Narmeen Iftikhar was born in Guwahati, Assam: a northeastern state of India. Her family has always loved various forms of arts including Indian classical music and dance. At the age of 7 she started learning Hindustani classical singing and hindustani classical odissi dance. She is a well trained odissi dancer and she learned hindustani classical music extensively from Gitayan Sangit Vidyapith.
After graduating from Bangalore University in the year 2004, she decided to come to the United States for her higher education. Narmeen Iftikhar completed her Masters Degree from New Yo rk Institute of Technology in Communication Arts in the year 2008. She worked at MTV as an intern in 2008, which gave her a huge exposure to the western world of music and an opportunity to understand world music. She joined the World Bank thereafter at Washington,DC as a Communications Consultant in the year 2009.
After Narmeen came to the United States, she continued her music training under the able guidance of legendary Ustad Hamid Hossain. He received his talim(training) in tabla, sitar and Hindustani classical vocal from his renowned father, Ustad Kader Buksh; who was one of India’s foremost musicologist/musician. A civil engineer by academics, he decided to dedicate his life to the propagation of Indian music in the United States. Ustad Hamid Hossain has been teaching and performing Indian classical music from last 40 years in the United States. He started The Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts (AIMFA) and trained thousands of students in India, Bangladesh and the United States during his 40 years of glorious journey as a music teacher.
Narmeen Iftikhar has participated in numerous music competitions and won many prizes. Narmeen Iftikhar has won 1st position in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music category at the Annual Indian Music and Dance Competition organized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), in year 2011 and year 2012. She has received an Award of Excellence from Ustad Vilayat Khan Foundation for her contribution to the propagation and promotion of Indian classical music to the audiences in the west in year 2012.
She has also received an award from Academy of Indian Classical Music and Art in the year 2013 for her performances in Hindustani classical singing. During her India music trip in 2014, she has performed during 6 concerts in 20 days and received positive recognition from media. She has also received Appreciation awards from Solace Institute and Research Center, Assam for her performances. Recently, she has joined Melodic Intersect, a world fusion group bringing together internationally renowned musicians throughout the world. Melodic Intersect has already published four CDs, of which Inner Vision and Global Vision was entered for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Inner Vision went on to get the nomination for the Independent Music Awards in 2015.