Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Alif in India!

Alif is in Kolkata now working on her new DVD "I Am A River". The theme is based on the moods of the river and its relation to the emotion and stages of our life. She portrays each stage with Bernhard Ullrich on saxophone and Tanmoy Bose on tabla with intertwining Indian classical ragas and Western Jazz. The film will be directed by the very creative film maker, Sanjeev Chakravarti of Miami University and Gautam Bose of Kolkata, India. Alif is very excited about K J Singh (A R Rahmans sound engineer) doing the mixing in the audio recording. Through the music she imagines she is a river and tells the story of an artist's life.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Inspirations

 With Anindo Chatterjee and Ravi Shankar
 With Ustad Zakir Hussain
With Ustad Rais Khan

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Upcoming Concert in California

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R.S.V.P. and More Info:  trashid42@yahoo.com

Monday, October 11, 2010

Recent Concerts

Halloway Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD - 30 September 2010
Alif Laila on sitar and Amit Kavthekar on tabla at Halloway Hall, Salisbury University, 9.30.10.

The day began with delays and stumbles on Sept 30th. I was nervous about getting there on time.The weather forecast had already set the mood of intensity ..rain, thunder and gusty winds' were the sounds and rhythm that I had to work with and against while driving down to Salisbury University. The waves in the bay were wild and high. The blinding pouring rain was beating against my energy to go and play a concert that evening. I didn't think I could make it. I didn't think my student Jeff and his friend Ryan could make it as well. I was ready for a total disaster!
Amazingly everything came together that evening against all the odds and we had a great concert with a warm reception from the hosts and receptive audience. All of us kept our positive energy high all through the day that helped create a magical evening of 'music in the storm'! 
                                                                                                            - Alif
Video and Audio recordings of the performance coming soon!

Westminster Church, Washington, D.C. - 2 October 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Concert Tomorrow in Salisbury, MD!

A reminder to all about Alif's concert tomorrow, 30th of September - 7:00pm at Holloway Hall (main auditorium), Salisbury University - 1101 Camden Ave, Salisbury, MD 21801

Press Release from Salisbury University (click to enlarge, link to PR below):


Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

2010 Concerts

30th of September : 7:00pm at Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury MD
Contact this site for more information.
Recently had a charming concert in London, hosted by the prestigious 'Chayanat' (London chapter) on the 28th of August.
Will have video clips of the concert and interview from 'I Channel Europe' coming soon!
Upcoming Concert:

New Review from 'Metro Plus Kochi', Kerala, India

New Photos

With painter Akhilesh Verma, Bhopal, India, 2010

With Pandit Debu Chowdhury, New Delhi, India January 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review of Alif's New Album!


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Songs from the New Album

Clips from Alif's New CD "Romance of Raags and Songs in Bengal"

Raag Khamaj

Raag Jog

Raag Desh

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Album!

Alif's new and exciting CD "Romance of Raags and Songs in Bengal" is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/AlifLaila. Please check it out and enjoy the romantic melodies on sitar!

Be sure to check out Alif's previous work under the "CDs & DVDs Available" section.

Friday, July 9, 2010

RTV Dhaka Bangladesh, VOA Bangla, and More!

Also check out this video interview with Alif on WebIndia123 HERE

As well as two performance clips HERE and HERE

Raag Hammeer

Raag Hement

Raag Hansadwani

Raag Megh

Raag Zila Kafi

Saturday, July 3, 2010

January 2010 Performance Review from Bhopal Newspaper

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sitar Lessons

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Concert Fliers and Art





Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Articles and Interviews




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Friday, June 4, 2010

My Inspirations

A watercolor I painted of my Mother, 'Shahida'.
With my brother, 'Shahid', and my youngest son, 'Shurid'... together, my family, whose constant love is my strength and foundation.
With Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, November 2007.
With Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
With maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in his home in San Raphael. His music and his vibrations in person will always be the most memorable and beautiful experience every time it takes place.

From the DVD "Hridayaragam"

From the DVD "Strings of Resonance"

Raag Bhairavi

Raag Jansam-Mohini