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Junoon spellbinds crowd at Folk Fest closing

  • Published at 09:02 pm November 17th, 2019
Junoon at Dhaka International Folk Fest
Members of Junoon perform at the closing day of Dhaka International Folk Festival on Saturday | YouTube

Junoon took the stage at 10 pm, and instantly transported the audience back to the 90s when their songs would dominate the South Asian music charts. Their biggest hit song Sayonee was performed twice on special request. When they played their high tempo songs like Garaj Baras, audiences, even in the not-so-sporty VIP area, got up on their chairs, and cheered on

Dhaka International Folk Fest ended its fifth edition on Saturday with an enthralling performance by Pakistani Sufi band Junoon. The alarmingly dense crowd at Bangladesh Army Stadium sang, danced, and roared in excitement as the headliners performed their hits spanning over two decades. 

Bangladeshi folk singer Malek Kawal kick started the closing night. His Qawwali performances were followed by Russian band Sattuma. Famous folk and playback singer Chandana Majumder worked the crowd with timeless Bangla songs that the crowd knew by heart, like Jao Pakhi Bolo Tare, Bhokti Dao He, Tumi Jano Nare Priyo, Amar Murshid Poroshmoni, and Dhonno Dhonno Boli Tare

Junoon took the stage at 10 pm, and instantly transported the audience back to the 90s when their songs would dominate the South Asian music charts. Their biggest hit song Sayonee was performed twice on special request. When they played their high tempo songs like Garaj Baras, audiences, even in the not-so-sporty VIP area, got up on their chairs, and cheered on. 

Salman Ahmad, from Junoon, gave short introductions to many of the songs before rendition. His briefs helped the audience connect with the history, thoughts, and traditions attached to these medieval Sufi songs. 

At one point, he praised the audience for being cosmopolitan, and asked them to speak two words in Urdu. That request, although met by an initial “boo,” was fulfilled by a large part of the crowd. The singer also talked about how the band flew 12,000 miles to get to Bangladesh, as a leg of their ongoing world tour.

Other songs played by the band included Lal Meri Paat, Mera Mahi, Muk Gaye Ne, Shama Paiyan, Sacha Sain Tu He, Zamane Ke Andaz, Yaaro Ehi, Dosti Hain, and Junoon