A collaborative music, vocal and movement performance bringing to life the work of the great Bengali poet laureate, Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Presented by Sampad and The Artta.
Renowned Bangladeshi-born, UK-based vocalist, Lucy Rahman collaborates with the acclaimed Kathak artist, Amina Khayyam to imagine a meeting with Kazi Nazrul Islam, the giant of Bengali literature and arts heralded as Bangladesh’s poet laureate, who from 1949 to his death in 1976 never spoke a word due to a rare illness.
Lucy’s haunting vocals set the atmosphere for the emotionally-laden Kathak movement, bringing to life the contemporary topicality of Nazrul’s songs and writings.
Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), popularly known as Nazrul, was a poet, writer, musician and revolutionary. He is known to have written and composed music for around 4000 songs, (now called Nazrul Sangeet) and pioneered a new form of ghazals, exploring, love, freedom, equality, social justice, opposing fascism and religious bigotry.
About the artists
Lucy Rahman is a UK-based singer who was born in Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) into a family of famous musicians, artists and poets. From the age of six, she was trained in Indian Classical and semi-classical music by her father, Lutfor Rahman, who was a classical singer and a successful composer. She went on to enrol at the Nazrul Academy, where she studied for six years and gained her diploma. She moved to England in 1983 and has since performed on numerous stage, television and radio shows in the UK, Bangladesh and throughout Europe. She is one the lead singers of the Grand Union Orchestra, a leading exponent and pioneer of cross-cultural music-making in the UK for over 30 years.
Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Amina trained in Kathak in the UK initially with Alpana Sengupta and later with one of Kathak’s finest exponent, Sushmita Ghosh, under whose guidance she made her professional debut in 2001 at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. Her performance ranges from classical Kathak in which she has received high accolades for her Abhinaya, to multimedia spectacles such as Akademi/South Bank’s Escapade.
She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with companies including Sonia Sabri Compnay and has worked with leading dance choreographers including Nahid Siddiqui, Kumudini Lakhia, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Filip Van Huffel and Jonathan Lunn.
Image courtesy of The Artta.