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Peshkar presents Taaza 'Raaga & Rhythm'
Classical concert at Chhayanaut
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Published : Thursday, 15 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 11
Peshkar presents Taaza 'Raaga & Rhythm'
Taaza 'Raaga & Rhythm' is a classical concert for the soulful music lovers in Dhaka organised by Peshkar Cultural Forum featuring sitar recital by Ebadul Huq Shaikat, on tabla Mir Naqibul Islam, flute recital by Murtaza Kabir Murad, on tabla Swarup Hossain and solo tabla recital by Ashoke Paul at Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan, Dhanmondi on January 16, Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
At the programme Kamal Lohani, Azad Rahman, Alimur Rahman Khan will be present as special guests and as chief guest Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, Honourable Minister of Information, will attend, says a press release.
Ebadul Huq Shaikat is an absolute artiste whose devotion is the enchantment of audience through his music. He has an Honours and Masters in Sitar from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India and learned his trade under the wings of Sitar Maestros Pt Kartik Seshadri and Pt Deepak Choudhury and his guru Pt Ajay Sinha Roy.
Shaikat has a personal approach of Maihar tradition, with very precise feeling of Shruti, and a deep spiritual touch. The Maihar gharana was founded by the sarod maestro Ustad Allaudin Khan and is the most prominent gharana of the 20th century.
Shaikat has performed in different concerts both in Bangladesh and India like Bengal-SRA Musical Festival (Dhaka), Chhayanaut Music Conference (Dhaka), Zakir Husain College (Delhi), RBU (Kolkata).
At present Shaikat is working as a sitar teacher at Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan Bangladesh.
Murtaza Kabir Murad is a flutist with lungs and heart. He, a flute teacher at Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan, learned how to breathe from the notable artists Allauddin Shaheb and Shamsur Rahman and is equipped with techniques from the famed Pandit Hariprashad Chawrasia.
Murad is not limited to any gharanas and likes to blend in all the style he has learned during his lifetime with focus on masitkhani style and kirana style.
He performed in Bengal Classical Music Festival-2012, Chhayanaut Annual Conference, Lakshyapar Music Conference, Sangskriti Bikash Kendra and in Daily Star Celebrating Life Concerts.
He has been working as a teacher of tabla in the Classical Music Department of Bulbul Lalita Kala Academy (BAFA) for a long time. He is the author of 'Shahaj Bashi Sheekkhya', the first and the only flute learning book in Bangladesh.
Swarup Hossain is a tabla player born with music and dedication in his blood. A gold medalist and a Masters from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, he learned tabla from the great maestro 'Pandit Sudhir Kumar Saxena' and is presently a disciple of tabla maestro of Farukhabaad, Pandit Shubhankar Banerjee. He has performed all over Europe and Asia and currently teaches music at Jagannath University, Dhaka University and Chhayanaut, Dhaka on part-time basis.
He belongs to the Ajrara Gharana, which was founded in the 19th century by Kallu and Miru and is one of the six main traditional schools of tabla.
Swarup Hossain played in many places in India, like Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hariana and most of the major cities of Bangladesh. He also performed in Galle Music Festival 2012 in Sri Lanka. In 2010 and 2013 he performed in Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Ulm, Augsburg and Schw?bisch Hall of Germany.
Shri Ashoke Paul is a genius tabla player who guides the imaginations of the audience to a wild fever pitch with every beat his fingers produce. A disciple of 'Padma Vushan & Deshicottam Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh' in India for eleven years, he received his Bachelor of Music from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh and has performed with renowned artists from around the world.
Ashoke Paul belongs to one of the latest incarnation of Farukhabad gharana of tabla which was created in the 11th century by a Rajput Court musician Akaasa. This gharana is the latest of the prominent six schools and has been producing great tabla maesteros.
Paul has been the tabla performer at classical music conferences in India among which Pandit Tan Sen Sangeet Maha Sammalon (Kolkata), Ustad Bahdur Khan Sangeet Maha Sammalon (Kolkata) & Jodu Bhatta Music Conference (Delhi), and tabla solo performer and accompanist at Ustad Ayet Ali Khan Sangeet Sammalon (Dhaka) and Suddhya Sangeet Proshar Gosthy, Dhaka.
He is currently working as a music teacher in Nazrul Academy and Dhaka City Corporation Music School.
Mir Naqibul Islam is a tabla player with rhythm in his veins. A classical artist of the new generation who is learning the beats under tutelage of tabla maestro Shri Ashoke Paul for the last 12 years and is an ardent of Pandit Gopal Mishra from India. He is best on stage performing live where he has an audience to hypnotise.
Naqib originally belongs to the Farukhbad gharana which has delicate strokes and sound variation. But he likes to incorporate his playing with Veranas gharanas' resonance and strength. He also utilises the style of Pakhawaj to bring different tones to his overall playing.
He has performed with artists like Ustad Karim Shahabuddin (Classical Vocal), Sattyajit Chakrabarty (Sitar), Ebadul Haque Saikat (Sitar), Rinat Fawzia (Sitar), Mahmudul Hasan (Violin) and many other renowned artists in Bangladesh.
Naqib performed a solo recital in Lakshyapar Music Conference, autumn session on November 2014 , 'Srotar Ashor' at Chayanaut on September 2014, in the monthly music festival, March 2013, arranged by Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshti and also performed a jugalbandi with Ahsoke Paul in National Tabla Festival 2008.
At present, he is a tabla teacher at Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan.
Witness the event as it unfolds live on the 16th of January, Friday at Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan, Dhanmondi from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
Tickets are available at the following locations: Fahim Music (All Branches), Gyankosh (Dhanmondi-4), Theater Corner (Baily Road), Surer Mela (Aziz Super Market, Shahbagh). Each ticket costs BDT 150.

Peshkar is a platform for young classical musicians of Dhaka who wants to portray their talent through regular performance. Because a true performer is born after hundreds of live shows and this forum intends to give him the platform towards the proliferation of his talent.
'Taaza Raaga & Rhythm' is the first classical concert organised by Peshkar Cultural Forum.

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