke Jolchi Mago, Amar Buker Moddhyekhane, Amar Dui Chokhe Dui Nodi, Ekbar Jodi Keu, Kobita Porar Prohor and Phool Phote Phool Jhore. She was one of the judges of the reality television show CloseUp1 on NTV. In the year 2007, Samina Chowdhury served as judge of “Sera Kantha” held at Channel I. She also served as the judge of Channel i’s “Khude Gun Raj”, NTV’s “CloseUp1”, “Valobashi Bangladesh” of Maasranga Television and others programs.
Chowdhury performs as a playback singer for film scores. She won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer (2006), Bachsas Award for Best Female Singer (1981) and Meril Prothom Alo Award for Best Female Singer (2005). Her father is famous music personality late Mahmudunnabi and sister famous artist Fahmida Nabi.
Early life: Chowdhury was born to Mahmudun Nabi and Rashida Chowdhury. As a child, she went to Agrani School and College in Dhaka. Chowdhury’s sister, Fahmida Nabi, and brother Pancham are also musicians. Under guidance from her father, she developed as a playback contemporary singer. She took part in Notun Kuri song category and stood first in this competition in 1977.
Career: Chowdhury started her career as a playback singer in 1981. Her debut song was Jonmo Theke Jolchi Mago from the film Jonmo Theke Jolchi. She continued working as a singer in the audio industry. Later, she sang the song “Saat Bhai Champa Jagore” in the film “Saat Bhai Champa”. Then she took a hiatus from playback singing. She concentrated on studio albums and released songs named Kabita Porar Prohor Eseche, Ekbar Jodi Keu Bhalobasto and Oi Jhinuk Phota Sagorbelay.
Chowdhury returned to playback singing through the song “Tomar Gorur Garite Ami Jabo Na”, a duet with Andrew Kishore. Her another rendition was “Amar Buker Moddhyekhane”. Some of her repertoires are Door Deepobasini, Hou Jodi Oi Neel Akash, “Hridoye Likhechi Tomari Naam” and Amar Majhe Nei Ekhon Ami. Her non-playback career includes adhunik song and Rabindra Sangeet. Some of her modern songs are Oi Jhinuk Phota Sagorbelai Amar Icche Kore, Kobita Porar Prohor Eseche Rater Nirjoney, Somoy Jeno Kate Na, Phool Phote Phool Jhore etc. She also released a Rabindra Sangeet album in 2009. She has sung two songs in the film Niswartha Bhalobasa: “Jamunar Jol” (with S I Tutul) and “Shopno Shopno”.
Chowdhury acted in radio dramas – Julius Caesar and Ei Shei. She was also used to be a news anchor.
Collaborations: During her career, Chowdhury has collaborated with many singers of Bangladesh. She played duets with Asif Akbar, Habib Wahid, Subir Nandi, Andrew Kishore, S. D. Rubel, S.I. Tutul, Monir Khan, Bappa Mazumder, Agun etc. She has worked with music directors and lyricists including Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, Ali Akbar Rupu, Sheikh Sadi Khan, Alam Khan, Alauddin Ali, Khan Ataur Rahman, Shawkat Ali Emon, Kabir Bakul, S.I. Tutul, Habib Wahid and Bappa Mazumder.
Reality show Judge: In the year 2007, Samina Chowdhury served as judge of “Sera Kantha” held at Channel I. She also served as the judge of Channel i’s “Khude Gun Raj”, NTV’s “CloseUp1”, “Valobashi Bangladesh” of Maasranga Television.
Television appearance: Drama – Midnight Black Coffee aired on NTV
Radio Program: Samina Chowdhury took part in “Julius Caesar” and “Ei shei” radio drama. She also worked as a news presenters.