Swani Zubayeer plunges into raga-based songs
Musical soiree held at Shilpakala Academy
National Film Award-winning singer-composer Swani Zubayeer in his solo show captivated the audience presenting raga-based songs on January 6 at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Zubayeer presented his self-composed songs based on different ragas and also covered a few famous thumris, an Indian classical raga style featuring grief of a lonely soul, rendered by maestros like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Barkat Ali Khan and others. The singer commenced the show covering Ustad Barkat Ali Khan's famous thumri Baghon Mein Padey Jhooley.
Zubayeer earned his Master Degree in Western Classical Composition from the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and also received training in Indian Classical Music from Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan and Ustad Jawad Ali Khan.
Swani Zubayeer one of the very few truly music educated composers of Bangladesh, he earned his Masters Degree in Western Classical Composition from the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. He received training in Indian Classical Music from Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan and Ustad Jawad Ali Khan, famous grandsons of the Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of Kasur Patiala Gharana. His talents in Bangla songs compositions have been expressed in the two albums he produced.
Swani Zubayeer was born December 2, 1973 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was fortunate enough to spend most of his childhood at his grandfather's house - who was an eminent poet of the country: poet Mainuddin. The poet's house was full of music and literature which made a deep impression in the young Zubayeer's mind. Thus he had a strong leaning and an innate understanding of artistic writing and literature... Swani's mother also was a writer and father had studied Bengali Literature. His first musical guru is Shree Gobido Ravi Das with whom he started to the basics of Indian Classical Vocal Music at the age of 17.