London: Eastern Euphony, a city-based group engaged in spreading Indian music in UK, paid a tribute to Bengal’s matinee idol Uttam Kumar in front of a packed Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium on 23 November. Ani Bardhan, Joy Bhowmik, Riddhi Bardhan, Rukma Bardhan, and Debasish Golder sang songs from the actor’s films. Renowned artiste from Bangladesh, Gouri Chowdhury, also performed at the event. The show, titled ‘Mahanayak’ was presented by Sanchita Das.
The music for the concert was arranged by percussionist Arunava Bardhan, while Amith Dey and Kolkata-based senior artiste, Subrata Mukhopadhyay (Babu) and others were in charge of the instrumentation.
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The evening was a trip down memory lane for Bengalis living in London. Eastern Euphony rendered songs from several Uttam Kumar hits that included Anthony Firingee, Deya Neya, Sanyasi Raja, Amanush and others. The group also organised a Kobi Gaaner Lorai. The entire show was backed by an audio-visual presentation on Uttam Kumar.
Eastern Euphony was formed in 2015 by Ani and Joy. They have since produced and performed in nearly 50 shows and have earned praise from the Bengali diaspora living in London and elsewhere across UK. The group now plans to hold concerts in other parts of Europe.