On Sunday May, 7th, 2017 an evening of ghazals with Tahira Syed
Tamarind Society is proud to present the delectable Ms. Tahira Syed in concert at the Union League of Philadelphia. This promises to be a truly meomorable event as we pay tribute to the great Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
On Saturday, February 13, 2010, Tamarind hosted An Evening of Poetry and
Psychological Discourse with Professor Salman Akhtar.Salman Akhtar, MD is a psychoanalyst and a professor
at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He has authored or edited more than 30 books on diverse
topics in psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Akhtar Saheb is also a renowned poet having published
six volumes of poetry in English and Urdu. He is a highly regarded speaker and and has addressed audiences
at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Emory and other major universities in the US as well as at the United Nations. He
is the son of the renowned Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar, brother of lyricist Javed Akhtar and brother-in-law
of actress/human rights activist Shabana Azmi.
On Saturday, March 1st, 2008, the Tamarind Society presented a tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Some of Faiz's most popular and
beloved works were rendered beautifully by Ms. Bela Bhatt Modi and the evening also featured video presentations of various
well-known Pakistani artists' interpretations of Faiz's poetry, not to mention prerecorded video interviews of those who knew
Faiz, not just as a poet, but as a contemporary.
The Tamarind Society is proud to present Jaswinder Singh in ghazal concert on Saturday, May 12th, 2007, at 6:30 PM in
Bordentown, New Jersey. Jaswinder Singh, who has few peers when it comes to mastery over ghazal singing, obtained his initial
musical training from his father before joining the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya school. His singing style and repertoire is
influenced by such masters as Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and Jagjit Singh.
Jagjit Singh mentored Jaswinder during his formative years, and in 2000, Jagjit produced Jaswinder's first ghazal album titled
Aage Aage Dekhiye, which was released by HMV. This album heralded the arrival on the scene of a gifted singer and composer.
Since then, Jaswinder has been a favorite with the South Asian community in North America.