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A group of students, young professionals and music enthusiasts came together not too long ago, to celebrate their love for Bangla, Bangla music, and Bangla traditions and heritage. The Musical journey of Amra Kojon began in 2003. On February 9, 2003, Amra Kojon showcased 1000 year of Bangla Musical tradition, performed by more than 100 performers singing in unison on a filled –to- capacity Kresge Auditorium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. This unique endeavor was endearingly termed “A festival of Friends” and become the first ever successful attempt at putting aside all individual differences of nationality, political ideologies, ethnicity or religion, and coming together to present our language, our culture, our heritage, from one common platform, united by our passion – a love of Bangla music. Since 2003, Amra Kojon has presented numerous musical renditions like, “Daam Diya Kinachi Bangla (The Price We Paid for Our Bengal), “Gaan Amader Biswas-er Bhasha” (Let Music be the Language of Our Conviction), “Jibon Ganer Feriwala”, “Hazaar Bochorer Bangla Gaan” (1000 Years Musical tradition of Bengal) etc in North America and UK.
MUSIC IS THE LANGUAGE OF OUR CONVICTION
Amra Kojon presented a slice of bangle music and culture to a packed auditorium in the Morse School auditorium on April 22, 2006 to celebrate the Bengali New Year. Twenty of Amra Kojon’s best singers serenaded about 300 guests in a five-hour concert with instrumental and solo rendition of Bangla songs covering a wide range of styles, from classical to modern and folk. From the first strains of David Upegui’s trumpet to they final chorus “O Amar Desher Mati” saluting their motherland, this group of Bengali-speaking amateur musicians once again left their audience with a beautifully presented evening, one that many agreed took them back to their roots in India or Bangladesh
   
   
THE PRICE WE PAID FOR OUR BENGAL
This is the story of how a people paid the ultimate price for freedom. The country Bangladesh officially came into being through a people's liberation war in 1971. But her story of sacrifice spans more than 200 years of battle and bloodshed -- from British colonization to Pakistani oppression. Amra Kojon presented Abdul Latif's freedom song "Daam Die Kinechhi Bangla" or "I paid a price for my Bangla" that immortalizes the struggle and sacrifice of millions of Bengalis in a poignant freedom song.
   
   
THOUSAND YEARS OF BANGLA MUSIC

Music in Bengal, having evolved in the course of one thousand years, has accumulated in multifaceted, complex and rich tradition of songs. Cultural historians suggest that the fully formed, synchronized music appeared in the deltaic Bengal sometimes between 950 A.D. to 1200 A.D. This unique endeavor was weaved togather choronologically, to narrate Bengal's thousand year old musical tradition. The India New England cited the concert as a well coordinated confluence of vibrant colors, music, dance, passion and energy

   
   
MUSICAL NOMADS
Amra Kojon performed at a London concert on Sunday May 6 – celibrating Pohela Boishakh with both local and international Bangla music enthusiasts, Amr Kojon
   
   
THE MILLENNIUM GENERATION IN DIASPORA: Owning Our Future
Amra Kojon co-hosted the The Millennium Generation in Diaspora: Owning Our Future “ A two-day event with compelling documentaries, stimulating panel discussion, posters, and an evening of music”. This project was a collaboration between "Owning Our Future" , "South Asia Innitiative at Harver University" and "Amra Kojon".
   
   
RIVER SONGS OF BENGAL
50 of Amra Kojon members performed at the Tall Ships international festival in Newport, RI on June 30, 2007. This annual event, celebrating Tall Ships from all over the world, draws about 250,000 people over three days.Amra Kojon presented "River songs of Bengal," based on  songs and dances embellished with traditional instruments such as harmonium, tabla, mandira, and other percussion to introduce both fast and slow folk beats of Bangladesh. 


   
 
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