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Singer Shobhon Andaleeb Ahmed Speaks About His Career


Shobhon started learning music when he was just seven years old at Songeet Bhavan in Dhaka.

There, he had the privilege to be trained directly by Kalim Sharafi, one of the renowned authorities in Rabindra Sangeet. Besides, while at Sangeet Bhavan, he was also trained by Rezwana Chowdhury Banna, Sadi Muhammad, Dr Mridul Kanti Chakrabarti and Late Aminur Rahman Nijhu. He topped the list in Rabindra Sangeet class at Sangeet Bhavan. During this time, he was auditioned and selected as a child artist in Bangladesh Betar and performed on Radio.

In 1994, when he moved to London , Shobhon was trained in Rabindra Sangeet by Shyamoli Bose at Bharatiya Vidiya Bhavan . After being trained at the Vidya Bhaban , he continued his training under the guidance of Jayanta Chatterjee, an alumnus of Dakshinee in Kolkata and obtained an affiliation to follow the diploma program at Gitabitan, Kolkata.

In 2003, he stood first in his final diploma examination and obtained Gitabharati title with distinction. It was during this time that he came in touch with Guru Sri Ashish Bhattachariya and was enlightened by his style or gayaki. He followed Sri Bhattachariya’s Rabindrik gharana and emphasized particularly on the presentation of refined and purified Rabindra Sangeet.

During his visit to Dhaka in 2001, he also received training from Late Wahidul Huq, one of the renowned maestros of Tagore’s music and a distinguished personality in Bangladesh. In London, he performed at many prestigious venues including at Rudolph Steiner House, Vidya Bhavan and at Nehru Centre.

In 2002 he was the leading singer at a program organized by The Tagoreans and in 2006 he took part in Tagore’s dance dramas Shapmochon & Shyama. His latest solo recital was in February 2008 at Gyan Manch, Kolkata where he performed a collection of Tagore's songs under the guidance of Guru Ashish Bhattachariya. His performances have been widely appreciated by the lovers of Rabindra Sangeet as reflected by excellent paper reviews that have been published to date in many cultural columns.

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