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12:00 AM, August 13, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 13, 2008

An evening of classical music at Bengal Shilpalaya


Samina De Urmi performs at the programme. Photo Courtesy: Saikat Majumder

A solo musical soiree featuring performances by Samina De Urmi, an expatriate classical artiste, was held on August 11 at Bengal Shilpalaya. The performances included thumri, ghazal and more by the artiste.
Veteran artiste Mahmudur Rahman Benu, who is based in London now, introduced Samina to the audience. Luva Nahid Chowdhury, director general of Bengal Foundation delivered the welcome speech.
Graduating in English Literature from Dhaka University, Samina De grew up in a culturally oriented family. She received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and Education of India and trained in classical music under eminent music exponent Pandit Amarnath. She received her lessons in thumri from legendary Indian artiste Shova Gurtu. Samina has so far performed in Britain, Switzerland, Canada, U.S.A, India and Bangladesh. She is also a regular classical singer on All India Radio and Doordarshan.
Samina's exquisite performance kept the audience captivated throughout the evening. The artiste was accompanied by Pinu Sen Das on tabla, Sunil Chnadra Das on violin, Mahua on the tanpura and Mohammad Shakur on the harmonium.

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