(Vocals, keyboards & Guitar)
alternative folk band 'BANGLA' has enchanted audience by presenting
timeless folk songs in a contemporary style. If one seeks to define
their music one could label 'BANGLA' an alternative folk act. This
new band is certainly making waves with its unique quality of music
that is taken from our rich cultural history but presented in a
trendy manner to cater to the preferences of the present generation.
The band was set up in 1998 by a group of enterprising young artistes.
The band's vocalist Anusheh has a deep and mesmerising voice and
the others, Kartik, Buno, Arnab and Shantanu complement her vocals
with their skillful playing. Anusheh is trained in classical music
from India, Buno picked up Hason Raja's songs from Sylhet, while
Arnab learned Rabindrashangeet at Shantiniketan where he was a Fine
Arts student. The quintet met and used to jam together.
Anusheh (vocals), Buno (Vocals & Bass), Arnab ( Keyboards, Vocals
& guitar), Kartik (guitar) and Shatanu (drums)
Music as Profession:
members have a philosophy regarding taking up music as a profession,
"never mix passion and profession." And music is a collective
passion for this band. They perform because they love doing so.
the end of the year 2000, Bangla captivated the audience in a show
at the Fine Arts Institute amphi theatre. "Initially, we had
to deal with scepticism, but people soon realised that we are actually
bringing back songs that had been forgotten," says Buno. The
band's listeners vary between the ages six to 60. One of their ardent
fans is actually a six-year-old girl named Mita who always shows
up at their concerts and sings along with them.
band is currently have their first album "Kingkortabbo bimurh"
out in the market. "It is Bogey Bhai of RENAISSANCE, one of
the partners of Ektaar Music who encouraged us to bring out an album",
Source & Courtesy:
Imtiaz Beg, Lavina Ambreen, Hana Shams, The Daily Star & Bangla
Edited by Nahidul Haq