Poet | Singer | Songwriter
Mohammad Muneem is a poet, singer, songwriter and the founder of the band Alif. Alif composes music and poetry, ranging from the poignant to satirical, and from relevant to bold, through its music & poetry performances. It has won an IRAA Award for the single Like a Sufi & the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the single Lalnawath. Muneem is also an adept film-maker and scriptwriter. He conceptualises and directs videos for Alif, and often plays the protagonist in them. Muneem has been teaching song-writing and Urdu poetry at the Liberal Arts Department of Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune, since 2014.
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Alif's performance of music & poetry tells a powerful story - one that is relevant and bold, filled with colloquial references to our society, satirical music, poignant poetry, hope and celebration of strength. Alif has won several accolades, including an IRAA Award for the single Like a Sufi, the DadaSaheb Phalke Award for their single Lalnawath & the IIMA Award for 'Best Folk Song' Ride Home. Katyu Chuko' by Alif was also heard in Imtiaz Ali's and Sajid Ali's feature film Laila Majnu. Alif recently completed the scores and songs for a feature film directed by Shlok Sharma, written by Shlok Sharma & Shilpa Shrivastava, and produced by Anurag Kashyap and Navin Shetty. In their anthology book Reclaiming Plurality Amid Hatred, Seagull published Muneem's Kashmiri poem, Korkun. Currently, Alif is working on a deluxe full-length album called Siyah.