Those who do music, are a bit messy in life – is an accepted perspective of our society. The picture always shows that musicians can never be
good at any other profession.
To prove this wrong and encourage potential music enthusiasts, Dhaka University's FBS Music Wing organised a seminar on “Music and Career: How to Fine Tune”. This seminar was solely based on the perfect balancing of career and music. It was also the first one of its kind in our country.
The speakers included the widely acclaimed vocalist of Chirkutt band, Sharmin Sultana Sumi, the only Bangladeshi graduate of Berklee College of Music, Armeen Musa along with the drummer of Arbovirus, Nafeez Al Amin.
Nafeez Al Amin, a multitalented drummer, enchanted the audience by how he was invited by BUET to conduct sessions regarding automobile engines, despite being an assistant professor of marketing at Daffodil International University. “I am now trying to make my own battery powered motorcycle and if that becomes successful I will also try to make a battery-run car,” said the proprietor of Beshi Joss Drums – a custom drum manufacturer company. His words enlightened the listeners on how to keep perfect poise between career and work through work balance.
Then, Armeen Musa spoke about pursuing higher studies in music. She asserted her journey as a musician from her first song, a remake of “Bhromor Koiyo Giya”, which became a hit, to her Berklee production “Jaago Piya”.
She mentioned the importance of her institutional education on music and encouraged the students to keep learning. “People laughed at me when I was going to Berklee at the age of 25, but I kept faith in myself.
Always remember that time is just a number,” she said.
The last session was conducted by Sharmin Sultana Sumi who is also Creative Director at MindTree BD. She revealed her struggles as a musician and encouraged students to induce positivity in their lives. “The ones who used to mock me while I did music, turned out to be the ones taking pride in my success. Always be positive and keep practicing music, be your own brand,” she advised everyone.
The seminar also held an online song competition titled “Lets Tune!” which was divided into three segments. The winners of each segment were adorned by crest and certificates from the speakers themselves.
FBS Music Wing was founded by 17 music enthusiasts from Faculty of Business Studies, Dhaka University, in 2014. The club currently has 70 members and a signature event “Falgun Festival”. They have won several awards and organised various events.