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Live Performances - Past Events                                

Performances outside of USA:

February 16, 2017, 7pm, SHAAJHER DHWONI: An Evening of Ragas. An Edward M. Kennedy Center (Dhaka, Bangladesh) presentation:of Hindustani Classical Vocal Music.
Midas Centre Building (9th Floor); House no. 5, Road 16 (Old Road 27), Dhanmondi, Dhaka - 1209, Bangladesh.

February 4, 2017, 6pm, "Swar Lehar" Baithak. A Sumadhur Hansadhwani Trust and Lok Kala Manch Presentation of an evening of Hindustani Classical Vocal Music. Vasuki Auditorium, Lok Kala Manch, 20 Lodi Road, New Delhi, India

April 4, 2015, SHAAJHER DHWONI: An Evening of Ragas. A Hindustani Classical at the EDWARD M. KENNEDY CENTER (Dhaka, Bangladesh) .

March 8, 2014: Solo Performance at the Annual Concert by the Bengali Performing Arts, Glasgow, Scotland. For further details: www.bengaliperformingarts.co.uk

August 5, 2013: A Hindustani Classical lecture-demonstration at the School of Architecture, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

May 11, 2013, 6:30 pm: A Hindustani Classical performance. The Indira Gandhi Cultural Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

August 5, 2006, Omni Performing Studio, Dhaka Bangladesh

A solo Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical performance. http://www.thedailystar.net/2006/08/07/d608071404126.htm

 

Performances in USA:

October 5, 2014 (Sunday), 2:30pm, At the 3rd Annual Washington Performing Arts Fall Arts Fair.

Sponsored by: The Washington Performing Arts (WPAS). This year's theme celebrates the Silk Road route. Please let me know if you are available to perform a 30 min set. See details below.

Venue: THEARC (Town Hall Education and Arts and Recreation Campus). 1900 Mississippi Ave. SE DC

September 21, 2014 (Sunday), 1:30 pm, In conjunction with the Asian Arts & Culture Center's fall exhibition, "Meditation", an exclusive presentation by Samia Mahbub Ahmad on music and meditation.
Venue: Asian Arts & Culture Center; Center for the Arts, Room 2037; Towson University; Towson, MD 21252

www.towson.edu/asianarts/events/

May 31, 2014 (Saturday), 6 pm, A Hindustani Classical recital.

Sponsored by: The Association for India's Development at the Johns Hopkins University

Venue: Glass Pavilion, Johns Hopkins University,

3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, Maryland 

For more details: jhu-aid-concerts

May 24, 2014 (Saturday), 6 pm, 

Celebration of the 115th Birth Anniversary of Rebel Poet of Bengal Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Northern Virginia Community College
Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, Virginia

Nazrul.Jayanti.May24.2014 (flyer)

October 20, 2012 (Saturday), The Embassy of Bangladesh, Washington D.C.: Solo Nazrul Sangeet performance. Event: SAMHATI's, the only Bangladeshi Women's organization in the United States, 25th Anniversary Benefit Dinner. SAMHATI's goal is to raise funds and to support small projects to improve the social and economic conditions of women and children in Bangladesh.

http://www.samhati.org/

October 10, 2012 (Wednesday), 7:30-8:30 pm: A Hindustani Classical Vocal Performance. The Music Room, The Strathmore Mansion.

July 13-15, 2012, Bangamela (A Rahul Group Presentation), Washington DC: A Hindustani Classical Vocal Music Performance.

 

Performances at the Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo Park, MD:

June 2, 2013 (Sunday), 2-3 pm:   A Hindustani Classical performance. The 33rd Annual Washington Folk Festival.

June 2, 2012 (Saturday), 5:30-6:30 pm: A Hindustani Classical Vocal Music Performance. The 32nd Annual Washington Folk Festival.

June 4, 2011 (Saturday), 5:15 - 6:20 pm: The 31st Washington Folk Festival. The festival is produced by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, Montgomery County, Maryland, and WAMU 88.5 FM.

 

February 23, 2013 (Saturday), 4-5 pm, Sprenger Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, ATLAS INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL, Feb 22 - Mar 9, 2013.  intersectionsdc.org

March 4, 2012 (Sunday), 2-3 pm: Lang Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington DC: the INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival, Feb 23 - Mar 11, 2012. intersectionsdc.org                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                              

October  2, 2011 (Sunday), 3-5 pm, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD.

As winner of the MAC Classical Recital Series Competition, 2010-2012.

June 18, 2011 (Saturday), 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore, MD. A Hindustani Classical Music Performance. At the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival celebrating the Maryland Traditions' 10th Anniversary. This annual festival is produced by the Maryland Sate Arts Council (www.msac.org). For further details please visit: www.marylandtraditions.org/festival

February 12, 2011 (Saturday), Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg, MD

Performance sponsored by Sanksriti Organization to celebrate Saraswati Puja. Samia will perform as part of a live ensemble for a classical dance performance by Radha Dutta.

November 13, 2010 (Saturday), Laurel MD

Solo Classical recital at a Fundraiser Gala Night sponsored by the Dhaka University Graduates Alumni (DC-MD-VA).

July 1, 2010, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC

Solo performance at the "Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties" program.

June 10, 2010 (Thursday), 7pm, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Performance at the Maryland Traditions Master/Apprentice Showcase.

April 24, 2010 (Saturday), 12 noon to 3:00 pm, McGinty's Public House, Silver Spring, MD

Performance sponsored by the Montgomery Traditions program of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). This program is part of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival.

September 21 (International Day of Peace) 2009, Convocation Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia,

Solo performance of selected favorite spiritual compositions of Mahatma Gandhi. Event: Mahatma Gandhi Global Non-Violence Award Ceremony for Nobel laureate President Jimmy Carter and  Mrs. Rosalynn Carter. http://www.jmu.edu/gandhicenter/

October 2, 2008, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Solo performance of bhajans and Nazrul Sangeets. Event: Gandhi Statue Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony by the President of JMU and Indian Ambassador to the USA. The statue was a gift from the Government of India to the James Madison University on the International Day of Nonviolence and the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

September 21, 2007, Convocation Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia,

Solo performance of selected favorite spiritual compositions of Mahatma Gandhi.Event: Mahatma Gandhi Global Non-Violence Award Ceremony for Arch Bishop, Rev. Desmond Tutu, recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize on the International Day of Peace.

October 3, 2009, Potomac Community Center, Potomac, Maryland

Solo Nazrul Sangeet performance. Event: SAMHATI's, the only Bangladeshi Women's organization in the United States, 25th Anniversary Benefit Dinner. SAMHATI's goal is to raise funds and to support small projects to improve the social and economic conditions of women and children in Bangladesh.

http://www.samhati.org/

September 26, 2009, Magical Montgomery Festival, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Solo Nazrul Sangeet and Devotional music performance. Event: Performances by Artists and Scholars selected on the Artists and Scholars Roster for Community Programs of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). Samia is an AHCMC selected artist/scholar.

http://www.creativemoco.com/

May 25, 2008, Universities of Shady Grove, Rockville, Maryland

Solo Nazrul Sangeet performance. Event: The 11th North America Nazrul Conference, organized by the Bangladesh Association of America, Inc. (BAAI), Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

http://www.baaidc.com/

February 23, 2008, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Solo Hindustani (North Indian) Classical Vocal Music performance as guest-of-honor. Event: A Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) Music and Dance Performance organized by The University of Virginia Hindu Student Council for the East West Foundation of India - a charitable and educational foundation for health care, child welfare, and child education.

December 8, 2009, Silver Spring, Maryland

A joint presentation of Hindustani Classical music with Carrie Trybulec, Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center. Event: Presentation for the residents of Sunrise Senior Living Residence at Bedford Court in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Performances at the Gandhi Memorial Center, Bethesda, Maryland:

October 2, 2012 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: Celebration of the 143rd Gandhi Jayanti ( Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi).

February 18, 2008: Solo Hindustani Indian Classical Vocal Performance Event: Performance for the Women's Committee of the Washington DC Performing Arts Society.

www.gandhimc.org

November 8, 2007: Solo Semi-Classical and Folk music performance titled "Interpretation of the Visual Art through Music". Event: The program - "Landscapes of Bengal" - featured the artwork by Nasima Khan for the members of the National Society of Arts and Letters. The songs reflected the landscapes depicted in the artwork.

http://www.nsal-dc.org/

April 28, 2007: Solo Hindustani Classical vocal performance.
http://www.gandhimc.org/FCevents/4-28-07Samia_Mahbub_Ahmad-Vocal.pdf

March 22, 2007: A solo performance of Devotional music (bhajans). Event: Performance during a special presentation on "The Islam/West Divide and India's Role: Hints from the Mahatma" by Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

http://www.gandhimc.org/FCevents/Islam West_Divide_and_India_s_Role__Hints_from_the_Mahatma_-_talk_by_Rajmohan_Gandhi.pdf

URL for this article: http://www.rediff.com///news/2007/may/03gandhi.htm

 

November 16, 2007, University of Maryland, College Park

Solo Semi-Classical and Folk music performance underlying the theme of "Spirit of Unity Underlying Cultural, Ethnic, Religious and Lingual Diversity in South Asia". Event: A two-day conference, "India and the US: Common Challenges and Opportunities," organized by the Office of International Programs India Working Group and co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resource, the Center for International Business and Research (CIBER), and the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

http://www.international.umd.edu/oip/4690

November 12 2007, Lang Theater, The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington DC

Recording: Female Vocalist as part of the music ensemble for Dance Performer and Choreographer Tehreema Mitha. http://www.tmdancecompany.org/performances.htm

April 22, 2007, Fourteenth Annual Sangeet Prabhat, West Friendship, Maryland 

One of three solo performances. Event: This Hindustani classical music concert series presents morning ragas (compositions celebrating the daytime hours) by musicians living in the USA and Canada.

November 4, 2006, Kahlar Organization, Potomac Falls, Virginia

Solo presentation of Classical and Nazrul compositions. Event: Celebrating eminent poets and composers of Bengal - Kazi Nazrul Islam, Rabindranath Tagore, Atulprasad, and Rajanikanta Sen. The mission of this presentation was to explore the influence of the Indian Classical music in each of the genres.

October 17, 2006, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

A solo Hindustani Classical vocal presentation. Event: A concert held in recognition of "India Day and UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty".

http://www.ifc.org/gbi

June 09 2006, A Television Interview by the Voice of America, Bangla Service, Washington DC.

The program featured Samia's music and interview around the theme of how an expatriate Bangladeshi musician is balancing her cultural roots with the challenges of being a global citizen through the medium of music. The interview was broadcasted globally to subscribers of the TV channel NTV.

http://www.voanews.com/bangla/WashingtonBarta_archive_June_06.cfm

April 15 2006, Lutherville, Maryland

A solo Hindustani Classical, Semi-Classical, Modern and Folk music performance in a variety showcase to celebrate the Bangla New Year by invitation for a private recital sponsored by the Khan family.

December 3, 2005, Potomac Falls, Virginia

Samia was one of the two solo performers in a recital titled "Music for the Soul" for a private recital sponsored by Karuna and Husain Choudhury.

May 4, 2004, New Delhi India

A solo Bangla music performance to celebrate the Bangla New Year by invitation for a private recital sponsored by Inji Islam and Salman Zaheer.

September, 2004, Bangladesh High Comission, New Delhi India

A solo Bangla music performance to celebrate the diversity of the creative work of the Rebel Poet of Bengal Kazi Nazrul Islam. Event: The Residence of the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, His Excellency Hemayetuddin Ahmed and Begum Zeenat Jahan for high level political officials and government officials of Government of India and other embassies.

February 1998, Bangladesh High Commission, Pretoria, South Africa

A Solo Hindustani Classical, Semi-Classical, Modern and Folk music performance. Event: The Residence of the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Tariq Karim and Mrs. Naghma Karim for high level political officials and government members of Government of South Africa and other embassies.

September, 1997, Indian Consulate Office, Johannesburg, South Africa

One of three solo performers. Event: An afternoon concert presenting both Hindustani Classical Vocal and Instrumental music.

AWARDS and RELATED EVENTS

June 2011-12; 2012-13. Contracted with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) & Class Acts Arts sponsored Arts-in-Education (grades K-12) Touring Program for Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

December 4, 2010. Dhaka University Graduates Alumni Inc. (Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC), Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in the academia and the arts.

July 22, 2010. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, Maryland

Winner of the Classical Recital Competition,

Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, Maryland

July, 2009, Recipient of the FY 2010 Maryland Traditions Folk Arts and Culture Master-Apprentice Award of the Maryland State Arts Council.

March 20 - 21, 2013. Served as Grant panelist of the Maryland State Arts Council's Folk/Traditional Arts Grants Applications for Organizations for FY 2014. (Past years: 2010, 2011, 2012)

 

January, 2009, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Silver Spring, Maryland

Selected to be listed on the Artists and Scholars Roster of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland.

November 17-25 2001, Lal Qilla (Red Fort) Grounds, Delhi. India

Distinguished Service Award:
1st position in Hindustani Classical Vocal category (senior most). Event: MTNL Perfect Health Fair 2001 organized by the Heart Care Foundation of India.

November, 1995, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1st position, Hindustani Classical vocal category (senior most).

3rd position, Nazrul Sangeet category Event: Annual Indian Music & Dance Competition presented by The Academy of Indian Music & UMBC. (This annual event has been taking place in the past for more than 20 years)

November, 1993, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1st position, Hindustani Classical vocal category (senior most). Event: Annual Indian Music & Dance Competition presented by The Academy of Indian Music & UMBC

Photo credit: Shekhar Shah
*Photographs Courtesy of Avinash Pasricha
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