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Coming soon: Alif's new CD "Chakra" (cycle of energy)


Television Interview :
Maasranga Television , Dhaka , Bangladesh

Raag Kedar (clip) from Alif Laila's CD 'Amma' :

New CD: "Amma"

Dear friends,
So excited and happy to express the love and admiration for my mother and
the same extended to all mothers for their selfless love and sacrifice with
the release of "Amma"!
Where words fail, music speaks.

Recent Concerts

August 23rd
Glasgow, UK concert hosted by BPA on
Eastwood Park Theater
Glen Wood Giffnock Glen g-46 6UG

August 30th
"I Am A River" goes to Germany!
at 8pm (check events -program)

Dhaka, Bangladesh

November '14:

Dakshina Fall Festival at the Shakespeare Theater, Wash DC
Friday Nov. 7th

Mid Atlantic Music conference in Lacasteter PA
(Date to be announced)

December '14:

ItC SRA Sangeet Sammelan '14, Kolkata , India
December 6th.

Navarang concert
Varanasi, India
(Date to be announced)

Jan 8th, 2015
Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka Bangladesh

Tabla: Anubrata Chatterjee

Recent News & Events

New 'Sitar and World Percussion' recording sample

Dance With The Wind by Alif Laila
Sitar : Alif Laila, Tabla : Debu Nayak, African Udu : Mattias Ructh


Tribute to Asad Hussain 1959 - 2013 ~ Raag Durga

Raag JanasamMohini - Sangati Center, SanFrancisco, February '13

Raag Shivaranjani dhun, live in Bangladesh TV, w/ Sudhir Ghorai ~ tabla

Dance With The Wind [work in progress] video on youTube

A memorable performance at the Washington Kali temple, May 2012

alif laila Video:
Live recording of a unique sitar concert
hosted by Milapfest at the Capstone Theater, Liverpool ,UK.
Nov. 26, 2012

"Jor Alap in sitar and water color paintings of Raga Multani by Alif Laila "

view on youTube

alif laila Video:
Maryland Hall for creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
Sep 16, 2012

"Raag Hameer"
from a sitar concert hosted by World Artists Experiences, with Anubrata Chatterjee on tabla

" This Hameer composition is based on a classical Bengali Nazrul Geeti "Ajo Kade Kanone" describing the passion of love in nature. "

view on youTube

alif laila 'Alif Laila's expressive ragas'
article from The Daily Star
Published: December 21, 2012

"The elegant Alif Laila, nicknamed Kumkum, in a maroon Jamdani took the stage with her sitar on the last day of the Bengal ITC-SRA Classical Music Festival in Dhaka. She has been instrumental in initiating the festival. She has plans to perform soon at the prestigious Purcell Room, South Bank Center, London where she will be presenting her music -- her expressions of the ragas -- with her watercolour paintings. Alif Laila is one of the very few, internationally performing, sitar artistes of Bangladesh today..."

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(recent concerts)

June 19th
Radio program/concert : The 24 hrs WKCR , New York, Festival of Indian classical music.


Artscape, Baltimore MD

August 8th
Embassy of India Washington DC

Jan, 2014

Kolkata, India ( info to follow)

Nov 5th
Holy Cross College, Worcester MA
Sitar and Jazz piano lecture/concert

Nov 2nd
HOPE Foundation for women and children of Bangladesh
7:00 - 10:00pm
Audi of Hunt Valley, 9800 York Rd, Cockeysville MD 21030
The concert is free. RSVP, ph#443 375 8951

Oct. 2: Gandhi Memorial Center performance for Gandhi Jayanti, Bethesda, MD

Oct. 10:
Lecture & Concert, International Baccalaureate program,
Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville MD

Oct. 16: Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater
celebrating the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

Dakshina 10th Fall Festival -
September 21, 2013

WAE (World Artists Experiences) Concert

Frostburg State University
April 14th, 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
Pealer Recital Hall 101
Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD

Embassy Series Concert
- Washington DC
7:30pm on March 15th
Venue: 3510 International Drive, Washington DC 20008
More info :

Taalsadhana celebrates Saraswati Puja
- Prispanny, NJ
4 pm on February 16th
Venue: Sunatan Mandir
16 Jean Terrace, Prispanny, NJ 07054

Sangati Center concert
- Berkeley CA
8 pm on February 22nd
Venue: Subterranean Arthouse
2179 Bancroft Way

Swara Dhwani/IndTVUSA concert
Feb 23rd, Milpitas, CA

Capstone Theater, Liverpool, UK
- Nov 24th 2012
hosted by Milapfest - more info

Purcell Room, South Bank, London, UK - Nov 29th 2012
hosted by Milapfest - more info

Bengal -ITC SRA Classical Music Festival in Dhaka , Bangladesh - Dec. 2nd '12
"A Tribute to Ustad Allauddin Khan"
Venue: Army Stadium, Airport Road, Dhaka -

Radius Center at 'Red Shift', Dhaka Bangladesh - Dec. 18th '12
57 Gulshan Avenue

The Bhavanipur Sangeet Sammelan Kolkata , India - Dec. 23rd '12

Bhubaneshwar, Orrissa, India - Dec. 29th '12
Hosted by Bhubaneswar Music Circle -

alif liala 'Strings Attached' Article in The Hindu
Published: June 14

Alif Laila, trained in Dhaka under the late Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary Ustad Allauddin Khan, combines her love for the sitar with a passion for painting. Based in the U.S. since 1988, she has also trained under the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and is currently under the guidance of Kushal Das. To Alif the gender imbalance is due mainly "to South Asian cultural and social setbacks where it was considered inappropriate for a woman from a respectable background to perform in public. The young female was trained in singing and dancing only to be able to do so until her marriage." She feels, "classical instruments were considered 'only for men'."

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event info April 7th - the Embassy of Bangladesh, Wash. DC   Alif Laila & Ambassador Akramul Qader April7th Alif Laila & Ambassador Akramul Qader:
Video of "I Am a River" Inauguration Event now available on youTube

"The program was indeed a great success. The audience was spell-bound the whole time."
  –Nirupam Dev Nath
First Secretary
Embassy of Bangladesh

(new video) Raag Patdeep, live at the Dakshina Concert, Washington D.C. - October 2011

April 7th -
"I Am a River" Inauguration Event

Tribute to Shahid, my brother (1944-2008) with Raag Patdeep, San Francisco, Oct. 2008:
This music was played in memory of my brother Shahid, on the first year that we lost him.
Javad Bhuta is on tabla. The recording was done without any electronic amplification.

February 4th - One Circle Center, Silver Spring MD, Raag Kedar, Alaap/Jor
February 4th - One Circle Center, Silver Spring MD, Raag Bhairavi
December 14th - SurTarang101.8WCRfm - Wolverhampton City Radio,UK

New Video: "Art of Peace"

I Am A River (Part 1) The Beginning, Innocence, Romance
I Am A River (Part 2) Conflict, Compromise, Freedom

Kirwani Jhala: Salisbury concert, Sept. '10

Dhun in Raag Bhairav-Teental: RTV Dhaka, Bangladesh, March'10

Romance Of Raags And Songs In Bengal: Raag Khamaj , Raag Jog , Raag Des

"Strings of Resonance
An enchanting sitar video where Alif Laila and Anubrata Chatterjee play beautiful melodies,  bringing forth  the resonance of the past. The  footage comprising the rich heritage of India intertwines with the ragas making the past live in the present through their music.
Raag Jansam-mohini & Bhairavi

'Ragas of the Heart' - recorded in the exotic settings of Krerala, South India.
Raag Hameer - Hridayaragam DVD Clip
"HRIDAYARAGAM" DVD 'Ragas of the Heart' - a video excerpt
Open Raag Hangswadhani, Gat in Rupak Tal, Jan 2007

Other audio from "Strings of Resonance"
Raga JansamMohini, Malkauns Aalap , & Drut, Jhala

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Previous Events

Oct. 13 '12 University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL view flier
Sep 29 '12 Mary Harkness Auditorium, New Haven, CT
Oct 7 '12, 'Art of Peace' Westminster Presbytarian Church, DCview flier
Sep 16 '12 Maryland Hall for creative Arts, Annapolis, MD view flier
Sep 13 '12 Holy Cross, Worcester, Ma
May 19 '12 Washington Kali Temple, Burtonsville, MD
Apr 26 '12 Newton White Mansion, Mitchelleville, MD
Apr 7 '12 The Embassy of Bangladesh, Wash. DC
Feb 4 '12 Alif Laila & Stream Ohrstrom, at OneCircle, Silver Spring, MD Open Flier
London, India, Bangladesh Tour 2011:
Desh TV London Interview
The Independent Interview Internet newpaper from Dhaka, Bangladesh
December 10th - IIC (India International Center), New Delhi
November 30th - Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, India
November 26th - Omni Music, Genetic Plaza, Dhanmandi, Dhaka
November 7th - Interview Program on Desh Television, London
November 5th - Concert at the Bangladesh Center, London
Oct 5 '11Broadcast from Wolverhampton FM Radi, courtesy of
Oct 2 '11 "Art of Peace" concert, Wash. DC
Jun 25 '11 Amnesty International Fund Raising Event, Purcellville, VA
May 22 '11 Westminster Parish, Wash. DC ( VOA coverage of Dakshina concert )
Apr 5 '11 Hood College, Fredrick, MD
Feb 5 '11 Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD
Jan 30 '11 Washington Music Conseravtory, Glen Echo, MD
Dec 16 '10 Recording of "I Am A River" Kolkata, India
Nov 14 '10 San Ramon, California
Oct 2 '10 Dakshina concert, Wash. DC
Sept 30 '10 Salisbury, MD

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