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BRM Weekly: Out of the Woods - Alif Laila

  • Jalopy Theater 315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, NY, 11231 United States (map)

Tickets: $15

Doors l 8:00 p.m.
Alif Laila | 8:30 p.m.

*Special announcement for Musicians!* Brooklyn Raga Massive cordially invites you to join us in our ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY AFTER 10 PM to musicians who come with their instrument and are ready to play! Please come out and engage with one of NYC’s most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world!

Alif Laila - sitar
Mir Naqibul Islam - tabla


Join us for a classical sitar performance featuring the artist - Alif Laila. 

ALIF LAILA, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, began her training in sitar under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Ustad Alauddin Khan (Ravi Shankar's guru). She further continued under the tutelage of Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt, and Kushal Das. Over the course of her career, she has performed in prestigious venues including: The Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC, The Purcell Room in South Bank Center, London, The Nehru Center in London, The Bengal Festival in Dhaka, and The India International Centr, New Delhi. Laila's work is diverse and includes recordings with several world-renowned tabla artists, collaborations with South Indian classical and Jazz saxophone, compositions of a Sitar/Cello duet, and music for the Dakshina Dance Company. She has often combined her sitar concerts with her watercolor paintings in the US, UK, and Bangladesh. She is featured in the 'Touring Artists Roster' of the Maryland State Arts Council. She has received the prestigious Individual Artist's Award from MSAC and AHCMC. She received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from ASHA, a women's organization. Alif established her music school, Sitar Niketan, in Bethesda MD. Her DVD 'Hridayaragam', was featured in the 'Women's History Month', Smithsonian, Wash DC. And 'Strings of Resonance' was nominated as the best classical music, in Dhaka. 

MIR NAQIBUL ISLAM is a young classical artist of this generation. Mir is a regular performer in the classical music arena of Dhaka and New York both as a soloist and an accompanist. He is fortunate to have Shri Ashoke Paul as his guru who is a disciple of Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash ghosh. Through the past fifteen years and counting, guidance of Shri Ashoke Paul has enabled Mir to learn the technical and aesthetical aspects of Tabla playing. He also have learnt from Pt Gopal Mishra and Pt Suresh Talwalkar. At present, Mir is taking talim from Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.