ନାଜିଆ (Nazia)

Nazia Alam (Daughter of legendary singer Sikandar Alam and Naima Alam) is a poplular classical, pop, ghazal and devotional genre singer.

It was a proud moment for all the people of Odisha, when Central Sangeet Natak Akademi announced the “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Prativa Puraskar” (young talent award) for Odisha’s Nazia Alam. For the first time, the award has gone to Odissi music which is struggling for a distinct identity at the national level and claiming the coveted classical status.

Nazia learned Odissi classical from her mother Naima Alam, who herself is a gifted singer and Nazia’s first music teacher. Nazia’s parent dream about their daughter be a popular singer like Nazia Hassan and hence had named their daughter after her.

Nazia took to music as a duck takes to water. Despite having an impressive academic record, Nazia chose to take up music as a career. A Sangeet Visharad in Hindustani classical vocal from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai, and a Sangeet Bhaskar degree holder in Odissi vocal, she is pursuing higher training in Hindustani music under Ustad Mashqoor Ali Khan Sahab of Kirana Gharana at ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, and in Odissi music under Guru Keshab Chandra Rout in Bhubaneswar.

Nazia a regular performer on All India Radio and Doordarshan. Nazia, who was a finalist in Saregama competitions held by Zee TVhas sung at least 500 songs besides lending her voice for popular television serials like Duhita, Bidhatara Khela, and Mu Tumaku Bhalapae. She has cut nine albums in Oriya, Hindi and Bengali during the very short span of her career.

Like her father, who is revered in Odisha for his devotion to Lord Jagannath, Nazia has also won hearts as a singer of Bhajans and will definitely win our hearts by her mesmerizing voice and devotional songs on the 47th OSA Convention.

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