Nothing draws a crowd to a Bangla band concert quite like the mention of Moheener Ghoraguli. Be it on sprawling lawns or a green patch tucked in the middle of a lonely alley, Gautam Chattopadhyays music continues to find an enthusiastic audience.
While not as elaborate as the 100-member philharmonic orchestra set-up for the Abar Bochhor Tirish Porey concert at Nicco Park a year ago, former Moheen member and choirmaster Abraham Mazumder brought together singers and musicians from the city circuit on a tiny stage at Kishorebahini Maidan in Bagha Jatin last weekend to pay a tribute to the frontman of the first-ever Bengali band. Notwithstanding the space crunch — fitting in a 25-member chamber orchestra from Mazumders Kolkata Music Academy with violins, electric guitars, upright bass, keyboards and drums was quite a struggle — the concert was laudable, thanks to soaring energy levels and some sincere singing.
With Mazumder and his wife Madhusree at the helm of things, the nippy evening turned out to be a treat for locals as well as the audience.
Singers Anindyo Bose of Shohor, Sayak and Sidhu of Cactus, Sayantan from Insomnia, Soumya of Prachir and solo artistes Deb Chowdhury and Somlata took the stage to perform oft-heard Moheener Ghoraguli numbers and some not-so-regular ones. After a rousing choral rendition of Hai bhalobashi, Anindyo, Sidhu and Sayak took turns to sing brooding tunes like Ei muhurtey and Shono shudhijon, while Chai na ja pai and Awoo bawoo also saw takers. Somlata and Madhusree matched harmonies for Ghorey pherar gaan and Shei phuler dol, before Sayak belted out Telephone. A violinist with Mazumders orchestra, Bhaskar Dutta impressed with his deep baritone again as he sang Saat tola bari.
The evening ended with the anthemic Prithibi, with five-year-olds in the crowd standing up to join in the singing.
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