Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) hosted a solo classical music concert on December 20 at IUB Auditorium in Dhaka. Noted sitarist Alif Laila performed in the concert while Rupak Bhattacharjee was on tabla.
Alif Laila, a watercolourist as well, loves to depict the desired mood of a raga on her sitar. She has performed internationally and gained tremendous appreciation.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IUB Rashed Chowdhury; Former Chairman of Board of Trustee and Governing Council, IUB Towhid Samad and Vice Chancellor IUB, Professor Omar Rahman were present at the occasion, among other distinguished personalities.
Alif Laila set off her recital with playing Raga Hameer, elaborating alap, jod and a vilambit teentaal composition. She later performed a madhyalaya teentaal composition along with a jhala set on Raga Jog. Recital of a Kirwani dhun followed. The artiste wrapped up her solo soiree with presenting a madhyalaya teentaal composition coupled with a dhun based on Raga Bhairavi.
Alif Laila was initially trained in Indian Classical Music (sitar) in Dhaka under the tutelage of late Ustad Mir Qasem Khan. She attended the College of Fine Arts in Dhaka, where she graduated in 1981 and received several awards for her watercolour painting.
In 1988, she moved to the USA and continued her sitar practice with taking lessons from Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt and Kushal Das. Alif Laila performed concerts at places such as The Kennedy Center, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Smithsonian in Washington DC, The Purcell Room, London, ITC-SRA, Kolkata, India. She also teaches sitar in the University of Maryland.