Dhakaiya Profession

Band Party-A Case Study

Posted in Band Party by rrasheeka on March 13, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Mr. Monzur Hossain refused to look at our direction while he was talking about how he came to be running the ‘Dhaka Band Party’. But his attempts to hide his face were futile. We could see the tears glistening in his eyes. When we saw him, he was sitting in a chair in front of his extremely small shop watching passers-by. He was the only person in the shop.

I turned my face away as I saw the tears in his eyes. I felt so helpless. For the last one month,his band has received only one call from one of the prominent Hindu families of old Dhaka to play at their son’s birthday party.

Why? I asked myself. Why was this person continuing with a profession where his earning was so low that he couldn’t even feed his family properly? Family profession was the answer. This profession has been the profession of not only his father but also his grandfather.

He feels that leaving this profession would be being disloyal to his father and forefathers. This is something that is very common in old Dhaka. Men find it a matter of pride to continue with the family profession even if the demand for the profession has fallen.

For the last ten or twelve years the demand for band parties have fallen drastically. Monzur’s employees,who play other instrument in the band have taken up other jobs.They play in the band as part-timers. Whenever something turns up,he calls this people up, and they come.They take payment by work. After paying them,there is only a very small amount of money left for himself.

By looking at this person I realised that life has not been fair to him. He looked older than he was because of the immense burden he carried.

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  1. mahmud said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I have decided that I want a band party on my marriage.


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