On February 9, 2003, Amra Kojon, or "a few of us," came together to showcase 1000 years of Bangla musical tradition, performed by more than 100 music-lovers singing in unison on a filled-to-capacity Kresge auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, MA.
The unique endeavor was endearingly termed "A Festival of Friends" and became the first ever successful attempt at putting aside all individual differences of nationality, political inclinations, 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.
Much like other news articles published on this event, The Boston Globe cited the Amra Kojon concert as their first opportunity to present Bengal in a positive context that did not involve floods, poverty, or suffering. In essence, that is exactly what we had set forth to do: to share OUR Bangla, our traditions, culture and heritage in all its splendor and glory.
Isn't it time we begin to realize our dream of presenting Bangla, now an international language, and Bangla music to the rest of the world?
Click Here to download a video clip of one of our performances.
Click on What's Next to see AK's upcoming endeavor...
Click Here to view some picture from the show.