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Arnob, his friends move audience with fusion songs

Cultural Correspondent

Arnob & Friends presents a song at the concert.Arnob & Friends presents a song at the concert.

It appeared an interesting and entertaining fusion as musician Arnob and his friends played the very famous traditional sari song Nao Chhariaye De with a different music setting.
Arnob & Friends started the song, recorded by the legendary singer Abbasuddin Ahmed, with a prolonged prelude of the percussions of the traditional dhol, played by Nazrul Islam, and the rhythm of western drums, played by Jewel Pantha Kanai.
The instant punch of plucking of the guitars along with Arnob’s melodious voice uttering the words from the mid-stave of the song, Urali birali baye nao-er badam nare, created the required rhythm and tempo of the sari song, traditionally associated with the boat race in the rural Bangla.
The singer subsequently continued the three lines from the mid-stave and then switched to the first line of the song Nao chhariya de pal uraiya de.
Singer-composer Shayan Chowdhur Arnob’s band Arnob & Friends presented 25 fusion songs and original numbers at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre at Gulshan on Saturday.
The show began with the presentation of a popular Tagore song — Ami Marer Sagor Pari Dibo — in his signature composition and style and immediately got huge response from the hall-full audience.  
The delighted audience kept on requesting their favourite numbers and Arnob quenched their thirst presenting original numbers such as Hariye Giyechhi, Hok Kalorob, Tomar Jannya, Amay Dhore Rakho and Se Je Bose Achhe.
But the most joyous part of the evening was the fusion songs rendered in the band’s soothing, at times rocking, and soulful style. The chemistry of instruments and vocals spread the spell of joy at the programme.
In fact, brilliant dhuli Nazrul, Pantha Kanai on drums, Buno on bass, Saad on lead guitar created the spell.  
Arnob’s presentation of songs such as Laal Paharir Deshe Ja, Amar Haar Kala, Tagore songs Majhe Majhe Tobo Dekha Pai, Prachanda Garjane captivated the audience.
The audience enjoyed his marvelous presentation of Mon Tore Parlam Na Bujhaitem, track from the debut album of Arnob’s former band Bangla, which had been originally recorded by folk singer Mujib Pardesi in the 1980s.  
Besides Arnob, Pantha Kanai and Nazrul Islam also moved the audience with their presentations.  
Popular singer and drummer Pantha Kanai gave a beautiful presentation of Sachin Dev Burma’s popular song Mono Dilo Na Badhu. Kanai was almost forced to render another Burman’s classic Shono Go Dakhina Hawa.
The singer also presented the romantic playback number-Ore Nil Doriya.
Dhuli Nazrul Islam also got plaudit rendering traditional songs such as Fakir Lalon Shah’s Maner Manush Chinlamnare and Jalal Khan’s Bhab Taronge in his slightly rustic but pleasing voice.
‘It was marvelous show. I enjoyed all the songs’, said an audience Faria Hasan.
‘Arnob and Pantha are brilliant singers,’ said a delighted Arif Reza.

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