Fauzia Khan

Reenat Fauzia

Born in 1967, Reenat Fauzia, a noted Sitarist, daughter of Mobarak Hossain Khan, a distinguished musicologist and litterateur, and a renowned Surbahar artiste, and Fauzia Khan, famous vocal artiste, comes of an internationally renowned family of musicians of Bangladesh. She is the granddaughter of Ustaad Ayet Ali Khan, the maestro of Music of the sub-continent, who was the youngest brother of Ustaad Alauddin Khan, the world reputed Maestro of Seni-Maihar and Alauddin Gharana of Music, belonging to village Shibpur, district Brahmanbaria. Reenat Fauzia was born in this family of a rich tradition and culture of music, where melody of music is something spontaneous in her being. Her father Mobarak Hossain Khan is also a former Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of fine and performing arts), and the Chairman of the Trustee Board of Nazrul Institute, under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh.

'A Touch of Love': Reenat Fauzia's First CD

Early life

Reenat was attracted to music in a cultured milieu of her family since her childhood. She drew her inspiration to play on Sitar out of her love for the legacy of legendary achievements in instrumental music germane to her family tradition. She began taking lessons on Sitar since her school days. The family music tradition made a significant contribution to her aspirations to rise to musical heights.

Training and Achievements

Reenat started her training in music lessons from her cousin Ustaad Shahadat Hossain Khan, reputed Sarode player of Bangladesh. Later, she received her ‘Guru-Shishya-Parampara’ music training from her cousin Ustaad Khurshid Khan, a distinguished Sitar preceptor. She completed a five years certificate course on Sitar from ‘Chhayanaut’, a pioneering music institute of Bangladesh. Later on she joined the faculty of the same institute as a teacher. After taking lessons on Sitar for twelve long years, she joined participating in programs of Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar (Radio Bangladesh) regularly. She also performed in the special magazine and music programs of Television. She also makes frequent appearance in stage for performing solo recital on Sitar. Reenat Fauzia is considered as one of the best among female Sitar players of the Khan family and is the outstanding female Sitarist in Bangladesh. She is still continuing her talim from Ustaad Khurshid Khan. Reenat Fauzia has a brilliant academic career too. In both her B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. examinations from Dhaka University, she obtained 1st class 1st position in Home Economics, besides securing 1st position in Dhaka board SSC and HSC examinations in Home Economics in 1982 and 1984 respectively. She obtained her Post Graduate Diploma from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands. She joined the Bangladesh Civil Service (Education) in 1993, and is an Assistant Professor in the College of Home Economics in Dhaka at present. During her visit to the USA, UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Philippines, and Hong Kong , she enthralled listeners with her captivating recitals on Sitar .


Two CDs of Reenat Fauzia under the caption of ‘A Touch of Love’. , and ‘Tribute to Grandfather Ustad Ayet Ali Khan’ has drawn attraction of listeners and earn popularity immensely. In the first one, music was composed and directed by her uncle Sheikh Sadi Khan, a reputed Music Director of Bangladesh, while in the second one there are also recitals of her mentor Ustad Khurshid Khan, and her grandfather Ustad Ayet Ali Khan.

'Tribute to Grandfather Ustad Ayet Ali Khan': A combination of recitals by Reenat Fauzia, her mentor Ustad Khurshid Khan, and their Grandfather Ustad Ayet Ali Khan


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