Joy Bangla Concert 2023 held

Published : 08 Mar 2023 08:56 PM

A minute's silence was observed at the Joy Bangla Concert 2023 in Dhaka's Army Stadium on Wednesday to pay homage to the victims of Tuesday's blast in a Gulistan building. 

Young Bangla, a youth platform of the Center for Research and Information (CRI), is organizing the Joy Bangla Concert for the seventh time. 

At least 17 people were killed after an explosion ripped through a commercial building in the capital's Gulistan area yesterday. More than 100 people were injured in the blast. 

The concert began with condolences for the people killed and injured in the blast. 

The Centre for Research  and  Information (CRI) and its youth secretariat, Young Bangla, have been organizing the concert since 2015 to commemorate the historic March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

The concert was not held in the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the concert is generally held on March 7, this year's event was moved to March 8 due to the holy Shab-e-Barat. 

After two years of hiatus, the concert returned, aiming to instill the spirit of the Liberation War in young minds. According to the organizers, Artcell, Avoid Rafa, Lalon, Chirkutt, Cryptic Fate, Karnival, Meghdol, Nemesis, and Arekta Rock Band performed on Wednesday at the Joy Bangla Concert 2023.

CRI aims to explore the political ideas and the policy reforms that will define progressive politics and policies in a new, digital Bangladesh through democratized and people-centered debate. CRI believes that public engagement into democratic process is the key to ultimate democracy practice.

Promoting policy awareness, empowerment of citizens, identifying the effectiveness of past policy decisions and using these as a basis to form present and future policy incentives is what CRI facilitates.