Abandoned or orphaned, they were the children of neglect. But, not anymore.
With little care from children with privileges, they have now become the children of hope. They are the new kids on the block. They are members of country's latest musical band: The SunChild.
The all-girl group made its debut on April 19 to captivate the audience at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) Auditorium.
When they sang the Azam Khan classic, Rail line er oi bostite, jonme chilo ekti chele, and Shraboner megh gulo joro holo akashe,” the hit song by Different Touch, the audience of no less than 1,200 were in awe, applauding and singing along spontaneously.
Lead vocalist Nupur poured her heart out, and lead guitarist Nishi strummed her guitar like a pro to get the best out of 10-member band.
The girls are from an orphan home, run by a non-profit organisation, the Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) with donation from children mostly in the US. Legendary singer Sabina Yasmin, who is also a DCI goodwill ambassador, alongside other renowned performers, also sang at the concert for underprivileged children. However, the SunChild band eventually seized the limelight of the evening with their great performance.
“It was an amazing performance. I wish this musical team the best. They will be stars in future,” said secretary of cultural affairs ministry, Dr Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, who attended the concert as special guest.
Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam was also in the audience as chief guest. “I saw them perform before at their home in Mohammadpur, but today, it was on a different level. I believe that these girls will take Bangladesh forward.”
The performance was a result of only two and a half month's practice alongside their study according to Dr Ehsan Hoque, executive director of the DCI, who shared the information with The Daily Star over phone yesterday.
“Sabina (Yasmin) Apa was instrumental in inspiring these children into this big audience performance,” added Dr Ehsan, who flew in from the US to organise the concert.
Sabina Yasmin, the legend herself, loves to spend time with these children. She mentored the band and helped them practise with instructors of her choices over the last couple of months.
“These are immensely talented. I'm sure they are capable of doing far better,” the celebrated singer told the audience on April 19.
The SunChild was found to be bubbling with confidence after the stage performance. “We need to practise more, and we're eager to get more exposure,” lead vocalist Nupur told The Daily Star.