Celebrating a dreamer

রবিবার, ১৪ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৪

14 December 2014 “Tareque loved festivals. Even as a child studying in a madrasa, he would be drawn to the village fairs. We, at the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust decided to celebrate the life, works and dreams of Tareque to mark his birthday, and this festival is just that,” said Catherine Masud, as a formidable crowd gathered at the National Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on a chilly Friday afternoon, on the opening day of the second edition of the festival.

Bangla, a groundbreaking band in the country's music scene, reunited for a one-off performance after years, to pay tribute to someone close to their hearts. “Our connection to Tareque Mama was something else,” said a teary-eyed Anusheh, as she was joined by old friends Arnob, Buno, Kartik, Jibon and Nazrul – along with vocalist Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb and prolific guitarist Seth Pandu Blumberg.

Although the sound was at times a little scratchy (expected from a band that hasn't performed live together in ages), it was the heart and soul put into the songs that made it so very special. Opening with “Dujonari Prem Miley Shoi Go Jogot Hoilo Alo”, written by Tareque Masud, the band went on to perform Lalon's “Ke Bojhe Mawla'r Alekbaji” and then built up the tempo with another Tareque Masud masterpiece “Prem Rakhiyo Ontorer Bhitor” (from “Mati'r Moyna”) where Anusheh and Shawjeeb traded lines to Nazrul's pulsating dhol beats. Be it with a sombre, soft arrangement of another Lalon number “Sohoj Manush” (by Shawjeeb), the groovy “Pakhi Ta Bondi Achhey Deher Khachaye” (also from “Mati'r Moyna”), or Tagore song “Khachar Pakhi Boner Pakhi” that found an unfamiliar, hauntingly beautiful makeover in Anusheh's voice, Bangla moved mountains with their performance, transpiring the audience to a place of self-reflection. Jibon stayed solid on the drums, Nazrul showed the versatility of the dhol in both exuberance and melancholy, Kartik filled in with sweet little guitar pieces, Arnob took the backing vocal's role with Anusheh and Shawjeeb's booming voices filling the air, and the ambidextrous duo of Pandu and Buno switched guitars every other song -- from the nylon-string acoustic to the bass to the wailing notes of the finger-slider on the electric. Shawjeeb sang Shah Abdul Karim's “Bachi Na Bachi Na Re Bondhu” with immaculate diction and mood, as he did with Kazi Nazrul's “Eka Boshe Thaki” next. Masud's understanding of religion and spirituality were expressed beautifully in Anusheh's voice with “Mon Diya Por Ashol Madrasaye”, while the band closed with a heartfelt choral rendition of “Anondoloke Mongolaloke”.

The day's next programmes were first screening of Bangla's music video of the Lalon song “Kana'r Hatbazaar” (left unfinished by Tareque Masud and completed by Catherine Masud”), screening of “Sritikotha'r Runway” -- a behind-the-scenes account of Tareque Masud's last feature film -- as a tribute to the duo of Masud and his long-time friend Mishuk Munier, and launch of the re-mastered DVD of “Adom Surat”, Tareque's first major work: a documentary on master painter SM Sultan. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman and eminent rights activist Khushi Kabir joined the programme, as did the team of “Runway”.

The festival closed yesterday at the same venue, through Boyati songs, many of them written by Masud himself, a memorial lecture by Sajjad Sharif and screening of short films of a competition themed “My Freedom My Fight”, followed by awarding the winners of the competition. Thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff, eminent photographer Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy DG Liaquat Ali Lucky, filmmaker Morshedul Islam and Catherine Masud were present at the programme.

সর্বশেষ আপডেট বুধবার, ৩০ নভেম্বর -১ ০৬:০০
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