So, finally it happened. After months of careful planning, late evening weekly calls and focused execution by all organizers and volunteers, Lipilekha finally hosted one of its largest fundraisers till date featuring legendary Bengali band Chandrabindoo (চন্দ্রবিন্দু). None of the roadblocks (financing worries, venue cancellation just weeks before the event) were big enough to stop the team from keeping a cool head and executing the planned strategy. So finally on Saturday 27-October 2018, the concert was finally staged in the auditorium at Pleasantville High School.
Members of the community started arriving at the venue around 5:30pm to enjoy the evening. Below are some pics as everyone was waiting for the auditorium doors to open in order to get to their allotted seats. Last two pics in the below grid are of our strongmen guarding the doors in the meantime.
Lead vocalists Upal Sengupta and Anindya Chatterjee with Rajshekhar Kundu (drums), Surojit Mukherjee (guitar), Sibabrata Biswas (keyboard) instantly got the audience submerged in nostalgia with some of their notes from the past. These included hit numbers like Juju, Sweetheart, Dudh na khele, etc.
The music eventually ended up bringing the audience to their feet and soon the auditorium became a dance floor
While singing ‘Hobe na Bhalo chhele’ the band suddenly realized that their Bhalo Chhele Chandril Bhattacharya was missing from the stage and invited him to take the microphone. The auditorium was soon filled with bursts of laughter in response to Chandril’s witty speech covering everything from Durga Pujo, Indo-US cultural confluence (awesome 👍), বাঙালীর ঘাড়ে ব্যথার কারণ as well as world politics and democracy. Mixed with relevant songs written by Chandrabindoo, the audience was indeed captivated by the diversity of the presentation.
And finally everyone was on the stage
with old friends getting back
more participation from everyone
Felicitations as we reach the end of the evening, starting with our guest singer
Singer Shakuntala Sanyal was greeted by our General Secretary Monali Ghosh
and finally the entire band was greeted by Board member Titania Gupta
And gave us more memories
The evening finally came to an end with closing remarks delivered by our Board Chair Sankha Ghosh and Lipilekha President Deep Gupta. A content smile from our cultural secretary Partha Choudhury confirms that the event was indeed a success.