Sufi singer Chitralee Goswami mesmerises Keralite music lovers
A Sufi concert by noted Assamese Sufi singer Chitralee Goswami from Mumbai was held in Kozikode last week at the Calicut Co- Operative Urban Bank Auditorium. The concert was organised as the part of anniversary celebrations of Sai Organisation, Chalppuram, Calicut.
During Chitralee’s maiden performance in Kerala, which continued for almost one and half hours, Goswami presented two of Amir Khusro’s legendary numbers and one of her own recent compositions ‘Dum Ali Dum’. During the presentation, Goswami translated many of the Urdu words to English and Hindi for ease of understanding of the South Indian audience. “Her music transmitted us to a higher world of divine ecstasy where we experienced supreme bliss,” said Ashok Kumar, General Manager, Tata Coffee who had come down from Chennai for the programme.
The concert was preceded by a public meeting where Mr. Ali Akbar, the noted film Director from Chennai was the Chief Guest and Mr. Krishnadas Erady and Haridas Erady, the prominent Bhajan Singers were invited speakers in the function. The program coordinators P P Bhaskaran, P Vinod, Unnikrishnan, P T Sunil Kumar and
Anandan, the office bearers of Sai Organisation expressed their deep satisfaction at the success of the celebration and were in great praise of Goswami’s lucid presentation and memorable performance.
It is noteworthy that Chitralee Goswami of Assam who lives in Mumbai has made her mark as a Sufi singer. Apart from eastern, western and northern parts of the country, she is invited on a regular basis for live concerts in places like, Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai, Srirangapattan, Vijaywada. Her performance in Kerala has met with appreciate reviews in the Southern press and media.
A leading female vocalist of the country, Chitralee is an acclaimed stage performer and a vocalist of the National Radio and Television. At the initiative of her late parents, Prabhat Narayan Goswami and Biva Goswami, she was exposed at a very young age to lot of folk music (lokgeets), bhajans, Ravindra Sangeet as well as borgeets which she started performing right from the tender age of 8. She received talim for advanced khayal & ghazal gayaki from internationally renowned music director and Commonwealth award winner Guru Pandit Rakesh Kumar Sharma of New Delhi.
A trained classical performing artist, she later veered into semi-classical and light forms of Hindustani as well as Karnatic music. Besides music, she has also achieved a number of milestones in her professional life. “I live music,” says Chitralee who is a Cost Accountant, Post Graduate in Finance, Batchelor of Law, Master of Music and a Doctoral Scholar in Economics. She has served some of the premier Institutions of the country in responsible positions such as Deputy Registrar and Head – Finance, Head-Internal Audit & Head-Academic Affairs of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati), Head- Corporate Communication, North East for ONGC, Finance Controller of AMTRON, Deputy General Manager, Finance at Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd & Visiting Faculty to Guru Goving Singh Indra Prastha University, New Delhi.
A perfectionist in all her endeavours, she is presently serving ONGC’s Western Offshore Basin at Mumbai.