By Momo Quazi
This year 5 different organizations of Toronto have arranged “The 2nd Combined Bangla-Mela” which was one of the highest crowded and successful fairs in this summer. There was no space left in that huge parking lot of Shamim Chowdhury ‘s banquet hall “ Grand Palace “ parking lot. People were even siting on the ground and they stayed until the sweet ending.
All the great stars in Toronto have amazed the audience. Munira Munni, Tajnin Sohana, Nasrin Khan, Alamgir Muhammad, Nobel Chowdhury, Suniti di, Shumi Barman, Gouri Das,Momo Quazi were simply amazing. Listeners danced and sang along with these singers. And the tiny dancers presented by Aruna Haider and Biplab Kar was mesmerizing. The costumes were adorable and the performance was breathtaking.
The stars and the main attraction of the show was the 2 celebrity ladies who came all the way from Bangladesh just to sing the songs of Bangladeshi root – Nurjahan Alim – the fantastic folk singer and Rumana Morshed Kanak Chapa- the legendary singer of Bangladesh. The entire community was excited to have these 2 among them and finally when they have got to listen to them singing they really loved it.
The entire evening was anchored by very famous faces of the community Azanta Chowdhury, Farhana Ahmed and Momo Quazi.
The event was successful because it had a great foundation, planning, organization and dedication. Many great people are behind it, Arif Ahmed, Zakaria Chowdhury , Milad Choudhury. Reshad Choudhury, Ahad Khandakar and many more people were among them. It was a long event but keeping it interesting for that long is a challenge and “ Bangla-Mela” did it very smoothly with the performers and the stars.
“Bangla-Mela” was greeted by the very first Bangladeshi MPP Doly Begum in person. There were York regional police chief Mr. Eric Jolliffe ‘s 2 amazing members of the diversity, equity and inclusion bureau s/sgt Alice Tsang and Cst. Amaree Watkis. Aso the honourable president of National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) Mr.Thomas Saras and the city councilor candidate from Scarborough Southwesy Ward 20 Sonny Mir. They all have presented their respective speeches. The “Bangla-Mela” was ended with the beautiful words of the anchors, Akhlaque Hossain, Anisur Rahman and Russell Siddiqui. People were happy and the program got many great reviews afterwards.