Bangladeshi expatriate artiste Alif Laila entertained the audience at a solo sitar show held at the auditorium of Alliance Francaise Chittagong on Saturday.
Ustad Azizul Islam was present at the programme as the chief guest. Alliance Francaise Chittagong director Selvam Thorez and its deputy director Gurupada Chakroborty were also present at the programme.
Laila, accompanied by Ashoke Paul on Tabla, commenced the show playing raga yaman, a Hindustani classical raga of Kalyan thaat. She then played raga sohini, a Hindustani classical raga of Marwa that. She ended the show with a presentation of dhun based raga.
Alif Laila was born in Dhaka. She was initially trained in Indian Classical Music (sitar) in Dhaka under the tutelage of late Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Allauddin Khan. She moved to the USA in 1988 and continued her sitar lessons under Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt and Kushal Das. She has performed at numerous prestigious venues such as The Purcell Room in London, The Kerala Arts Society in Kerala, India International Center in New Delhi, Manav Sanghralaya in Bhopal and others.
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