The concert was two hours long and each band performed for one hour each. How two bands finished sound check and performed their complete list of 'live' songs with a few requests thrown in the mix, is beyond me. The credit must go to the break night coordinator Archi Ananya, one of the leading organizers of IUB Ascension 2018
Cryptic Fate and Nemesis are two most popular bands of Bangladesh. It is very hard to find a person, among the current generation of Bangladeshis, who has not heard “Cholo Bangladesh” by Cryptic Fate or “Kobe” by Nemesis.
These two chart topping numbers of Bangladeshi music were played on the same amphitheatre of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) last Friday. The occasion was the ceremonial “break night” of IUB Ascension 2018, the biggest debate fest of South Asia this year. The break night is traditionally arranged to entertain the debaters for few hours, before the names of the teams going to knockout rounds are announced.
The concert was two hours long and each band performed for one hour each. How two bands finished sound check and performed their complete list of “live” songs with a few requests thrown in the mix, is beyond me. The credit must go to the break night coordinator Archi Ananya, one of the leading organizers of IUB Ascension 2018.
Let us attempt to grab a sense of the ambience. The amphitheatre’s stage is big enough for both band and their equipments. Three wide steps lead to the central courtyard surrounding the stage. The head bangers naturally positioned themselves on the centre court. Some of the crowd sat on the steps. Behind the steps four replicas of space ships seen on “Star Wars” were hanging in midair. The rest of the crowd was either standing next to the spaceships or the open balcony on the left of central courtyard.
Nemesis took the stage at exactly 7:00pm and finished sound check within 15 minutes. Their show lasted for 45 minutes in which they played some old hits like “Obocheton,” along with songs from their newest album “Gonojowar.” They finished their performance by 8pm with “Kobe,” that was requested off them from the very beginning by the crowd. Upon hearing the start of “kobe” the noise they made was deafening. Almost everyone present sang along with Nemesis and when they got off the stage, they were promptly flooded by debaters, adjudicators, volunteers and organizers, all with requests for selfies and autographs.
However, the flood of selfie-and-autograph seekers were in a dilemma as Cryptic Fate began their sound-check soon after. The heavy metal band began the show with the heavy metal number “Bhoboghurey.” Then they played “Bhore’r Opekkha” with an assortment of old hits. There was one song that they have not played live anywhere else that I cannot remember the title off, as I was busy head-banging throughout their performance.
As soon as they began the starting riffs of “Cholo Bangladesh” the cheers was probably heard all around Bashundhara residential area. I painfully realized the concert was about to end, but I sang along to it with as much pitch my voice can muster. So did everyone else.
As soon as Cryptic Fate left the stage the audience was surprised to hear that there is one more performance in store, a mesmerizing fire-show that is fast becoming a trademark of IUB Ascension. The fire show had five spinners, and lit everyone’s faces from time to time with fire breathing. Memories of fire-benders from the cartoon series “Avatar” were invoked. The rockstars have departed by then. The melancholy of an empty concert stage was slowly enveloping the amphitheatre. But the space ships remained hanging in midair.