Alif Laila

The Meditative Voice of the Sitar


~ International Artist ~

Alif Laila

~Stream Ohrstrom on Percussion~


                                                                                                        ~Photo by Ryan Smith

"Laila weaves intricate variations in music like a delicately patterned tapestry. Her music is rich, her strokes fluent and there is opulence in her presentation. ~ Mustafa Monwar



Alif's concerts begin with the traditional unfolding of a full Raga with solo sitar: a slow, non-rhythmic Alaap, the melodic, rhythmic Jor alaap and the very fast finale - Jor Jhala. The concert will conclude with an experimental presentation of Dhuns (melodies based on folk tunes/songs) during which the soloist will be joined by Stream Ohrstrom on percussion. One of the Dhuns is inspired by the music of the Himalayan mountains and another is based on a poem by Bengal’s great poet, Tagore.  



Alif Laila was trained in Indian Classical music through sitar in Dhaka, Bangladesh by the late Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of legendary maestro, Ustad Allauddin Khan. After moving to the U.S. in 1988, Alif Laila has performed internationally including concerts at The Smithsonian in Washington D.C., Rubin Museum in New York, The Detroit Museum of Arts, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Kerala Arts Society, Kerala, South India, the National Museum of Bangladesh as well as in Europe. She taught sitar in the University of Maryland and teaches privately. Alif has released six CDs and two DVDs on classical sitar. Alif is also an award-winning watercolor artist.


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