Mohoshina Akter Khanom, Ph.D. (Leena Taposi Khan)

Nationally and internationally recognized singer, scholar, with twenty five years of teaching experience in various institutions and twenty years of research on the renowned poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. ICCR scholarship holder Leena performed the music of Kazi Nazrul Islam in various locations worldwide such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Myanmar, Kuwait, India, Canada, China and Australia.

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Ph.D Bangla
The University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 2010
Dissertation: “Use of Ragas in Nazrul Songs”
M.Phil Bangla
The University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 2005
Thesis: “The Distinction in the Tune of Nazrul Songs”
M. Music Classical Music
The Visva Bharoti University, Shantiniketon, West Bengal, India, 1988
B. Music Classical Music
The Visva Bharoti University, Shantiniketon, West Bengal, India, 1985
B. Music Music College, Dhaka (University of Dhaka) Bangladesh, 1983

Professional Experiences

Professor (full-time faculty, since July 2010), Department of Music, The University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Former Chairperson (2015-2018), Department of Music, The University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Asst. Professor (adjunct faculty), Department of Music, The Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology, Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2010 – present
Former Deputy Director and Asst. Professor (full-time faculty), Department of Music, The Shanto Mariam University of Creative Technology, Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 2003-June 2010
Lecturer (adjunct faculty), Department of Music, The University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 1996-July 1997
Head of Department of Music, Benuka Institute of Fine Arts, Lalmatia, Dhaka, Bangladesh, since June 1988
Founder and Trainer, Ananda Geet Baddyam Music Academy, Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh,

Course Preparations

  • Hindustani Classical Music
  • Ghazel’s
  • Nazrul Shangeet
  • Tribal songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam

Others Duties & Responsibilities fulfilled

  • Former Chairman, Dept of Music, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015 – 2017)
  • Founder/Chairperson of International Center for Bengali Music (ICBM)
  • Former Student advisor, Dept of Music, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Member of Editorial Board, WISDOM SPEAKS, Kolkata, West Bengal, Indian National Forum Art and Culture. Add. P.867, Block -A Lake Town, Kolkata – 700089, India.
  • Board Member of Dhaka University Journal.
  • Prepared syllabus for Nazrul University, Asansol, Bardhaman, WB, India on 2017
  • Prepared syllabus for National University & Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University on 2014 – 2015
  • Coordinate cultural programs with national and international delegates on behalf of the university
  • Prepare syllabus for National Curriculum Board( NCTB)
  • Peer reviewer of NCTB books
  • Conducted a project of University Grant Commission “Training on the Authenticity of Tune and Lyric of Nazrul Songs”. (2014 – 2015)
  • Dealing 12 M Phil and Ph.D. students as a Guild at dept. Music

Awards & Honors

  • International Inner Week Club Award, Dhaka, Bangladesh – 2021
  • Bangla Darpan Award from Bangla Darpan, Dhaka – 2018
  • Nazrul Padak, from Nazrul Institute, Dhanmondi , Dhaka – 2017
  • Shadhinata Shangshad Award from Shadhinata Shangshad, Dhaka – 2017
  • Awarded by Bangladesh American Chamber Of Commerce , Florida, USA – 2016
  • Benuka Institute of Fine Arts Award from Benuka, Lalmatia, Dhaka – 2015
  • Nazrul Award from Upo Zilla (Murad Nagar) and Comilla District Administration – 2015
  • Nazrul Award from Nazrul Academy, Churulia , Bardhaman, WB India – 2014
  • Dhaka Business and Professional Women’s Club award from DBPW Club, Dhaka – 2011
  • Awarded from University of Chittagong , Chittagong – 2012
  • Media Journalist Forum of Bangladesh – 2010
  • Inner Wheel Club of Dhaka, Bangladesh – 2010
  • Benuka Shanmanona Padak Award – 2004
  • Anannya Shirshow Dosh Award -1998
  • Shangbarta Award, 1989
  • Rongdhonu Academy Award – 1987

Participation honors & Others

  • FOBANA LA Awarded from Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (FOBANA) – 2022
  • FOBANA NY Awarded from Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (FOBANA) – 2019
  • FOBANA LA Awarded from Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (FOBANA) – 2014
  • Nazrul Conference in NY, Florida, Atlanta, NY, New Jersey
  • India Government Scholarship – 1982-1988
  • Served with Panel of Judges for
    o Bangladesh Television, Rampura, Dhaka
    o Bangladesh Betar, Agargaon, Dhaka
    o Kabi Nazrul Institute, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
    o Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Dhaka
    o Bangladesh Shishu Academy Contest, Dhaka

Academic Publications

1. Kazi Nazrul Islamer Bangla Thumri, Published from Bangla Shahitya Potrika, Dhaka University , Dhaka, Bangladesh , 2017
2. Influence of Music in bringing inner peace and solidarity. Published by Indian National Forum of Art and Culture. Add. P.867, Block -A Lake Town , Kolkata – 700089, India, 2018
3. Shornojuger Bangla Gaan – Published by Ramnagar College, Mednipur, West Baengal, India.
4. Raag Shangite Bangla Bhashar Byabohar o Kotipoy Shamashya – Published by “Wisdom Speaks” organized by Indian National Forum of Art and Culture Kolkata,West Bengal, India.
5. Editor: Abdul Gaffar Datta Chowdhury – Selected Songs– Publised by Utsha Publiser, Dhaka, Bangladesh.- 2018
6. Raag Roop -Published by Shangbed 85/1, Fakirapul, Dhaka – 1000, Bagladesh – February 2016
7. Nzruler Shammya Chatana – Nazrul Institute ,31st Episode February 2015
8. Nazrul Sangit : Shuddhobani – Surer Utsho o Gaiki – Nazrul Institute ,30th Episode February 2014
9. Bangalir Jibon Chetonay Nazrul – Betar Bangla Journal, Betar Prokashona Doptor, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. May 2012
10. Nazruler Gaaner Sreni Binnyash – Shandhitsha 8 th Shakespeare Sharoni , Kolkata – 71, West Bengal , India – August 2011
11. Use of Raga in Nazrul Songs Doctoral Dissertation, Nazrul Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh – March 2011
12. Rabindranather Vanga Gaan abong Kazi Nazruler Vanga Khyal, Nazrul Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh – May 2011
13. Nazrul Sangeeter Sreni Binnyash o Kotipoy Shomoshya, Nazrul Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh – June 2010
14. Columnist (3 Episode) Anjali Laho Mor, Nawgaon District, Bangladesh, December 2001- 2006
15. Bengla Shodeshi Gaan and Kazi Nazrul Islam”, Nazrul Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2001
16. Dhakay Shangit Charcha (Published in Rajdhani Dhakar 400 Bochor o Uttarkal – in Bangla, (400 YEARS OF CAPITAL DHAKA AND BEYOND) by Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh – May 2012
17. Performing Art: Songs Published in 400 YEARS OF CAPITAL DHAKA AND BEYOND – in English translated (Rajdhani Dhakar 400 Bochor o Uttarkal) Celebration of 400 years of Capital Dhaka, by Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh – July 2011
18. Paribeshona Shilpe Nari (Published in Dhaka Nagar Jibone Nari) Celebration of 400 years of Capital Dhaka, by Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh – June 2010

Performances & Participation in Professional Meetings

1. Bangla Academy, “Keynote speaker”, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 2022
2. Attended Yunnan University, Kunming, China as a Delegate for their Cultural Exchange Program on 25 April 2018 to 25 April 2018
3. Paper Presentation “The Impact of Music on Adolescents in under developed Country” at SOAS University, London under MESI (Music, Education & Social Inclusion-ICTM) on 20-21 July 2017
4. Attended in Seminar at Ramnagar College, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal. Participated as a Keynote Speaker on topic “Sharna Juger Bangla Gaan” in January 2017
5. LALAN Philosophy and non-Communal Bangladesh – Seminar arranged and coordinated at University of Dhaka on 10 December 2016
6. National Training Workshop on the “Role of Culture in Promoting Peace and solidarity” organized by Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) under Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO & ISESCO (BENCU), Dhaka, Bangladesh on 17-19 June 2014
7. Nazrul Institute, “Kazi Nazrul Islam and Gramophone Company”, a celebration of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 112th birthday, Kazi Nazrul Islam University , Trishal, Mymensingh, Bangladesh, May 2011
8. Bangla Academy, “The Classification of Nazrul Songs”, Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 2010
9. North American Nazrul Conference, Invited Artist and panelist, Washington DC, May 2008
10. Baldwin-Wallace College, Invited Artist, Berea, Ohio, USA, September 2005
11. Banga Shammelon, Invited Artist, Boston MA, USA, September 2001
12. Banga Mela, Invited Artist, Saint Luis, MI, USA, September 1999

Professional Memberships

  1. Editorial Board Member of Wisdom Speaks a Tri-lingual Multi-disciplinary Peer-Reviewed Journal organized by INDIAN NATIONAL FORUM OF ART AND CULTURE, Ringsted Office P 222, Block “A”, Lake Town, Kolkata – 700 089m West Bengal, India – since February 2017
  2. Founder member of Bangladesh Nazrul Shangeet Shangstha, Magbazar, Dhaka – since 2011, Bangladesh, since June 1988
  3. Head of Department of Music dept. and vice chairman of Benuka Institute of Fine Arts, Lalmatia, Dhaka
  4. Member of an Association for Bangladeshi Scholars Studied in India (ABSSI), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  5. Founder & Principal of Ananda Geet Baddyam, Lalmatia, Dhaka. Since 1996

Additional Experiences & Trainings

  1. Special training on Nazrul Shangeet by Ustad Shri Dhirendra Chandra Mitra, a renowned Nazrul Shangeet Singer, 1981-1988
  2. Special training on Hindustani Classical Music by Pandit D. T. Joshi, a renowned Classical Music trainer, 1981-1988

Music Production

  • Six music CDs, G-Series, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • One music CD, Pancha Ratna, Laser Vision, Dhaka Bangladesh
  • One music DVD, Neel Jamuna, Laser Vision, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Three Mixed CDs from Nazrul Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Other productions are available in YouTube. Click here to visit YouTube Channel