About Marina Ahmad

Marina Ahmad was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and began training in the North Indian Classical vocal style at age four. During her time in Bangladesh she studied under the tutelage of respected musicians Ustad Phul Mohammed Khan and Shri Barin Majumdar Srimoti Ila Majumdar and then as a student at Dhaka Music College.

Her pursuit of North Indian classical music ultimately took her to its birthplace and after a brief stint at the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya in New Delhi, Marina was taken on by the internationally renowned Sangeet Martand Padma Bhibhushan Pandit Jasraj-ji, a master and luminary of the North Indian Classical music genre. She went on to receive training in his Mewati Gharana for over two decades and remains one of his senior disciples, performing alongside him worldwide.

She has also received training in Karnataka music from Srimoti T.L. Balamoni, Prassana Varrier, and semi-classical music from Gita Chandra, Niser Hussain Kha. For the last sixteen years she has also been studying under Srimoti Manik Bhide of the Jaipur Gharana. Marina has shared a stage with Grammy-award winning artist Youssou N'Dur and has recorded two classical albums and a Sufi music album featuring interpretations of the work of Hazrat Khawaja Gollam Farid and Bolleh Shah.

More recently, she has been collaborating with western musicians, synthesizing resonant classical Indian vocals with eclectic jazz, blues, and gospel-inspired arrangements. She currently divides her time between New York City and Bombay and teaches across the Tri-State area. She is also the matriarch of Ugdam, a non profit organization which runs workshops and provides a platform for up-and-coming Indian classical artists.