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Oct. 4: Concert of classical Indian music

Alif Laila

FREDERICK, Maryland—Alif Laila, a world-renowned sitar player and interpreter of classical Indian music, will perform at Hood College on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall.

Joining her performance will be tabla player Monir Hossain, who has performed across the U.S., in Canada, and at numerous overseas venues.

Laila has performed in prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center and the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C.; the Purcell Room in South Bank Center and the Nehru Center in London; and the India International Center in New Delhi. She also performed at “Music For Peace” at UNESCO, Paris.

She is featured in the Touring Artists Roster of the Maryland State Arts Council, and she has received two prestigious Individual Artist’s Awards. She was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASHA for Women. Alif established her music school, Sitar Niketan, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Laila began her training in sitar under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Ustad Alauddin Khan (Ravi Shankar’s guru). She further continued under the tutelage of Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt and Kushal Das. Laila has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Dhaka University.

Laila’s upcoming CD, Ekavali (The Connecting Thread) with sitar, world melodies and world percussion, symbolizes the unity of humanity. For more information about Laila, visit

Sponsored by the Hood College Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert, contact Wayne Wold at 301-696-3782 or