Joy Bangla Concert: A Musical Tribute to the Historic 7 March Speech

On 7 March 2018, Young Bangla, the youth platform of Centre for Research and Information (CRI), organized the Joy Bangla concert for the fourth time to pay a rich tribute to the historic 7 March, 1971 speech by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The concert, held at the Army Stadium in Dhaka, sought to inspire the youth with the messages and the spirit of the 7 March speech, featured leading bands of Bangladesh like Powersurge, Arbovirus, Shunno, Nemesis, Cryptic Fate, Lalon, Chirkutt and Artcell.

Joy Bangla Concert 2018 paid tribute to Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 speech and celebrated the strong spirit and courageous zeal of the Bangladeshi youth. What made this year’s celebration more special is that it was the first Joy Bangla Concert after UNESCO recognition of the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu as part of the world’s documentary heritage at the end of 2017.

The entry to the concert is free again this year, while fans needed to do a simple online registration which continued from March 1 to 6. The concert has been scheduled to take place from 3:15pm to 10:30pm. The gates remained open from 1:30pm.

The whole stage lit up as the band members entered the premises and were welcomed by loud cheers and applause. The venue, Army Stadium was packed with nearly 35,000 people while millions joined across the country, watching the event being telecast live on Channel 9. People could also listen to the concert live on radio through Radio Dhol 94.0 FM. There was also arrangement for people across the globe to enjoy the event live online through the live-streaming services made available in the websites and social media pages of CRI, Young Bangla, bdnews24.com, banglanews24.com and other news medias.

Joy Bangla Concert celebrated the spirit of liberation through the revolutionary songs of Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, which were performed by all eight bands. The day started with an orchestral rendition of the national anthem, “Amar Shonar Bangla”, by a musical team from the leading performance arts school of the country, Chayanot. Apart from their favourite and hit scores, each of the bands also performed at least one patriotic song from the liberation struggle era of Bangladesh. In regular intervals of the rocking music, there were other attractions in the event including fireworks displays, a promo on “Mujib,” the graphic novel based on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a video clip from the UNESCO chief declaring the 7 March speech by Bangabandhu as part of their world’s documentary heritage and ofcourse the screening of the historic March 7 speech itself.

The concert opened with a rendition of the famous patriotic song “Purbo Digonte Surjo Utheche” performed by a group of talented youngsters. After their performance, the main event started with a rendition of another famous patriotic song, “Maa Go Bhabna Keno,” by popular rock band Powersurge.

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This was the first time the band performed as headliners for the Joy Bangla Concert. Following Powersurge was alternative rock band Arbovirus, who performed “Amra Korbo Joy” and performed their original tracks. Band Shunno then performed renditions of “Joy Bangla Banglar Joy,” “Sonadia Bandhaiyasi Ghor,” among other tracks. Next, popular band Nemesis performed their rendition of “Rokto diye naam Likhechhi/ Bangladesher Naam” as well as their original tracks. Later on, heavy metal band Cryptic Fate performed “Teer Hara Ei Dheu Er Shagor” along with their original tracks “Voboghure,” “Cholo Bangladesh,” and more on stage. Lalon, Chirkutt and Artcell also surprised the audiences with their dazzling performances on the stage of this year’s Joy Bangla Concert.

In order to ensure smooth travel to and from the venue, 4 shuttle bus services were arranged from various strategic locations of Dhaka. Hundreds of volunteers from both CRI/Young Bangla and the event management partners were present at the venue for the full duration of the event to ensure the hassle free enjoyment of the people attending. Large number of security personnel from private security firm Aegis Security, Military Police and Dhaka Metropolitan Police were present to ensure full proof security for all.

Joy Bangla Concert is a comprehensive initiative pulled up with the brace of multiple sponsors, they were: United Group, Square, Gemcon Group, Hamid Group, Orion Group, Confidence Group, Beximco Group and Summit Group. Ice cream partner was Polar. Production partners included Ekattor and Channel 9. Media partners are Dhaka Tribune, Bangla Tribune, Ittefaq and Samakal, bdnews24.com and Bangla Tribune. TV partners were, Shomoy TV, RTV, Boishakhi TV and Gaan Bangla. Radio Partner was Radio Dhol 94.0 FM, WiFi Partner is Aamra Companies and overall Technical Partner is Microsoft Bangladesh.

Moreover, this was also the first time Young Bangla took the musical show outside Dhaka covering Sylhet and Khulna on 2nd and 5th March 2018 respectively. The tour titled ‘Road to 7th March Concert’ was held on Friday at the Abul Mal Abdul Muhit Sports Complex playground with the performance of the leading rock bands Mechanix and Nemesis who performed again on Monday (5th March) at the Circuit House ground in Khulna.

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