Background

 

 

Ahmad has been involved with music from an early age. He started singing Tagore songs when he was eleven or twelve while growing up in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He sang in various shows in that city.

After coming to Minnesota, USA, Ahmad continued performing in several concerts there. He was one of the lead singers for a Tagore play called "House of Cards", produced by the Nritya Jyoti Dance Theater group. The show was held at the prestigious O'Shaughnessy auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ahmad sang own compositions in Urdu and Bengali at a musical show called "Shishir Utsav" that was also held in St. Paul and produced by the Abhinaya Theater. He also composed and played several instruments like flute, sitar, tabla, synthesizer along with vocal for a multiple of plays like:

"In Search of a Story", again produced by the Abhinaya Theater,

"Processions", produced by World Pangea Theater. Ahmad was a one-man band and got favorable review from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“Silent Children”, also produced by World Pangea Theater and sponsored by Amnesty International, Minneosta Chapter.

"Who is Mohan Das" produced partially by the MN-AID organization and helped raise money for earthquake victims in India.

 

Recently Ahmad started writing songs to create awareness of the importance of interfaith dialogue. He helped form a band called “Voice” that performed in several concerts organized by few Twin Cities based peace organizations. 

Besides performing Ahmad also started making recordings. His first was in Delhi where he came up with one of several ghazals that he wrote and composed music for. The album was called “Yaad Rakhna”. He really enjoyed working with some of the finest musicians of this musically renowned city. Ahmad made another recording of songs - this time own Bengali compositions - in Kolkata. Again had the privilege of working with some of the top musicians in town. Another recording was also made in Kolkata. This time it was a collection of ghazals by famous classic Urdu poets like Zauq, Hali and Zafar which Ahmad composed music for. Ahmad also completed a demo of English songs in Minnesota. Last year Ahmad released a couple of albums, “Megh Boleche” - Tagore songs - and a collection of Ghazals “Mat Ana Iss Gali Mein”, his own lyrics and compositions, under Fahim Music, a major record label in Bangladesh. In 2010 G-Series released another Tagore album called “Mor Bhabonare” on the Bengali new year.

Also in 2010 Ahmad was awarded a grant by the MN State Arts Board to come up with English songs addressing the importance of interfaith dialogue.