National Film Award-winning singer-composer Swani Zubayeer in his solo show captivated the audience presenting raga-based songs on Saturday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Zubayeer presented his self-composed songs based on different ragas and also covered a few famous thumris, an Indian classical raga style featuring grief of a lonely soul, rendered by maestros like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Barkat Ali Khan and others.
The singer commenced the show covering Ustad Barkat Ali Khan’s famous thumri Baghon Mein Padey Jhooley.
He also covered Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s hugely popular thumri Yaad Piya Ki Aye to the delight of the audience.
He later covered popular Hindi playback song Tan Man Dhan rendered by Mukesh Chand Mathur.
The audience also enjoyed his original Bangla songs like Amar Mon Valo Nei, Amar Ghum Asena, Charidike Chholona and others.
‘I am performing at a solo show after nine years’, said the singer, who also launched his dream project the Royal Institute of Music Bangladesh through the show.
The institute will offer education in both western and north Indian classical music through a two-year diploma and short courses, informed the singer-composer.
Zubayeer earned his Master Degree in Western Classical Composition from the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and also received training in Indian Classical Music from Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan and Ustad Jawad Ali Khan.
‘It is wonderful to listen to Swani Zubayeer. He is such a gifted musician with excellent command over Indian classical and western music’, Fahad Hossain, an audience member, told New Age.
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