India-Pakistan-Bangladesh sing for peace
The American Centre and State Alumni organized a musical concert 'Sound of Peace' bringing together bands from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at Nazrul Manch here on Saturday evening.
The concert marked the grand finale of a year-long project titled 'Teach Peace to Reach Peace' that the State Alumni team worked on in close partnership with the American Center.
Director of the American Centre Jeffery Reneau said, "We should all work towards peace-especially in times like these. We will achieve peace and make significant progress."
The bands which enthralled the audience are Raeth from Pakistan, LRB from Bangladesh and India's own the 'sun shine boy' Suraj Jagan.
Bengali band Lakkhichhara first came to crack the stage with their rock numbers like 'ghure fire tai ak e kotha' and 'glicerine'.
After that Wajhi, the lead singer of Raeth, made fire on the stage with two or three sufi rocks like 'Teri Dewani', 'Bhula do' continuously changing the pitch and scale.
Earlier, the city's established music fraternity Usha Uthup, Nondon Bagchi of Hip Pocket, Anindyaa Chatterjee of Chandrabindu and Soumitra Ray of Bhoomi promoted the message of peace via the official radio partner Power FM and the U.S. Consulate Kolkata Facebook page.
Reneau added, "The Sound of Peace concert is another effort by the American Center to foster greater people-to-people connections by joining three neighboring countries - India, Bangladesh and Pakistan - to champion peace through the universal language of music. This is how you reach peace. And hats off to those who teach peace!"