Vol. 5 Num 879 Fri. November 17, 2006  

"Struggle makes success sweeter" -- Baby Naznin

Termed by her fans, as the 'black diamond', Baby Naznin is a renowned singer of Bangladesh. This skilled singer has other interesting talents as well. Baby was an avid volleyball player when she was younger and represented her division (Rajshahi) against other divisions. She has also taken part in many art competitions. Making sculptures is also one of her favourite pastimes, she says.

Her first audio cassette featuring 12 modern songs came out in 1987. She has been a successful playback singer singing for over 100 movies.

When The Daily Star caught up with her recently the artiste said that she was working on a new album (the name is yet to be fixed). The album will consist of romantic modern songs as well as traditional Bangla songs. At the moment she is riding high on her Eid success Daak piyon which featured romantic numbers.

Asked about the level of her popularity, Baby says, "I love it when my fans call me 'Black Diamond' and angel. I take that as a huge compliment to my beauty. I also enjoy it when the critics compare me to myself. All the love showered on me by my fans is really amazing and I thank the lord for that."

Philosophically talking about her regrets in life, Baby exclaims, "The world has so much to offer in terms of knowledge and culture. I wish I had more time to delve into life's intricate aspects. If you have the knowledge and honesty everything becomes simpler. That's the best way to earn respect. One has to maintain these good practices which are rarely found today. No one is perfect but I try my best to be sincere and honest."

Hailing from a small town in Rajshahi, Baby loves the struggle behind achievement. "If everything is laid out on a silver platter there is nothing left for you to achieve. I admire it when people achieve things on their own, fighting the odds of society.

There is a sense of fulfillment in that."

Some of Baby's all time favourite singers are Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Noorjehan, Ghulam Ali Khan and Rashid Khan. She loves instrumentals and piano recitals as well.

Recently when French football sensation Zinedine Zidane visited Bangladesh, Baby was one of the lucky ones to perform at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre. She rendered Shurjo uthey purbo dikey, Oki garial bhai and Amar ghum bhangaiya gelo. While performing the last number, Zidane took the stage -- much to the delight of the audience. Recalls an elated Baby, "I have performed in many countries and in front of some very important personalities but the experience of performing in front of Zidane was simply great."