Featured program : August 20, 2017
Sitar Concert & Masterclass at The john F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Millennium Stage , sponsored by APCA (Advancement and Promotion of Charitable Activities)
Alif Laila was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh; where she began the formal study of sitar under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Ustad Allaudin Khan. She further continued under the tutelage of Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt and Kushal Das. Also an accomplished painter, Laila has a BA degree from the College of Fine arts in Dhaka. She has toured worldwide and performed at numerous prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Bangladesh National Museum, The Sangeet Research Academy the Purcel, Room, etc. She also recorded and performed with world renowned tabla artists such as Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Ustad Tari Khan. Her DVDs, 'Hrydayaragam' was featured in the Women's History Month at the Smithsonian in 2008 and 'Strings of Resonance' was nominated for the Best Classical Music Award in Bangladesh in 2010. She has collaborated with South Indian classical, Jazz saxophone and world percussion. She has composed music for Cello and dance. Her music ventures beyond the realm of the traditional Indian classical. Her audio visual sitar concert with her water color paintings has been presented in major venues the USA, the UK and Bangladesh. In February 2015, she founded the 'Sitar Niketan', her music school.