Between Black and White
Date: December 06, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Ticket: BDT 100.
(Free for #EMKCenter and #AmericanCenter Members upon showing ID card).
Tickets will be available at EMK Center before the event.
About the Program:
This is what Farzana Wadid, also known as Shayan has to say about the theme of the musical performance:
Life visits us every day in many shades. Sometimes it's the blues of tears, grays of prayers, reds of protests... greens of gratitude...and many more, only to make us realize, that it is anything but simple black and white. Between the two extremes, lies the vast horizon, leaving us only with a plain choice of celebration. It is predominantly the festivity of life, in every circle of emotion we complete. A true complete portrayal is yet a dream of every individual, but every song is a faintly taken glimpse of that ongoing carnival of existence, where we have entered just by chance, that too for a very short time. When we have the rainbows to embrace, why bother attempting to fix the puzzle?! Between this black and white, when this whole life goes away like a snapshot, the wonder is the only expression that stays throughout for the seekers. The songs were born somewhere between the two borders of black and white...only to confirm the questions, ignore the efforts to find the answers.... and prolong the celebrations.
Farzana Wahid,commonly known as Shayan by the people who appreciates her music, was born in 1976, in Montreal, Canada, but was brought back to Bangladesh by her parents at a very early age of 7 months, granting her an upbringing in the city of Dhaka, for the first 21 years of her life . In her opinion, if she hadn’t had a chance to live her early years in Bangladesh, her journey with Bangla music wouldn’t be the same. As Shayan was raised by her mother single-handedly from a very early age, she often refers her mother’s role and the life she offered her to witness, as the most significant factor and influence that impacted her singing, composing and songwriting. Shayan’s schooling was in Dhaka, after which she received a formal LLB, and LLM degree and had worked and participated as a lawyer and human rights worker for 14 years along with her professional presence in the music scene of Bangladesh.
Shayan finds “ life “ as her first master, muse, and influence, but she admits her debt of learning so much from too many musicians from the past and the present too, who had been a great company and influence on her musicality, such as Shahnaz Rahmatullah, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Hemonto Mukherjee, Nikhil Banerjee, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Rabindronath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Buddadeb Basu , Shumon Chattapaddhyay , Bhupen Hazarika , Farida khanum , Mehdi Hassan and many more .
Shayan writes, tunes and sings her own songs, which she considers as a life-saving practice from a very early age, and prefers to sing with a purpose which she finds more rewarding and satisfying. She finds her stories to make a song from the life she leads, from the characters she is surrounded by and intends to convey a plea, or a prayer, or a protest to the fellow people she sings to. Her songs usually deal with the rights of the people, and these are often labeled as “protest songs” or “pro-life songs”. She writes topic based songs as a part of her profession and passion, and such topics would include “feminism” “ child rights”, “patriotism” “Humanity” “Compassion” and “Youth spirit ” and “mental health “. She never received any formal training in anything, but listening and singing her favorite songs is often referred to by her, as her chosen form of self-training. She published her first album after which she realized and she stopped releasing albums, and worked on different projects with various human rights organizations, composing songs for them that dealt with specific issues, and prefers to sing LIVE in front of people, shifting the focus from publishing albums. She has often expressed clearly her stand , that she is not against publishing studio albums, and once in a while it can become a good experience , but singing is substantially and essentially a performing art, and music is more fun, when it is sung LIVE, in front of people, even when it lacks the flawless qualities, that a formal studio album would have.
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