He is a household name for Bangladeshi families in the UK, but it is not until this unassuming, softly-spoken man starts to sing – with a quite overwhelming sweetness – that you realise why. Composer of Sadher Lau, a song second only to the national anthem in its popularity to Bangladeshis, Himangshu Goswami was born in Sylhet and trained as a classical singer, before turning to folk and traditional songs. Saying that he was born to sing, Goswami built a successful career for himself, teaching and performing in Bangladesh until 1978, when at the age of 26 he was invited to tour London.
That first concert in a cinema in London’s Brick Lane was so successful that thousands of people waited outside to see if they could get tickets, and at the end of the concert, the Bangladeshi community would not let him leave. With a personal recommendation from Ravi Shankar, Goswami agreed to stay in the UK.
Since then he has performed with George Harrison, Ali Akbar Khan, and worked with Ravi Shankar on the soundtrack for Gandhi. He featured in the UK top ten with Kula Shaker for their hit Govinda. Goswami has also performed at countless charity concerts at major venues around the globe.
Musical Legacy of Himangshu Goswami
Himangshu has a musical legacy spanning over 40 years of involvement with Bengali Folk and Devotional Music. He has recorded almost 20 albums over this period and we are busy creating an archive of his lifes’ work and music. We look forward to sharing the results in the coming months here on this website.