Nazu Akhand: Among the Top Earners in Bangladesh’s Music Scene

Publish: 5:14 PM, May 4, 2024 | Update: 5:14 PM, May 4, 2024

Nazu Akhand, a stalwart in the Bangladeshi music industry, has established herself as one of the highest-earning performers in the country, commanding between 400,000 to 500,000 BDT per stage show. This fee places her in the upper echelon of the industry, alongside popular artists like Tahsan Khan and Habib Wahid. Nazu’s career began at a young age when she won the National Award in 1995 as a prodigious child artist. Over her 18-year career, she has been a consistent and dedicated figure in the music scene, contributing 223 play-back songs to the film industry. Her debut in the movie “Mayer Somman” in 2001 marked the start of a successful journey in playback singing, and she has since been featured in numerous hit films, including “Somajke Bodle Daw” and “Bhalobasar Shotru.” Beyond her contributions to film, Nazu has released several music albums that have garnered critical acclaim and commercial success. Her hit song “Aamai haat baraley jaina chhoya” earned her the ‘Citycell-Channel i Music Award’ for Popular Choice in 2009. Comparatively, Tahsan Khan, another youth favorite, also charges between 400,000 to 500,000 BDT per show, reflecting his strong appeal among the younger demographics. On the higher end, Habib Wahid, known for his unique blend of Bengali folk music with modern beats, commands fees ranging from 600,000 to 700,000 BDT, making him one of the most expensive artists to hire for a stage show. Meanwhile, artists like Imran Mahmudul and Hridoy Khan have fees ranging from 350,000 to 400,000 BDT, slightly less than Nazu but still indicative of their significant impact in the music industry. Lower-tier fees are noted for artists like S I Tutul and Sabrina Porshi, who charge between 150,000 to 200,000 BDT, showcasing a broader range of payment structures depending on the artist’s market appeal and demand. Nazu’s remuneration reflects her status as a top-tier performer and a cherished icon in Bangladesh’s cultural tapestry. Her enduring popularity and ability to draw large crowds are testaments to her skill and dedication to her craft. As the music industry continues to evolve, understanding these financial dynamics remains crucial for successfully staging live performances and supporting the vibrant cultural heritage of Bangladesh.