"Ganer Jharnatalay" : Tagore Songs
Venue: Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton,CA,94566
Start Time: 3:55 PM
Nandita Yasmin’s initiation to the realm of Rabindra Shangeet happened at the tender age of 5 at the hand of Late Moshad Ali. She started taking formal training in Rabindra Shangeet in 1983 at the music school ‘Shangeet Bhaban’ which was led by famous Tagore singer Kalim Sharafi. During her time at ‘Shangeet Bhaban’ she had the rare opportunity to learn from musical luminaries like Sadi Mohammad, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Late Aminur Rahman Nijhu, and Mridul Kanti Chakrabarti. She graduated from Shangeet Bhaban in 1992. Nandita has been enlisted in Bangladesh Television & Bangladesh Radio since 1991.
>In order to further refine & perfect her singing and understanding of Tagore music, Nandita received intensive training from famous Tagore singer Sadi Mohammad, who has a stellar musical background from Shanti Niketan. Nandita has continued her association with Sadi Mohammad until now.
In 1999 she got married and migrated to USA but did not abandon her love of Tagore music and remained immersed in the cultural scene in North America.
In 2006, Nandita moved back to Bangladesh in order to devote herself to the pursuit of musical excellence. Eminent Tagore singer Mita Huq is also providing invaluable guidance and inspiration to her. Nandita is a member of the Musical Organization ‘Rabiraag’, led by her mentor Sadi Mohammad. She has been regularly performing in various public programs.
Nandita won the 7th Citycell Channel i award in 2011 as the best Rabindrashangeet singer by popular choice for her album ‘Abar Jodi Bhashai Bhela’ produced by Bengal Foundation.
Nandita Yasmin is a member of Bangladesh Rabindrashangeet Shilpi Shongstha and Bangladesh Rabindrashageet Shommelan Parishad. She has represented Bangladesh Government at the celebration of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary in Kolkata and Delhi.
Nandita’s debut album ‘Bajabo Shornobeena’ was released in March 2008 to rave reviews. Her 2nd album ‘Abar Jodi Bhashai Bhela’ was released on May 30th 2010 by Bengal Foundation. Her 3rd CD was released in May, 2012 from one of the most prestigious audio companies HMV, Kolkata, India. Nandita’s latest album “Chondobondhone’ which is her 4th album has been released by Bengal Foundation in May, 2014. She performs on Tara Muzik channel in Kolkata and local TV channels in Dhaka.
Nandita holds double Masters in Anthropology (from Jahangirnagar University, Banglasdesh) and Sociology (from George Mason University, USA).
Nandita has moved back to USA in 2014 and has settled down in California with her family. But she continues her career and regularly performs in USA and Bangladesh.
Imtiaz Ahmed was born in a musical family and has been singing from an early age. His music started under the guidance of his father Dr Mafizuddin Ahmed. He learnt classical music from Ustad Mozammel Hossain and Pandit Hari Das Ganguli. He was trained Tagore songs under the tutelage of Wahidul Haque, Sanjida Khatun and Maya Sen.
His albums on Tagore songs have acclaimed appreciation in both Bangladesh and West Bengal. Imtiaz is also well known for rendering the songs of ‘Pancha Kabi’ – the five famous composers of Bengal. He has accomplished a distinguished style and regularly performs in countries around the world. His perfect rendition of Tagore’s songs brings out the complete meaning of each of the songs along with the melody and the perfection of the music that Tagore himself set the songs to. The distinctive tonal quality combined with the effortless control of the tune and perfect pronunciation of each word makes Imtiaz's songs a divine experience for the listeners. Music is his passion and based in London Imtiaz has been involved with teaching music in Satyen Sen School.