Bangladeshinfo CelebChat with rising talent singer Sharmin Sultana Upoma.
What can you tell us about your upcoming songs?
My latest album titled “Maya” is out now in celebration of the Noboborsho. The music director was Belal Khan and the songs are “Maya”, “Ochin Taan”, “Naalish”, “Din-e Din-e” and “Ari”. The lyricists were Anurup Aich, Shomeshwar Oli, Robiul Islam Jibon and more. My fans believe that my tone suits the folk genre best. Therefore, the songs have a touch of folk to them which I hope the listeners will enjoy. The album was published by Laser Vision. I am also singing for another multi-artist album called “Tore Chara Ekla Lagey”, which is written & composed by Shojib Shahriar.
Which songs brought you under the limelight?
So far, “Dil Ki Doya Hoyna” is my most popular song. It gained a lot of admiration & was a turning point for my career. The song from my first album called “Tumi Chokh Meley Takale”, was also well appreciated. Recently, the listeners seem to be enjoying the song, “Kajol Bhromora” by Adit, in which I am the featuring artist.
How did your journey as a singer begin?
Both my parents were singers. My mom, Nasima Akhter, first taught me how to sing. They planned for me to become a singer. I also learnt classical singing from Mohammad Shorif, and Hafiz Uddin Bahar taught me Nazrul Geeti.
When did you first sing in an album?
Four years back, in a competition arranged by a telecommunication operator, I did a song called “Dokhin Hawa” in the album “Hridoy Mix”. I also lent my voice to a song composed by Kumar Bishwajit, and I’m rather proud of that.
Who are your inspirations in the industry?
I have quite a few, but mostly, Runa Laila, Sabina Yasmin, Shahnaz Rahmatullah, Kanak Chapa and Samina Chowdhury. I also admire foreign singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Shreya Ghoshal, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and the band One Direction. Overall, I’m mostly inspired by Runa Laila’s style of singing.
Would you share a secret with your fans, and let them know a side of Upoma they never thought they would?
Well many people do not know this, and I’m certain very few of my fans do, that I am a motorcyclist and I rather enjoy taking a bike out for a ride.
Apart from singing, what else are you involved with?
In addition to my singing career, I am also a full time medical student. However, I plan on pursuing my career as a singer full time after I’m done with my studies.