Friday, June 14, 2024

Catching up with the cousins

Singer Alif Alauddin, Ali Pushpita Mouri and Marzia Faruk Nawrin are cousins. Hailing from a well-known music oriented family, the three cousins literary grew up with music. On 22 July, the three cousins made a joint appearance on ETV’s late night music show Phone O Live. According to the singer Alif, they wish to bring out an album together. To-day we bring our readers in conversation with the three cousins.
“I grew up in a music oriented family. My maternal uncles Sumon and Emon who were members of music band Chime used to practise at my grandfather’s house. I used to listen to their rendered songs during practice sessions. I picked up the number Nati khati bela gelo from their practice and started to sing it. One day my mother noticed me singing the song; she and Emon uncle took initiatives to record the song. I went to the Elvis Recording Studio to record the song. At the studio, we met Hanif Sanket who is a friend of my father. He gave me a chance to sing the song at his TV show Kathar Katha. As I performed the song on TV, everyone took notice of me. It had certainly been a good performance and people used to call me Nati khati,” said Nawrin.
“I started to learn classical music from the age of seven. My first mentor was Anil Kumar Saha. After that there was no looking back for me. I started to take part in different programmes in country and abroad and also started to release albums as a child artiste,” she added.
“As a child artiste, I released five solo albums and eight mixed albums,” said Nawrin.
“I went to the US in 2005 for higher studies. In the same year my album Epaarey Shurjo Opashey Ostachal was released. The album contained 14 songs. The music in the album has been done by Fuad Al Muktadir, Ayub Bachchu and Prince Mahmud. My uncle Swakat Ali Emon did the music composition for the album. The album was released under the banner of Soundtek. However, the album was not marketed properly,” she added.
On the Valentines Day the third solo album Kolponatey singer was released. Currently, singer Alif is working on the music videos of the album. “So far, I have released two music videos featuring two songs from the album. The songs are Janalaye and Jodi Tumi. Before Eid I am optimistic about releasing another music video featuring a song from the album Dating,” said Alif
“Currently, I am doing live shows and stage shows. After Eid I hope to work on a number of mixed albums,” informed Alif
Speaking about Nawrin, Alif said, “My cousin Nawrin has been doing shows since 1988. As a girl, I was a bit shy and I used to attend dance classes regularly but in the end as my family is more music oriented I switched to music completely. Nawrin’s mother Chitra Sultana had a music school. I attended a few workshops which helped me become panic-free on stage. Later, when I came to perform on television it was mush easier for me to make a place for myself,” said Alif.
Ali Pushpita Mouri is the daughter of Rehana Sultana. “My mother Rehana Sultana is an instrumental artiste. She plays hawaiian guitar. My first music teacher is my mother. Currently, I am learning music under Zakaria Masud,” said Puspita.
“My father Professor Matlub Ali, who is currently the Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, is also my teacher,” she added.
“My first album Chhoto Chhoto Asha was released in 2008. The music composition in the album was done by Swakat Ali Emon. I received Citycell Channel i Music Award in the category of debut artiste for the album,” she informed.
“In 2009 my second album was released from Fahim Music. It was an album on Hamd Na’at. My third album was released in 2010, which was tuned by my father. He also wrote all the songs in the album,” Puspita concluded.

-With Daily Sun input

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