detailing the history and evolution of “group music”

Haque Faruk and Milu Aman talk about their latest post

February 18, 2022, 11:25 a.m.

Last modification: February 18, 2022, 11:29 a.m.

Banglar Rock Metal is set to launch at the Bangla Academy Book Fair. Photo: Collected

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Banglar Rock Metal is set to launch at the Bangla Academy Book Fair. Photo: Collected

During the 1960s, during the pre-independence era of Bangladesh, there was a rise of rock music in the country. Bangladeshi artists took inspiration from British and American rock music and fused it with elements of classical Bangla music and ‘adhunik’ music of the time. This trend continued for the next six decades.

Over time, artists began to develop their own distinct sound. This type of music was popularly called “group music” in the country. The movement led to the creation of iconic bands such as LRB, Souls, Feedback, Feelings (currently known as Nagar Baul), and many more. From the 1970s to the 2000s, it became one of the country’s most popular musical genres.

Like many aspects of Bangladeshi culture, the phenomenon has remained largely undocumented.

However, writer and journalist Haque Faruk approached Milu Aman with a proposal in June last year that is set to change all that.

Together they are about to launch a book, Banglar Rock Metal, detailing the history and evolution of “group music”. Banglar Rock Metal is set to launch at the Bangla Academy Book Fair.

Faruk and Milu have been affiliated with the music industry for over two decades.

Haque Faruk and Milu Aman. Photo: courtesy

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Haque Faruk and Milu Aman.  Photo: courtesy

Haque Faruk and Milu Aman. Photo: courtesy

“The book is divided into two parts. Initially, we explored the history and evolution of the genre. However, we later decided to present profiles for each group to summarize their story,” Faruk told The BusinessStandard.

“We’ve listed the bands in chronological order,” Milu added.

Banglar Rock Metal has around 100 bands ranging from pre-independence bands such as ‘Iolites’ to newer ensembles like ‘Shonar Bangla Circus’.

“You see, as unfortunate as it may be, we don’t have enough records or archives to document the history of this musical movement. So if anyone wants to know which bands were active in 1993 or what was Miles’ original line-up, they can check it out here. I want this publication to be treated as a reference book,” Milu said.

Faruk and Milu undertook and completed Banglar Rock Metal in just eight months. But it was not an easy effort.

Haque Farouk. Photo: courtesy

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Haque Farouk.  Photo: courtesy

Haque Farouk. Photo: courtesy

“I spent five days at the National Archives of Bangladesh collecting information for the book. I would go there as soon as the place opened, I was their very first visitor. old newspapers and magazines until they close it at night,” Faruk said.

Some group profiles have also proven to be more difficult to create than others.

“Four of the original members of ‘Aces’ (one of the most influential heavy metal bands in Bangladesh) are currently residing in Canada. I had contacted them through Facebook. It took more than two months to compile their whole story,” Faruk continued.

“We are also extremely grateful to all the musicians for their invaluable help. I can’t name a single band that hasn’t cooperated with us throughout this endeavor. We even sent copies of our work back to each band for verification,” Milu added.

Faruk and Milu hope to release Banglar Rock Metal last week at the Book Fair. The book will be published and distributed by ‘Anyaprokash’.

Snowy Aman. Photo: Collected

Snowy Aman. Photo: Collected


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