It was an evening dedicated to the memory of Ayub Bachchu — one of the biggest Bangla rockstars — whose sudden demise shook the music fraternity across borders. With names like Soumitra Ray, Silajit, Upal Sengupta, Sidhu, Pata and other eminent musicians from West Bengal and Bangladesh, the line-up was star-studded. It was a memorable performance by the musicians at the concert — ‘Dui Bangla Rockbaji’, which took place on a huge ground in south Kolkata recently, and the audience lapped it up.
The concert started with a young band, Kalponik, in the late afternoon. Soon, Soumitra of Bhoomi performed ‘Mone Ar Nahi Re’ and ‘Na Jaum Na Jaum’. It was a touching moment when the singer touched the feet of poet Arun Chakraborty, who penned ‘Lal Paharir Dyashe Ja’, and performed the song.
Subrata Barua Ronny, the founder member of Souls, one of Ayub Bachchu’s early bands, and Jacob Diaz, the rockstar’s guitar teacher, were felicitated at the do. Mehrin, of Bangladeshi band Mehrin and Anari, stole the show with a powerful performance. Minister Indranil Sen, who attended the event as a guest, sang ‘Bijoner Chaaer Cabin’ — an iconic song by Nagar Philomel. While Upal Sengupta started with the Chandrabindoo hit ‘Bondhu Tomay’, his rendition of a folk song, ‘Ichamoti’, floored the audience. Silajit and his musicians too delivered a power-packed performance.
Sidhu took the stage by storm too with his energetic singing. Musicians of folk band Sahajiya accompanied many of the singers, while its frontman Deb Chowdhury anchored the show. The musical evening also saw performances by other musicians, including Pata, Anindya Bose and others.