Before the horses were unleashed for The Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes (Grade I), the Dhoom pichak guys, Euphoria, and our very own Cactus rocked Royal Calcutta Turf Club on Saturday evening.
It was truly a night to remember — Euphoria’s first gig at a racecourse, Calcutta guitarist Ashok Roy joining the Delhi band in the absence of their bassist Debajyoti Bhaduri (who is down with dengue), and Cactus announcing their upcoming album Blah Blah Blah.
“We are here to make you dance the cold away,” announced Palash “daktarbabu” Sen, as the crowd broke into a stomp.
“Good evening Calcutta. How are you doing? It’s not every day we have a concert at a racecourse. We are thrilled,” said Palash Sen as his boys and girls (yes, the band has two great back-up vocalists) took the stage and stole the spotlight with Rok sako to rok lo. “Euphoria has completed 14 years of its journey that began here. Our first public concert was in Calcutta. Back then nobody knew us but they knew one song: Dhoom pichak dhoom,” shouted the frontman.
Cactus duo Sidhu (left) and Pota presented a delightful mix of popular numbers like Sudhu tumi ele na, Uraner gaan, Mon boro obujh ei mon, Buddha hesechhe and new tracks like Dulchhe and Blah blah from their forthcoming album that is set for an April release. They signed off with their all-time favourite Holud pakhi.
The RCTC grounds were lit up by cellphone screens. Yes, cigarette lighter-waving days are over.
The Bong connection was the jam session between Ashok Roy (right) and daktarbabu Sen. The band belted out one hit after another –– Maaeri, Ab na jaa, Kabhi aana tu meri gali, Mehfuz hu, Bhoola sab, C U later...
Text: Sibendu Das
Pictures: Rashbehari Das