Vol. 4 Num 224 Sun. January 11, 2004  

Swani Zubayeer and his melodies

According to this young musician, 'composer' is too powerful a word to describe himself. However, the recent ghazal night held at the National Museum proved otherwise for Swani Zubayeer.

This visionary young musician enthralled the Dhaka crowd with his mesmerising voice and heart-warming expressions. Besides performing a few popular ghazals of this time and also the years gone by, Zubayeer rendered several of his own ghazal compositions as well. One of them included a number called Aaj amaar mon bhalo nei. Through this composition, Zubayeer drew a clear sketch of the time when he had lived on the island in Sweden, attended music classes and sometimes peered at the grand piano. His heart would go out to the Baltic Sea and the blue sky when he would look out of the window, and long to be back with his loved ones.

Another ghazal number titled Ridoy spoke of the usual innocent fantasies of the heart, giving them a soothing touch.

In the middle of the show, his paternal aunt Kausar Habib who had come all the way from London, rendered a few of her own favourite numbers and drifted the mind of the audience for a while.

Both Zubayeer and his aunt Kausar seemed to be ardent fans of the eminent singer Kumar Biswajeet, who was present at the show, and spoke of his contribution to the Bangladeshi music, giving the country an international mark.

Born in 1973, Swani Zubayeer received his M.A degree in English literature from Dhaka University, after which he went on to Sweden to study music and was the student of Gotlands School of Music Composition. His first album 'Saara'- a collection of Bangla modern songs was released from Betar Jagath in 1998, followed by 'Apana Khayal'- a collection of ghazals released from Bombay in January from Sun Audio and 'Nirjon Shakkhor'- an album of Bangla modern songs released from World Music, Bangladesh in 2003. In the same year, Zubayeer was commissioned by Sundsval Symphony Orchestra for an orchestral work, titled The Golden Land which premiered on January 26. Based on the six seasons of Bangladesh and their varied aspects, Zubayeer composed this symphony where the blending of the east and the west was evident. A video of the symphony was also shown on the projector for the audience to enjoy.

Swani Zubayeer wants to come up with more compositions in future filled with more passion, expression and creativity. He quotes from Xenakis, 'We all have to try, because only after that there is always a difference.'

Swani Zubayeer