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Ustad Azizul Islam Raga Hansdhwani

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Published on Aug 24, 2014

Once a captain of merchant vessel,Ustad Azizul Islam took to playing flute from his childhood.Born at Rajbari in 1945 where his father worked at the time,Captain islam actually hails from Brahmanbaria,the very district that is also birthplace of the late Sur Samrat Ustad Alauddin Khan.

Captain islam had his first ' talim' or lessons briefly from late Priyada Ranjan Sengupta of Arya Sangeet Samity,Chittagong,followed by teaching from vocalist late Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan,who used to reside at Chittagong.

While leading a hazardous life of a sailor,at times he faced some obstacles to fulfil his dream as an artist.His life as a sailor put a barrier on him to remain under the guidance of any Ustad but the creative urge inside helped him a lot to emerge as a master and to practice fervently.His life on the sea on the other hand,provided him enough seclusion and time to sharpen his skills at flute-playing.He used to spend his time on the ship mostly listening to the records of the flute maestro,late Pannalal Ghosh and other famous classical musicians.

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