Kathak Flows Into Bangladeshi Vocalist Lucy Rahman’s Conversation with Nazrul

Meeting Nazrul

Mac Birmingham, Birmingham,  UK

May 25

Performing Arts

Presented by Sampad and The Artta, this one-of-a-kind event will bring to life the work of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the giant of Bengali literature and arts, heralded as Bangladesh’s poet laureate.

Renowned Bangladeshi-born, UK-based vocalist, Lucy Rahman along with the acclaimed Kathak artist Amina Khayyam, imagine a meeting with Nazrul in this performance. Lucy’s vocals will set the atmosphere for the emotionally-laden Kathak movement, bringing to life the contemporary topicality of Nazrul’s songs and writings.

Lucy Rahman is a UK-based singer who was born in Dhaka, 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 composer. She went on to enroll at the Nazrul Academy, where she studied for six years for 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. Since 1998, Rahman has been one of the lead singers of the jazz music group Grand Union Orchestra.

Amina Khayyam was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Amina trained in Kathak in London initially with Alpana Sengupta and later with one of Kathak’s finest exponent, Sushmita Ghosh, under whose tutelage she made her professional debut in 2001 at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. Her performance ranges from Kathak, in which she has received high accolades for her Abhinaya, to multimedia spectacles.