I attended the show 'Proborton' put on by the McMaster Bangladeshi Students Association - which includes many of my friends - and was truly amazed at the quality of their performances. UofT has a very strong competition now, and the best part was that McMaster's show was free to attend, and fully sponsored. It drew a large crowd (about 200, which surprisingly was about what UofT drew last year).
There were not too many song and dance items (a personal regret) but more skits - which had really brilliant acting. The characters seemed to come alive - particularly the role of 'Rambo the gangster (bhai)', played by Rony. They introduced their band - Nikhoj - who played a couple of Bengali songs as well as the English hit 'Hotel California'. The grand finale - a stage thumping group dance by Screetch and his guys, was mind blowing. I did not realize it's possible to choreograph a break dancing routine to a slow song such as Habib's Esho Brishti (coincidentally my favourite Bengali song).
Overall, an evening well spent.
Pimp my ride.
The Song 'Ekta Gorur Gari-te' by Dan and Rifat.
A dance number.
A guitarist from Nikhoj.
More band action.
During the performance of Hotel California.
Rony is singing 'Adbhut Shei Cheleti' with full spirit.
Even Apple computers can crash - it's not just Windows.
The marriage skit - parents telling their son he has to marry.
The 'ghotok' in the center, telling the son (in yellow) about some girl he has never seen, while the Colonel father (left) roars his approval.
The 20-year-'old' girl who does not want to consider marriage.
Enter the Dancemaster - Screetch.
Screetch and his troupe.