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Program focus:

1. Hindustani Classical                       

2. Nazrul Sangeet, Devotional, Folk

3. A Combination of #s 1 and 2

4. World Music/New Age

Program formats:

1. Live concerts: 1 - 2 hours duration.

Audience experience - Experience an ancient musical art form and meditation linked to Hindustani vocal music.

Optimal group size - Whether open-to-public or by-invitation, the organizer decides on the size of the group.

2. Lecture-demonstrations - 1 -2 hours duration.

Audience experience -- Provides opportunities for audience participation and hands-on lessons. Participants learn about the building blocks, the history, the evolution and the contemporary form of this music. Develops listener appreciation and interest in career development of Hindustani music.

Optimal group size - 20-50 participants.

3. Workshops - Duration - Half-Day: 2-3 hours; Full-Day: 4-5 hours; Series: 2-5 days.

Audience experience: Same as "lecture-demonstrations" (see above)

Optimal group size - Ideally 20-50 participants for all types of workshops.

4. World Music/New Age - 1 - 2 hours duration.

Audience experience - The audience learns about the linkages between Hindustani classical and other traditional music such as African and Native American, and how the combination of Hindustani classical, African and Native American music is adapted to synchronize with contemporary Western music.

Optimal group size - The same as "concerts".

The ensemble:

1. Samia is the solo presenter for concerts and lecture-demonstrations. Workshops are interactive and participatory.

2. Accompanied by tabla (percussion), tanpura (string) and harmonium (keyboard) artists.

Appropriate Audience

Samia is privileged to present for a wide range of audience. Although the languages she sings in are Bangla, Hindi, Sanksrit, and other South Asian dialects, she always provides English interpretations of her presentations for her audiences who vary in age, cultural background and geographic locations. Samia's travel experiences have enhanced the opportunities to present for audiences of many age-groups in Bangladesh, India, South Africa, UK and the US. She presents for:

1. Young children and adolescents - Elementary, Middle and High School age-group individuals.

2. Adults - in Universities and corporate settings;

3. Adults -- individuals, groups or organizations involved in creating awareness and/or fund-raising for worthy causes;

4. Adults -- individuals, groups or organizations involved in creating awareness of the historical evolution of the rich multi-cultural nature of classical, traditional and folk arts currently existing in the US.

5. Audiences representing different faiths, languages, and cultures existing in the US who are interested to learn about the South Asian music and culture.

6. Senior citizens.

7. Audiences who seek to experience music as a therapy. The Indian Classical music is deeply entrenched in the ancient philosophy of the connectivity to the divine power through pure sounds. This is yet another form of meditation which assists in decreasing stress and experience inner peace.

The impetus behind Samia's willingness to present to a very diverse audience is the belief that music is a universal language that is able to cross cultural, ethnic, racial, political and lingual borders and can unify people. As a global citizen, she feels that after years of training, no matter how modest, it is important to give back.

*Photographs Courtesy of Avinash Pasricha
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