At the age of ten Nasim Binnur was introduced to the North Indian Classical artform of Tabla. He is fortunate enough to be a disciple of the great tabla maestro Pandit Arup Chatterjee. His passion and sense for music allowed him to quickly advance and connect with his guru. He had the privilege to meet and get blessings from many Indian music gurus such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Sufi Aashish Khan Saheb, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, and Pt. Kushal Das.
He is currently a commited member of UC Berkeley's cultural organization Laya of Berkeley. The purpose of Laya is to draw together individuals who have a passion for music. Although the primary focus is classical Indian music, the goal is to blend and fuse other genres of music from around the world to create a unique performing group. Along with performing, the group will focus on cultivating and rehearsing these fusions through regular practices. The primary focus of the group is to grow interest in classical Indian music as well as inspire individuals to expand their musical creativity.
At the age of sixteen, Nasim began to learn how to learn how to play the Bansuri while in a trip to Bangladesh. He is a disciple of Sheik Abu Jafor who is a well known in Bangladesh TV. Learning how to play such a different instrument enabled him to get a better sense of melody and raag.
During his second year of high school, Nasim was introduced to western music. He began as a percussionist learning how to play everything from the snare drum to the timpani. However, he wanted to gain more out of the experience in band. So, he decided to take on western flute. After only one and a half years, he had the opportunity of becoming first chair for flute in the concert band. In the last concerrt of his high school carreer, the band won a unanimous superior.
|Pohela Boishakh Performance @BSA of UC Berkeley|
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|BAFA Jugalbandi South Asian Percussion|