Dailynewsun Report :
Nishat Afza Arzoo, a popular classical singer hailing from Mymensingh has been continuing her devotion for classical music for decades.
Born to Dr MA Halim and Shamsun Nahar in Mymensingh city’s Shankipara in 1969, Nishat’s passion for music surfaced in childhood and it is still going on. During the coronavirus pandemic, Nishat geared up her practice for classical music.
Nishat, a post graduate from Faculty of Fisheries at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) is special grade artiste of Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television for Nazrul, Tagore and modern songs.
On different occasions since her early life, Nishat took ‘taalim’ (lessons) under the guidance of Ustad Mithun Dey, Gopal Dutt, Omar Faruq, Sohrab Hossain, Sudhin Das, Khalid Hossain and Sujit Mustafa. She also took lessons in Tagore songs from Sanjida Khatun, Fahmida Khatun, Ajit Roy, Wahidul Haque, Dr. ABM Nurul Anwar and Sadi Mohammad.
Nishat expressed her debt to family members and relatives, especially to her father Dr MA Halim who supported her passion for music since childhood. “When I was a student, my father used to take me Dhaka for taalim from eminent classical maestros that established my devotion for classical notes gradually”, said Nishat.
A mother of two daughters-Benazir Binte Rafique and Anika Nower Binte Rafique, both university students, Nishat said the classical music needs a lot of patience and for the better survival of music, practice of classical music should be geared up at every level.
More workshops involving country’s classical masters should be organised even at the district level to promote this form of music, said Nishat. For her commitment and talent in both Tagore and Nazrul songs, Nishat was also honoured by different cultural organizations so far.