On the occasion of the historic March 7, an audience of around 30,000 youths gathered at the capital's Army Stadium to sing along with their favourite bands at the Joy Bangla Concert. Young Bangla and the Centre for Research and Information (CRI) arranged the musical extravaganza to inspire the youth the way Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman inspired the entire nation on that day in 1971.
The concert saw power-packed performances of seven leading bands-- Warfaze, Shironamhin, Shunno, Arbovirus, Lalon, Cryptic Fate and Nemesis.
An orchestral presentation of the National Anthem “Amar Shonar Bangla”, led by eminent composer Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, set the concert in motion.
Arbovirus came first on the stage, and began their performance with “Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye”, followed by “Amra Korbo Joy”. The group recharged the audience with “Omanush”, “Hariye Jao” and “Agun Jalo” before leaving the stage for Nemesis.
Nemesis then enchanted the crowd with an acoustic version of “Dhono Dhanne Pushpe Bhora”, “Rokto Diye Naam Likhechhi”, “Joyodhwoni”, “Kobe” and “Ghuri”.
When the audience was craving for more, Shunno came on the stage, and presented “Joy Bangla, Bangla-r Joy”, “Bedona”, “Godhulir Oparey”, “Mon Torey” and more.
Heavy metal giant Cryptic Fate rendered “Bhorer Opekkha”, “Karar Oi Louho Kopat”, “Teer Hara Ei Dheu-er Sagor”, “Cholo Bangladesh” and more.
Later, another crowd-pleaser Shironamhin began their performance with “O Amar Desher Maati” and presented “Bullet Kingba Kobita”, “Pakhi”, “Bondho Janala” and “Abar Hashimukh” before welcoming band Lalon on stage.
The band on an unusual note opened their performance with “Purbo Digante”, which was followed by a number of popular tracks including “Boshonto Batashe”, “Somoy Gele” and “Khepa”.
The last part of the night was reserved for iconic band Warfaze. They swayed the audience with “Tumi Ki Janona”, “Na”, “Dhushor Manchitro” and “Amar Bhai er Rokte Rangano”.
The concert also featured a laser show, fireworks display and the screening of a documentary on the historic day of March 7.