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Marina Alam will be performing sufi songs and will be performing with guitarist Dhiren Raichurato create a Sufi-Jazz collaboration.
Marina Ahmad Alam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In Bangladesh she studied under the tutelage of Ustad Phul Mohammed Khan and Shri Barin Majumdar. She continued her training at Dhaka Music College and then studied at Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya in New Delhi, India. Marina is a senior disciple of Padmabhushan Pandit Jasraj-ji, receiving training in the Mewati Gharana for over two decades. She regularly accompanies Pandit Jasraj-ji, performing alongside him worldwide. Marina is currently also training under the guidance of Ms. Manik Bhide in the Jaipur Gharana. Marina has a wide repertoire and also performs thumris, ghazals, bhajans, and sacred music, mostly of the Sufi tradition. She has recently been experimenting with more contemporary styles such as jazz-fusion, which uniquely combines the depth of the Indian classical style with the free-flowing motion of jazz.
Dhiren Raichura is a Guitarist, Multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer, Engineer, Arranger, and Studio Owner. Dhiren has played with many of the great names in the Indian and Pakistani music Industry, including the world renowned Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Dhiren worked as a session musician for the BBC in the pioneering Indian cultural program Nayi Zindagi Naya Jeevan in the early 1980’s and has composed music for numerous television productions. Amongst these TV programmes a few stand out: Into Music for BBC 2, Chalte Chalte for Granada Television, Panchayat for Zee TV, and scoring the documentary film Badalte Rishte for Healthwise Productions which went to receive an award. He also recorded the legendary classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar at the Studio Beats. Enjoying the busy life of the ‘live’ musician, Dhiren also has produced 2 solo albums of devotional songs entitled Shukriyada and Tera Naam Ek Sahaara in which he is the vocal artist. Dhiren has composed and performed for Geri Halewell in the album Schizophonic and the Mercury Award winning Talvin Singh’s OK. He is adept at both North and South Indian music and many western forms, such as jazz and funk.
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