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Friday, December 7, 2012
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Ustad Amir Khan Birth Centenary

Classical music soiree at National Museum

A music programme, titled “Shotoborsher Arghaya”, organised by 'Ustad Amir Khan Jonmoshotobarshiki Udjapan Parishad', will be held today at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in Dhaka.

Ustad Amir Khan, a classical musician extraordinaire, was born in 1912. Ustad Amir Khan Jonmoshotobarshiki Udjapan Parishad was formed out of an urge to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of the legendary personality, and to pay tribute to him for his outstanding contribution to Indian classical music. The convener of the committee, renowned music guru Sanjib Dey says, “Listening to Amir Khan and bearing him in our musical journey will help us appreciate the divinity of music and the greatness of the maestro.”

The soiree will feature several renowned classical artistes from both Bangladesh and India, including Asit Dey, a Chhayanaut guru and a noted classical vocalist of Bangladesh; Asim Chowdhury, renowned sitarist of India; Rimpa Siva, a tabla prodigy; and vocalist Mahendra Toke, a torchbearer of Amir Khan's Indore Gharana.

Ustad Amir Khan was born on August 15, 1912 in Maharashtra. In a life-span of over sixty years, he developed a unique style of singing that is now known as the 'Indore Gharana', which blends the spiritual flavour and grandeur of dhrupad with the ornate vividness of khayal. His performance had a soothing elegance and restrained passion that could both move and awe the listeners. Amir Khan also helped popularise the tarana compositions. The ustad passed away on February 13, 1974 in Calcutta, in a tragic car accident.

The soiree will start at 6 pm and is open for all.

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