The Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) is hosting an evening of Hindustani classical vocal music by US-based Bangladeshi artiste, Dr. Samia Mahbub Ahmad, at 6:30 pm today at IGCC, Gulshan-1, in the capital.
Born in Dhaka and currently a resident of Maryland (USA), Samia Mahbub Ahmad is a North Indian classical vocalist who has been studying, performing and teaching music in North America, South Asia and Southern Africa for the past two and a half decades.
Samia has apprenticed with noted guru Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya in Bangladesh, and Padma Shri Vidushi Sumitra Guha in India. Samia has used her classical base to also specialise in Nazrul Sangeet, Bhajan and global fusion -- combining Hindustani classical music with contemporary melodies and rhythms of South Asia, South Africa and the West. She has expanded her collaborative work to combine vocal music with dance choreography and visual arts.
The artiste will set off the soiree with a Khayal (vilambit and drut composition based on vilambit ektaal and teentaal respectively) performance set on Raga Maru Behag, at the event.
“As the event is set to start in the evening, I have decided to render an evening-time raga. My guru Padma Shri Vidushi Sumitra Guha has composed both the vilambit ('Madhur Hari Naam Sumiran Karo') and drut ('Muralia Baaj Rahi Madhuban Mey') bandish of the raga. Based on the raga, I have a plan to perform a tarana (Ta Na De Re Ta Dia Na De Re) of my own composition at the event,” said Dr. Samia Mahbub.
Later, the artiste will present a spring-inspired drut composition set on Raga Desh, a Surdas bhajan and a Kazi Narul Islam composition. The programme is being organised in association with the State Bank of India in Bangladesh and Channel i as media partner.
Samia's upcoming classical music album titled “Rasneem” will feature a blend of classical, contemporary and fusion music. Samia's son Rafi has accompanied her on clarinet in a Bhairavi genre while her daughter Tasneem has accompanied her in a Yaman piece on violin.