Rock to the Bangla rock

DUBAI — Lately, there has been an explosion of musical talent in Kolkata; under the broad umbrella of Bangla rock, strains of folk, blues, contemporary and fusion have been having a blast, and the eastern hub of India has emerged as one rocking city. After wooing over national audiences, Bangla rock has now acquired international proportions.

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Published: Fri 24 Jun 2011, 9:49 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

It is fitting, therefore, that the Emirates Bengal Club of India (EBCI), along with Almarai, is hosting a musical evening, Tiffany Bites Rockbaji with Chandrabindoo — an award-winning, leading blues band from Kolkata at the Shaikh Rashid auditorium today. The fun begins at 7:30pm.

Chandrabindoo (the last letter of the Bengali alphabet – signifying the ‘ultimate’) was formed in 1989, when the musical revolution in Kolkata was at its nascent stage, and has been mesmerising audiences in India and abroad with their contemporary lyrics — satirical, colloquial, and full of references to current affairs and cultural phenomena — and soulful music.

Lead singers Anindyo and Upal are extremely popular, and household names in Kolkata. The band has several awards under its belt, like the National Film Award for best lyrics in 2010, and has cut 10 albums comprising more than 100 songs.

EBCI, affiliated to the Indian Business and Professional Council, Sharjah, is a socio-cultural association formed in 2006, consisting of Bengali expat families — with origins from the state of West Bengal — settled in the UAE. Its primary objective is to showcase Bengali culture and tradition, and to this end EBCI organises and conducts events focused on music, art, theatre, quiz, sports and so on, throughout the year. EBCI also has a social conscience, and has been involved in charities in the UAE and back in India.

EBCI has invited Chandrabindoo to rock in the UAE for the first time with a two-pronged objective. One, to deliver an evening to remember – that of entertaining yet soul-searching music – to the residents of UAE as a whole and, specifically, the members of the Bengali community, especially the younger lot.

And two, to further extend support for the charity programmes that it is working with both in the UAE and in India.

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