Joy Bangla Concert
Music has been a basic part since the commencement of Bangladesh. For the individuals of Bangladesh, music is an emotive substance that exhibits enthusiasm, euphoria, boldness, outrage, dream, love and penance. Rock music is known for talking the language of youth and their excitement, feelings, and vitality are communicated through rock music. Young Bangla as the youth platform of the Center for Research and Information (CRI) ties up with the young people of Bangladesh through a melodic spectacle with an idea of associating the extension among youth and the historical backdrop of 7th March. The Joy Bangla Concert since 2015 is something other than a melodic occasion; it is a memorandum of hope to every single youthful soul and an opportunity to relive the spirit of freedom, energy and the historic 7th March speech of the Father of the Nation – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The world additionally perceives the jolting impacts of that speech, which is now officially a world documentary heritage, having been inducted in the “Memory of the World Register” by UNESCO in 2018. So Far Young Bangla has Organized 5 concerts, starting from 2015 to 2019.
So, why is everyone so excited about Joy Bangla Concert?
With one such event put on the platter every year since 2015, the Concert stands apart on two counts: one, it’s by far the biggest rock music event in Bangladesh in terms of both online and offline audience presence. On an average, around 35,000 fans attend the concert at the venue every year while millions watch on social, online and mainstream media, which is way above any other rock concert.
Two: Joy Bangla Concert brings all the big names and bands in the Bangladeshi rock and metal scene on the same stage and what makes this even more exciting is that entry to the concert is absolutely free. All one needs is to do a simple registration on the Young Bangla website and collect a free entry pass.
There are yet more aspects to the Joy Bangla Concert that make it rise above just a musical event.
It’s organized on March 7 every year to relive the historic Racecourse speech that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered on this day in 1971. That speech united an entire nation to fight back against oppressions. Bangabandhu’s 7th-March speech is the ultimate source of inspiration to rise above all divisions and unite to achieve a collective national goal.
This event comes at a time when the entire world is in the middle of a fight against extremism and intolerance, and it’s important for a nation to make sure that nobody especially the youth does not indulge. And what could be better than the spirit of unity and patriotism of 7th-March blended into rock music, which has always been a channel for youth to express themselves.
Leading local rock and metal bands like Warfaze, Cryptic Fate, Nemesis, Arbovirus, Shunno, Lalon, Artcell, Bay of Bengal, Powersurge, Shironamhin, Chirkutt, Spondon 1971, Arnob & Friends have performed in the concerts so far.
In 2018, Young Bangla took the musical event outside Dhaka. Popular rock bands Nemesis and Mechanix performed in two separate caravan concerts – styled “Road to 7th-March” concert – at Sylhet and Khulna on March 2 and 5 respectively.
Young Bangla, a unique network of Bangladeshi youth, leverages this mega congregation of youth to rekindle the spirit of the Great War of Liberation. Every year, the bands recreate and perform one song each from the Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, the rebel radio station that kept up the morale of the freedom fighters and also the countrymen in 1971. Many of the leading bands that perform regularly at Joy Bangla Concert have included these Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra songs in their albums as well.