Folk Music and Dance from Bangladesh

Enjoy the folk music and dance of Bangladesh with Shahmeen Khan, Shazreh Ahmed, and Rimi Ahmed.

Born in Bangladesh, Shahmeen Khan has been learning numerous styles of Bengali folk and classical Indian dance since age six. Dancing to songs of Rabindronath Tagore is her passion. She and her husband Sheelpi moved to the Dallas area to be closer to family. Active in her community, Shahmeen serves on the City of Allen Library Board. When not working or taking her five year-old son Arman to swimming and soccer practice, she loves to practice yoga. “When I think back to my life as a young girl and see what the American Dream has afforded my family,” says Shahmeen, “I feel very blessed and grateful.”

Shazreh Ahmed loves to share her passion of dance and music with her audience. Currently training in a form of Indian Classical Dance called Kathak, she is under the tutelage of Sunaina Rao at Kathak Rhythms studio in Southlake. Born in Bangladesh, Shazreh remains connected with her roots and culture through dance and theater. Currently, she is preparing for her upcoming play “Two Sisters – By Tagore” to be performed at the Irving Arts Center in December.

Although born in Bangladesh, Rimi Ahmed grew up in the U. S. Singing serves as an organic way to stay connected with her Bengali roots and heritage. Trained to sing the songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore, she finds abundant joy through sharing her music with others,

All three of the performers cite a profound admiration and love for Rabindronath Tagore, a Bengali poet whose works binds these three artists together. Although Tagore is Indian, his poetry is very popular in Bangladesh and inspired the Bengali national anthem. Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 and was Asia’s first Nobel Prize winner.

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