Arnob's 'friends' featured some regular faces such as Jewel Pantha Kanai on drums, Faizan R Ahmad Buno on bass, Nazrul Islam on Tabla, and Saadul Islam on electric guitar. There were some new and welcome additions to the group for yesterday's concert, such as Rabindra sangeet singer Sunidhi Nayak, raaga and sufi singer Soumyadeep Sikdar, cajón player Wadid Mahmood, popular jazz guitarist Imran Ahmed, and Nemesis's vocalist Zohad Reza Chowdhury
Shayan Chowdhury Arnob, a massively popular singer in Bangladesh, performed with his friends at a concert in Jamuna Future Park on Friday. The concert, titled Hariye Jaini Tobu, was organized by Xirconium, a private event management company based in Dhaka.
The concert organizers had a major fright when a sudden rain drenched the floor in front of the stage, but due to their efficient volunteers, none of the chairs or couches were ruined, and the ground was drained very soon. After the rain relented, there were long lines to enter the concert venue. The audience started streaming in at 6pm, and after two whole hours of restless wait, the concert began.
Arnob's "friends" featured some regular faces such as Jewel Pantha Kanai on drums, Faizan R Ahmad Buno on bass, Nazrul Islam on Tabla, and Saadul Islam on electric guitar. There were some new and welcome additions to the group for yesterday's concert, such as Rabindra sangeet singer Sunidhi Nayak, raaga and sufi singer Soumyadeep Sikdar, cajón player Wadid Mahmood, popular jazz guitarist Imran Ahmed, and Nemesis's vocalist Zohad Reza Chowdhury.
Arnob began the concert alone with a quaint solo performance of Ei Shohor Amar. For the next melodious number, Hariye Giyechi, he was joined by the guitarist Saadul Islam. After that Arnob was joined by the rest of his friends on stage, and he performed a duet of Rabindranath's song Ei Je Tomar with Sunidhi Nayak.
Arnob next performed some of his greatest hits, such as Hok Kolorob, Tomar Jonno, Bhalobasha Tarpor, She Je Boshe Ache, Nam Chilo Na, and Majhe Majhe Tobo to raucous applause.
There were some solos from Imran Ahmed, who performed with his jazz group Imran Ahmed Trio in Poland very recently, and Radio Shadhin's "god of sound" Buno.
One of the loudest moments in the concert was when Pantha Kanai performed the song Nouka. Arnob, Soumyadeep, Sunidhi, and Zohad cheekily gave back-up vocals to this song with the chant "Nouka," as an allusion to Pantha Kanai's performance of the same track in Gaan Bangla's Wind of Change.
Zohad performed an acoustic version of Kobe for the audience, after much request from Arnob. Zohad also performed the songs Rastai, and Adhkhana with Arnob.
Zohad and Imran
Regarding his return to the stage after a long break Zohad told the Dhaka Tribune Showtime: "As everyone knows we (Nemesis) took a break as each member of the band needed one after 20 years of constant music. We have not done shows in six months, but I am hoping to continue doing what we love. I am honoured to be here. Arnob is a great friend of mine, and a big brother figure. He asked me to sing a couple of songs with him so I just did."
Regarding the loud cheers for his performance of Kobe Zohad said: "I loved it. It feels like a blessing to see that we wrote something, and people enjoy listening to it. So I just feel blessed."
The audiences were entranced during the raaga song performances by Soumyadeep, who is popularly known as "Murshid," for his musical style. Sunidhee's range in Rabindra sangeet also held the audience in a similar trance.
Jazz sensation Imran told the Dhaka Tribune Showtime: "I met Arnob for the first time two months back. He asked me to perform, and this was my first show with him. The vibe within the group is really great. Many different styles of music is played by the group, with Sunidhee's Rabindra sangeet, and Soumyadeep's raga, and devotional songs. Yet, we all feel connected as kindred spirits due to our musician’s soul. I would love to perform with them again."
After the concert ended, Dhaka Tribune Showtime asked a few fans for their feedback after the concert. A longtime Arnob fan Anika said: "I have been listening to Arnob since I was about four years old. But I rediscovered his music when I was like 15. Ever since, I have been listening to him every single day, and night on repeat. This is my second time watching him, but it is still unreal for me. The show was amazing. Nobody should miss out on the next one."
Another fan Mahir said: "I like all songs by Arnob, but Tomar Jonno is my favourite. I thank the organizers for this, and I hope more such concerts are arranged. Metal concerts are great, but these kinds of concerts will bring in more people."