Alif Laila is an Indian classical sitar performer, composer, teacher and artistic director. She was trained in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Allauddin Khan. Laila was a student of the traditional ‘guru shishya parampara’ method of a ‘one-to-one basis of learning.’
She has a BFA in from the College of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Laila moved to the United States and continued her study of the sitar with eminent teachers of sitar, like Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt, and Kushal Das.
Laila has performed at the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Etc. And she has performed overseas at places like the IIC (New Delhi, India), the Purcell Room, Southbank Center (London UK), etc.
She has performed and recorded with world-renowned tabla (Indian classical drums) artists including Anindo Chatterjee and has released eight sitar CDs.
Laila has presented audio visual performances with her paintings. She produced two DVD'S in Indian classical sitar. Her upcoming album, with world percussion, is ‘Ekavali’ (the connecting thread) She established her music school, ‘Sitar Niketan’ in February 2015.