Nashid Kamal’s book launch in Washington
Eminent Nazrul Sangeet exponent Nashid Kamal performed songs and discussed her latest book on National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam recently in a programme, which was held in Washington DC.
The programme titled '17th Nazrul Convention' featured a discussion on Nashid Kamal's book 'The Path of the Comet and Other Essays' published by Nazrul Institute in 2018.
Professor emeritus Winston Langley spoke on the publication at the event, which was jointly organised by Dhrupad and BAIE.
It was a treat for expatriate Bangalees when Nashid Kamal took the stage and performed a number of Nazrul songs. In between her songs, she enthralled the audience with some stories on the background of the songs.
Renowned Nazrul Sangeet singer Fatema Tuz Zohra, Khilkhil Kazi, Salauddin Ahmed, Meher Afroz Shaon, Dorothy Bose, Bidisha, Riddhi Bannerjee and Tushar Dutta, among others, performed on the occasion.
Dr. Nashid Kamal is a musician, academician and writer, all three in one. She got her PhD from UK in 1996 in Statistics and taught in Dhaka University for 31 years. She was Chairman of the Department of Public Health, North South University.
Granddaughter of legendary Bangladeshi musician Abbasuddin Ahmed, she has been an outstanding exponent of Nazrul Geeti, semi-classical and folk music and Urdu ghazals in Bangladesh for over four decades. She trained in classical music under Ustads Akhter Shadmani, PC Gomes and Pandit Jasraj of India. She took tutelage under her aunt, Ferdausi Rahman and Uncle Mustafa Zaman Abbasi all through her life, ghazals from Kader Zamiree and Nazrul songs from Sudhin Das. Currently she takes lessons from Ustad Azad Rehman
Among her notable performances are, she has sung in the inaugural session of Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, Wembley Arena, London and solo performances, including foreign songs in Japan, Canada, USA (Fobana), India, Kenya, Zambia, Pakistan and Europe . She represented Bangladesh in Uzbekistan International Festival and NY Boi mela. She is a regular performer in Tara Muzik, as well as an anchor. She has received Channel i best artiste award in Nazrul songs in 2011. Apart from her other prizes, she has received the Nazrul Institute Award (for music and translation) in 2014.