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12:00 AM, December 27, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 27, 2012

Friends and fans pay homage to Sanjeeb Chowdhury


Dalchhut performs at the programme. Photo: Jamil Mahmud

Friends, well-wishers and fans commemorated singer-songwriter and founder of the band Dalchhut, Sanjeeb Chowdhury, through a music festival named after him at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University on December 25. The “3rd Sanjeeb Festival” featured Dalchhut along with a few up and coming bands.
Sanjeeb would have been 50 on December 25. The performers celebrated the late artiste's birthday with covering his songs. Sanjeeb, according to many, was one of finest songwriters of his generation.
His untimely death, at the age of 45, in 2007 shocked music enthusiasts across the country. He along with Bappa Mazumdar formed the band Dalchhut in 1996. “Ahh”, “Hridoypur”, “Akash Churi” and “Jochhnabihaar” are well acclaimed studio albums by the band.
Sanjeeb's idealistic and meaningful lyrics and Bappa's apt compositions carved a niche for Dalchhut from the very beginning. Apart from their own songs, Dalchhut worked with renowned folk artistes. The band's covers of Baul Shah Abdul Karim's songs are very popular.
Dalchhut arranged the festival at the Bakultala premises inside Faculty of Fine Arts. Apart from Dalchhut, bands such as Drik, The Brotherhood Project, Shahartoli, Onnoshor, Poridhi, Aranya and singers Shabbhyata and Shandhi performed at the fest.
Most of the performing bands paid tribute to the artiste through covering his songs. Dalchhut performed some of its popular songs penned by Sanjeeb.
The Brotherhood Project, featuring Parvez and Joy Shahriar, performed five songs including “Bhalo Achhi Bhalo Theko” and “Tomake Ashtei Hobe”. Shohortoli paid tribute to Sanjeeb through singing his song “Swapnobaji”. Drik performed “Adha Manush” and the Nazrul Sangeet “Mora Jhanjhar Moto”. Oronyo too performed a Nazrul Sangeet “Karar Oi Louhakapat” and its own composition “Amar Taar Chhire Gechhe”.
Dalchhut was the last act of the evening. It started with the popular number “Ami Tomakei Bole Debo” and continued with “Pori”, “Baaji”, “Amake Niswa Kore Diyechhilo Chand” and the Shah Abdul Karim number “Gari Chole Na”.
During Dalchhut's cover of the Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra song “Teer Hara Ei Dheuer Shagor”, the audience cheered on and sang with the performers.
At the programme, a scholarship named after Sanjeeb was handed over to the authority of Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University. The department will give the scholarship to one of its meritorious students later, informed the organisers. Sanjeeb was a student of the department and later worked for several dailies and little magazines.

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