New 'Sitar and World Percussion' recording sample
Dance With The Wind by Alif Laila
Sitar : Alif Laila, Tabla : Debu Nayak, African Udu : Mattias Ructh
Dance With The Wind [work in progress] video on youTube
A memorable performance at the Washington Kali temple, May 2012
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
Maryland Hall for creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
Sep 16, 2012
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'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..."
|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)
Frostburg State University
April 14th, 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
Pealer Recital Hall
Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD
Embassy Series Concert - Washington DC
7:30pm on March 15th
Venue: 3510 International Drive, Washington DC 20008
More info : embassyseries.org
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 - bengalfoundation.org
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 - bhubaneswarmusic.com
||'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'."
–Nirupam Dev Nath
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
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:
Oct 5 '11Broadcast from Wolverhampton FM Radi, courtesy of www.surtarang.co.uk
Oct 2 '11 "Art of Peace" concert, Wash. DC
Jun 25 '11 Amnesty International Fund Raising Event,
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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