Bonnya’s concert in NY and some of my updates

20 07 2009

bonnya

It has been a while since I posted a new entry in my blog; what are my updates? Well – I got a new hair cut, did laser vision correction, enjoying nice summer weather, lost some weight, started going to the gym, started taking singing lessons, life is too busy and time is running fast! Every summer, NYC offers variety of events (both American and Deshi events). There are free shows and plays in different parks in Manhattan. There are also deshi melas, cultural shows/events, picnics, BBQ, etc. during the weekends.

Last Saturday on July 18th I went to one of these Deshi events in the evening. It was Rezwana Chowdhury Bonnya’s concert on Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore Songs) in Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan. This was an experimental event of taking Rabindra Sangeet to the next level. They used 10 different types of instruments with her singing (both Eastern and Western instruments). The instruments they used were: Harp, Piano, Cello, Saxophone, Violin, Flute, Veena, Sitar, Tobla, and Mandira. I personally enjoyed this event, mostly because she sang the songs really well, the environment was very nice and pleasant; men and women dressed in cotton Panjabies and Saaris that gave me a feeling that I was in Dhaka enjoying this program. I enjoyed her singing also because I have been trying to learn to sing Rabindra Sangeet, and I know how good she was singing compared to mine 🙂 . I recorded the entire show so that I can listen to her singing later on and learn from her. I was also thrilled to hear her singing live in a quiet environment. Overall, the concert was great! I went with my brother, bhabi (brother’s wife), my music teacher and her husband. After the event, we had dinner and chatted and then went home. It was a great evening after all!

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6 responses

21 07 2009
Lipna

I am so happy to see that you are enjoying this beautiful summer @NY. I wish you best of luck for your singing.
Missing NY 😦

22 07 2009
Rumana

Thanks Lipna for the wishes; I miss having you here in NY; but you are in a better mission than being in NY and I wish you best of luck for that 😀

28 07 2009
sriradha

hi rumana, since you mentioned that you are learning rabindra sangeet- is this in NYC- I have been looking around for a while for rabindra sangeet classes in NYC. Would really appreciate it if you could let me know.

29 07 2009
Rumana

Sriradha: I will email you my teacher’s contact info; she is from Astoria.

18 09 2009
Emma

Ooh sounds fun! I can tell you’ve lost weight from recent FB pics- great work!

EMMA

12 11 2009
Pyal

Hi Rumana, it was nice to know some one still have Bengali culture in her heart in a city like NYC. I am a singer and I am a student of Mita Haque. I have arrived here in NYC last August 2009 and since then I am looking for a place or institute to perform or practice Rabindra shongeet in NYC. I was a BTV and Radio Bangladesh artist when I was in Dhaka.
Can you please suggest me where I should go or to whom I should talk to about this? I’ll be grateful to you. Knowing how to sing is a torture if you cannot perform and that what I am suffering from. You have my e-mail address. Please let me know.
Take Care and thank you again.
Pyal.

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