On the invitation of the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Government of India, noted Ghazal singer of Bangladesh Aloke Kumar Sen, accompanied by four musicians will visit Dimapur, Nagaland in India from January 14-18, to participate in the "Maati Ke Rang Festival" being organised by NEZCC, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Aloke Kumar Sen is a versatile classical vocalist and ghazal singer. He was born in Narail in 1984, and was baptised in music by his parents - Bhim Sen and Shantana Sen - both renowned Jatra artistes. Sen's formal learning started at "Murchhana Sangeet Niketan", Rupganj, Narail. Later, he learnt classical and semi classical music under Badal Kumar Pramanik for seven years (2000-2007) and also under noted classical vocalist Anil Kumar Saha. He has also trained under legendary Indian classical vocal maestro Ustad Rashid Khan and Pandit Tushar Dutta, a senior ITC-SRA scholar. Sen has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Shanto Mariam University of Creative Technology, Dhaka, securing first class first position in both the examinations.
Sen generally loves to perform Khayal and Ghazals. He has so far performed in classical music festivals and conferences organised by "Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi", Dhaka; "Lakshyapaar," Narayanganj; "Bangladesh Uchchanga Sangeet Shilpi Parishad", Chhayanaut; 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda at Ramkrishna Mission, Dhaka and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. He has performed in all major Bangladeshi cities including Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.
Sen has been enlisted in both classical music and Nazrul Sangeet in Bangladesh Betar (in 2008) and in BTV (in 2012). He also regularly performs classical music, ghazals and modern songs in all the private satellite TV channels.
Sen will be accompanied by four musicians from Bangladesh - Sakil Mohammad Sabir Uddin (Guitar), Ruptanu Das Sharma (Keyboard), Sajal Kumar Saha (Octopad) and Biplab Kanti Sharma (Tabla).