Palbasha Siddique

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Palbasha Siddique
Native name পালবাসা সিদ্দিক
Born (1991-01-03) January 3, 1991 (age 27)
Genres Pop-Rock, Fusion, RnB
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2008 –present
Labels G-Series, Deadline Music
Associated acts Melange

Palbasha Siddique (Bengali: পালবাসা সিদ্দিক) (born January 3, 1991) [1] is a Bangladeshi born American singer. She is best known for her performance of Praan, a song adapted from the collection of poems Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, with music composed by Garry Schyman for Matt Harding's "Dancing 2008" video.

Early life and career[edit]

Siddique was born in Bangladesh. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family at age 10.[2] She received a scholarship to MacPhail Center for Music and sang in her schools' choirs and theater programs. At age 11, she sang God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch at a Minnesota Twins game. She attended De La Salle High School for two years and sang in both the concert and a cappella choirs.

While a 17-year-old student at Southwest High School, Siddique participated in KFAI radio's 1st International Women's Day program with Irina in March 2007.[3] A video clip of her singing for the Minneapolis radio station was posted to YouTube by Rajib Bahar. Harding's co-producer Melissa Nixon found the videos[4] as Schyman was looking for a vocalist to perform "Praan," whose lyrics are written in Bengali and based on poetry by Rabindranath Tagore.[5] Schyman flew Siddique and her mother to Los Angeles for a day of recording in mid-June 2008. "Palbasha was the consummate professional, perfectly in-pitch and absolutely belying her age," Schyman told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.[6]

The "Dancing 2008" video was posted soon afterward, and Praan climbed into the top-10 list of soundtrack downloads at[6]

On November 2008, Matt and the vocalist Palbasha were interviewed by KFAI radio in Minnesota.[7] The interview focused on how the "Dance 2008" project came to include Palbasha.


Studio albums
  • 2011: Bhalobashi Tai
Compilation albums
  • 2011: Shihoron
  • 2012: Nari
  • 2013: Shomonnoy
  • 2013: 360 [8]
  • 2009: In loss of all hopes
  • 2010: Nijete Phire
  • 2010: Nesha- The Addiction
  • 2010: Mumbasa TV series title song
  • 2015: Tolpar
Cover songs


  1. ^ "Palbasha Siddique- Praan and my 18th Birthday!". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Walsh, Jim (June 27, 2008). "Dancing with the universe". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Birongona Program at KFAI". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Sharp, Rob (2008-07-09). "YouTube's greatest hit: One man and the web's most watched video". Independent (UK). Archived from the original on February 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  5. ^ McGrath, Charles (July 8, 2008). "A Private Dancer? Four Million Web Fans Say No". New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b RIEMENSCHNEIDER, CHRIS (July 5, 2008). "Minneapolis teen is up there with Madonna and Mariah". Minneapolis StarTribune. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rajib interviews Matt Harding & Palbasha Siddique - KFAI - Pt. 1". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bangla music album "360" by Various Artists". ITunes. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

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