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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in Maryland, recently the arranged a music program at the Amnesty International Human Rights Arts Festival in Silver Spring.
The theme was how music can be a powerful vehicle to unify people in spite of regional, social, economic, lingual and religious differences. Samia Mahbub Ahmad, a classical singer from Bangladesh, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, was one of the featured Artists.
She rendered four songs in Bangla, Hindi and Sanskrit, stressing the diversity of the languages of the region. The composers represent different religions including Islam and Hinduism but convey the message of pluralism.
In an interview with Voice of America’s Bangla Service, Samia Ahmad spoke about her program and why she chose certain songs for the event.