Since 2015, the country's biggest concert for youths Joy Bangla Concert has been rocking music lovers in celebration of the historic 7th March Speech of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Being organised under the supervision of the Centre for Research and Information (CRI), and Young Bangla, one of the leading youth networks of Bangladesh, the rock concert has been a regular celebration since 2015 to instil the spirit of the Liberation War among youths - until the global Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020 a few days after that year's Joy Bangla Concert on March 7.
After two years of its hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the much-awaited concert returned this year on Wednesday, March 8 due to Shab-e-Barat and also coincided with International Women's Day. Nine popular bands of the country - Artcell, Avoid Rafa, Lalon, Chirkutt, Cryptic Fate, Karnival, Meghdol, Nemesis, and Arekta Rock Band, rocked the jubilant youths in this year's concert.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the concert alongside his nephew Radwan Mujib Siddiq, grandson of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and trustee of Centre for Research and Information (CRI), joined them at Dhaka's Army Stadium. Chief of Army Staff SM Shafiuddin Ahmed, State Minister for Power and Energy and Trustee of CRI Nasrul Hamid Bipu also joined the concert.
This year's concert began with a minute's silence in memory of those killed in the Fulbaria and Gulistan blasts last week. Along with their own songs, performing bands sang the immortal songs of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in the concert, which they dedicated to the valiant freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in the 1971 Liberation War.
Bangabandhu's 7th March speech was shown on the big screen, along with special video footage. Also, between the songs, small parts of Bangabandhu's historic 7th March speech are shown through a video presentation. There was a music video performance of the song based on the slogan 'Joy Bangla'. Meanwhile, after the evening, a special dance performance based on Bangabandhu's speech was performed in the choreography of the artists.
The whole army stadium was filled to the brim from noon to evening. The group of young people danced to the tune of the song and enjoyed it from afternoon till night. About 20,000 music lovers registered through the website to enjoy the concert. Besides, the concert was broadcasted live on several channels.
On the occasion, Young Bangla launched separate registration, urging women to join the concert. The presence of women in the concert was certainly noticeable. There was also a separate corner for women.
At the concert, each band presented a Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra song, alongside their regular tracks. Arekta Rock Band performed 'Amar E Desh, Shob Manusher' while Carnival presented 'Sob Kota Janala Khule Dao Na', Meghdol performed 'Muktiro Mondiro Shopano Tole', Cryptic Fate sang 'Maa Go Bhabna Keno'. 'Nemesis' showcased 'Teerhara Ei Dhewyer Sagor', Avoid Rafa performed 'Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye', Lalon band sang 'Purbo Digonte Surjo Uthechhe' and Artcell performed 'Durgom Giri Kantar Moru' at this year's Joy Bangla Concert.
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