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Ghaashphoring performs at Women’s Day special program ‘Manusi’

  • Published at 10:31 pm March 15th, 2019
The Ghaashphoring Choir at Manusi, held EMK Center
Ghaashphoring Choir performs their own renditions of classic Bangla songs at 'Manusi,' an event held at EMK Center for celebrating womanhood | Courtesy

The singers at this event were: Armeen Musa, Deepti Huq, Sadia Rahman, Scionara Shehry, Farah Mehnaz Oyshee, Sohara Mehroze Shachi, Sadia Seraj Saba, Rezia Momo, Tasmia Kamal Proma, Tahmid Hussain, Bishal Dhar, Nandanangshu Dhrubo, Jubair Niloy, and Tamvir Hossain Srijon. Moinak Kunango played the guitar, Rakil Alam was on Cajon, and Armeen Musa played the keyboard. Poet, writer, and journalist Samira Sadeque, also sang with Ghaashphoring in a few of the songs, but most enchanting was her recitation of her own poems, presented between the songs

The Ghaashphoring Choir performed in a beautiful event titled “Manusi,” organized at the Edward M Kennedy (EMK) Center yesterday. The event was organized to celebrate womanhood, women's day, Women’s History Month, motherhood, feminism, and the feminine in each and every one of us. 

The singers at this event were: Armeen Musa, Deepti Huq, Sadia Rahman, Scionara Shehry, Farah Mehnaz Oyshee, Sohara Mehroze Shachi, Sadia Seraj Saba, Rezia Momo, Tasmia Kamal Proma, Tahmid Hussain, Bishal Dhar, Nandanangshu Dhrubo, Jubair Niloy, and Tamvir Hossain Srijon. Moinak Kanungo played the guitar, Rakil Alam was on Cajon, and Armeen Musa played the keyboard.

Poet, writer, and journalist, Samira Sadeque, also sang with Ghaashphoring in a few of the songs, but most enchanting was her recitation of her own poems, presented between the songs.

The event began at 7:30pm with Armeen Musa’s opening remarks, where she talked about the importance of celebrating womanhood and International Women’s Day. The small stage on which Ghaashphoring performed, had approximately 70 chairs set out for the audience and all of them were occupied. There were about 100 people in attendance. 

Samira Sadeque recited one of her own poems to begin the event, which was followed by a beautiful performance of “Mayabono Biharini” by just the women of the choir. The singers were Sadia, Scionara, Deepti, Saba, Proma, Oyshee, Rezia, Sohara, Samira and Armeen.

After the opening song Tahmid, Srijon, Dhrubo, Bishal and Niloy joined the singers on stage.

Then Ghaashphoring performed covers of “Bebak Bebagi” and “Chaina Bhabish.” Both songs are by popular musician Shayan Chowdhury Arnob. The lyrics for “Chaina Bhabish” were penned by Sahana Bajpaie. 

Ghaashphoring also performed Anuseh Anadil’s “Maa” in honour of Women’s Day. They also performed a unique  rendition of “Aaha ki Anondo Akashe Batashe,” the classic song by Anup Ghoshal from Satyajit Ray’s “Heerak Rajar Deshe.”

Ghaashphoring’s performance of “Prithibita naki choto hote hote” was as electric as ever, and led many of the audience  to sing along with them. 

The band performed their own version of some classic wedding songs such as “Leelabali” and “Sohag Chaand,” and also sang a song from their soon to be released album, titled “Kichu Kotha Kichu Gaan.” 

Tahmid Hussain told Dhaka Tribune Showtime: “Our album will be released at the end of June this year, and we will have a launching ceremony for it. It will be released on YouTube, but we will have some CDs to distribute among our fans.”

The best part of their performance was a segment in which they covered some classic Bangladeshi songs like: “Cholo na ghure ashi,” “Bhalo achi bhalo theko,” and “Akhon to shomoy bhalobashar.”

All the numbers were renditions of celebrated melodic songs, composed, arranged and performed under the direction of Armeen Musa.

The entire choir pose for a photo with poet Samira Sadeque, following the conclusion of 'Manusi' | Ata Mohammad Adnan