Today marks the 78th birth anniversary of legendary Ghazal maestro Ustad Ghulam Ali. To pay a musical tribute to the living legend, Kolkata-based popular TV channel Tara Muzik is set to air a solo Ghazal programme, Aj Sokaler Amontrone, where renowned Bangladeshi artiste Aloke Kumar Sen will perform live.
The programme, to be aired this morning at 7:30 am (Indian time) and 8 am (Bangladesh Time), will be accompanied with great Tabla artiste Pradip Ghosh and guitarist Abhijeet Banerjee from India.
Sen has a strong inclination for khayal and ghazal. He was invited by ICCR, India to perform at several ghazal programmes held in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Nagaland of India in 2015.
“Khayal represents the internal aesthetes of melodious imagination. It is rather than an imaginative song, as it is full of spirituality while ghazal is the medium of expressing the best literary essence through melody,” asserts Sen, who feels honoured to perform for Ustad Ghulam Ali's birthday. “All the forms of higher love, either human or spiritual, can be articulated through the metaphors of ghazal.”
Aloke Kumar Sen is a classical vocalist and ghazal artiste. Born in a musical family of Narail, he was baptised in music by his parents Bhim Sen and Shantana Sen, who are renowned jatra artistes.
Sen completed both his B Mus and M Mus from the Department of Hindustani Classical Vocal Music at Shanto Mariam University of Creative Technology securing first class with first position in both the examinations and receiving a gold medal from the president of Bangladesh. The artiste has been receiving tutelage in the genre under the guidance of noted classical vocalist and guru Anil Kumar Saha since 2008. Sen has also been taking classical lessons from Pandit Tushar Dutta. Besides Khayal and Ghazal, the artiste regularly performs thumri, bhajan, Nazrul Sangeet, film and adhunik songs on different TV channels and stages.