The Joy Bangla Concert 2020, held at Army Stadium on March 7, commemorated the spirit and courage relayed to our countrymen nearly five decades ago by the Father of the Nation, through his historic speech on March 7, 1971. The speech inspired the nation to prepare for a war of independence amid widespread reports of armed mobilisation by West Pakistan.
This year too, CRI-Young Bangla took the initiative to the arrange the concert, with a mix of entertaining and patriotic music from 10 leading musical bands and singers of the country and a host of other never before seen attractions. The event was telecast live on different national television channels, broadcast live on radio and livestreamed online, while all major media outlets, both print and electronic medias. One of the most awaited concerts in the country, Joy Bangla Concert, was held on 7th March 2020, Saturday at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.
This year’s lineup featured university based underground bands – Introit, Arekta Rock Band, Adverb, Sin and Conclusion who performed in the first segment of the show. This was followed by band F Minor, an all-female ethnic community band which is the first of its kind in Bangladesh. Solo artist Minar Rahman also performed for the first time, followed by Avoid Rafa, Shunno, Vikings, Lalon, Arbovirus, Cryptic Fate, Nemesis, Fuad & Friends and Chirkutt.
Furthermore, March 17, 2020, marked the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. The energy of metal and rock bands, renditions of celebrated patriotic songs, and a holographic visual of Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech, were some of the highlights of the concert. The event started off with a soulful rendition of our National Anthem, followed by the song, Joy Bangla. This year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana graced the event with their presence. Bangabandhu’s grandson Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a trustee of CRI, and granddaughter Saima Wazed Hossain, were also present.
A holographic visual of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, shed light on the incidents from 1971 when their father set out for his historic speech. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled that her mother urged Bangabandhu to share the truth with the people, without fear. At the end, through the holographic visual, the Prime Minister recited a poem about her father.
A surprise performance was done by popular musician Saidus Salehin Khaled Sumon, commonly known as Bassbaba Sumon among his fans. Sumon informed that he is currently waiting to leave for Germany for a major surgery which may change his life forever. Later during the concert, Sumon mesmerised the audience with the songs ‘Amar Proticchobi’ and ‘Gaibo Na Ar Kono Gaan’.
This year Joy Bangla Concert was visited by over 55,000 people, while almost 750,000 viewers tuned in to watch the show live broadcast on television and via online streaming. This year’s sponsors include Orion Group, Square Group (Kool), Gemcon Group, Summit group, Hamid Group, Beximco, Confidence Group , Green Delta Insurance, Islam Group (RAW Nation) and Aamra Group of Companies. The broadcast partner was Maasranga television, Radio Dhol 94.0 FM was the radio partner, Aamra Technologies – internet partner and event management partner was Grey Advertising. Other media partners that also broadcasted live include television channels – Channel 9, Bijoy TV, Ekattor TV, Gaan Bangla, RTV, and Shomoy TV, online news media partners were -bdnews24.com, Dhaka Tribune, Ittefaq, Bangla Tribune and Samakal.
Joy Bangla Concert Over the Years
The first ever Joy Bangla Concert was held in 2015 and created a benchmark for future events. In what turned out to be the first such themed rock concert in the country. Since the first concert in 2015 the numbers have been gradually increasing and Joy Bangla Concert has since become a part of the youth pop culture and household name in the live music industry in Bangladesh. The Joy Bangla Concert 2018 for the first time, took the musical event outside Dhaka. Popular rock bands performed in two separate caravan concerts – styled “Road to 7th-March” concert – at Sylhet and Khulna on March 2 and 5 respectively. To ensure maximum engagement, even after the event, we continuously showcased the event (clips, videos etc.) using our online and social network platforms.
The four concerts since 2015, has been graced by such musical names as Warfaze, Shironamhin, Shunno, Arbovirus, Lalon, Cryptic Fate, Nemesis, Artcell, and Arnob who played a fusion of contemporary, metal, rock, classical, and patriotic songs to the delight of all present and watching. To make the annual event more engrossing, apart from the music from bands and singers, other activities are also included such as musical orchestras, laser shows, fireworks display, screening of short documentary styled videos, poem recitations etc. In the 2016 concert, in a first ever exclusive, the coloured version of the historic 7th March speech was screened for the attendees.
The annual Joy Bangla concert has already established itself as one of the most awaited live musical events in the country. In order to ensure hassle free commute for the youngsters, arrangements are made for shuttle bus services to the venue from various strategic locations of Dhaka. Volunteers from CRI-Young Bangla along with the event management partners are present at the venue for the full duration of the event to ensure the hassle entrance and enjoyment of the people attending. Large number of security personnel from private security agencies, Military Police and Dhaka Metropolitan Police are also present to ensure top notch security and surveillance.