Concerts are great opportunities to take ourselves away from the hustle and bustle of city life and to spend quality time with friends. However, there are some concerts which do more than just that. These concerts are meant to provoke thoughts, raise awareness and help push forward a good cause. Clean Dhaka Concert 2018 was one such gig. It was held on September 1 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB). Nagorik Dhaka Foundation and private television channel Boishakhi TV jointly arranged the concert with the slogan ‘Be a responsible citizen, keep Dhaka clean’. Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon inaugurated the event around 3.00pm. “Through this concert, we hope that everyone’s sense of responsibility will be revitalized.” The mayor also added that he dreams of a clean and serene capital city.
The lineup of the concert saw some of the biggest names in the music industry. There were Miles, Feedback, Different Touch, Nemesis, Yatri and Bandhujana. Bangladeshi stand-up comedians as well as Mirakkel’s popular standup comedian Abu Hena Rony and Shawon Majumder also took the stage and brought flavors of laughter and fun into the event.Lumin, vocalist of Feedback, said, “Every artist looks forward to participate in an event with a noble cause. That’s because it gives us a chance to spread something positive and to make people aware of important issues of our society. It is often seen that when a band conveys a message, people accept it more readily. The purpose of this concert is to make Dhaka clean.” Lumin urges fans to keep surroundings clean. “If we do our part, we will gradually see a clean Dhaka before us.” The band performed many of their evergreen hits in the event.
Nemesis as usual rocked the stage with popular hits and gave fans a reason to head-bang while Yatri’s melodic tunes made hearts warm. Band ‘Different Touch’ was another attraction of the event. They had rocked the scene in the early 80’s and 90’s. The band, however, became inactive in the late 1990s when three members of the band went abroad permanently and vocalist Misbah took over his family business in Khulna following his father’s death. However, in 2013 they made a comeback and are still growing strong ever since then. Audience was simply mesmerized to witness them on stage. As they began their performance with the song “Baba bolto, boro hoe nei khoka, toke nie jabo ekdin, oi paharer churai..”, people cheered out loud. They also did other tracks such as “Mon ki je chai,” “Poraner bondhu re,” etc. Band members added that they were very proud and happy to be a part of such a noble initiative.
This concert was special for so many reasons and one of the reasons was the band ‘Miles’. The band’s vocalist and bassist Shafin Ahmed had earlier left the band over disputes with other members. But he had recently rejoined his team. Miles wrote on its Facebook page that the members had resolved their differences and happy to be together again. While fans had seen them on different TV channels during Eid, it was simply refreshing to witness the legends live after they had reunited. They were the last to perform in the event and the audience simply could not have enough of their spectacular performance.
All in all, it was a great event with great people all around and a great cause. What would make this event even greater and more memorable is the expectation that people would act upon it. It is up to us to make our homes cleaner. Dhaka is our home as well and we all need to work together to keep this city clean and