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Tehsin
August 14, 2004, 12:31 AM
Anyone coming to fobana 2004 ? Let me know, I may be able to meet up with you on sunday. :)

Rubu
August 15, 2004, 12:53 AM
this is the second time today i'm hearing this word (2nd time in life as well). a coworker told me he is going to fobana. what is it?

Zobair
August 15, 2004, 12:56 AM
I believe it stands for Federation of Bangladeshi Associations (in) North America. They have these events every year if I am not wrong. Often they are mired in BNP-AL disputes. At times there are even parallel events going on sponsored by the rival groups. sigh! I do however have one pleasant memory of the one that was held in Montreal. I got to watch James in a concert!

Edited on, August 15, 2004, 5:57 AM GMT, by pompous.

Edited on, August 15, 2004, 5:58 AM GMT, by pompous.

Tehsin
August 15, 2004, 02:09 AM
this one will have some big name bd artists this year. This would be my first time and thanks for reminding me that there may be a bnp/al spat depending on who is where. It's sad really, how can anyone in their right mind support any of these groups ? I heard about troubles in one of the previous fobana's.

the website is fobana2004.com. If you want to find out who is coming. Prof Younis and Hilary Clinton are listed in their flyers as well as artists like Baby Naznin, Alamgir (my fav), Rafiqul Alam, Shakila Jafar, Subir Nandi, Hassan (?) etc.

Orpheus
August 15, 2004, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by tehsin
Alamgir (my fav),

I saw this dude smoking a blunt at jackson heights.. and no one even recognized him.. Me being - very knowlegeable - recognized that wrinkly black face... Since I am so friendly -

I went up to him... arrey fokir bhai na?
Alam: ji bhai..
me : Sokina kemon ache
Alam: ji? sokina ke?
Me: Sokinar kotha bhuila gechen..eita to ulta case.
Alam: Apne bangali
Me: apaner loge ki ami etokhon chineese koichi
Alam: na ta bolen nai... bolen ki laghbe.. autograph?
Me: Amar kaache kintu khata kolom kichui nai...
Alam : amar kaache kolom ase.. apner shirt e sign kori.
Me: bhai eita amar ekmatro shirt - maaf koira den.
Alam: O accha. amar jete hobe.
Me : alright bhai... apnaar shathe kotha bole khub bhalo laglo... Sokinanare boilen ami salam dichi.

Alam walks away... and lights up another one :)

Unless ofcourse you are talking about that Paki Alam... I had a nice chat with him too.. next time bolbo.

Zobair
August 15, 2004, 02:45 AM
I hear Alamgir is hardworking cabbie in the streets of NYC these days.

Nasif
August 15, 2004, 02:53 AM
Originally posted by Orpheus
Unless ofcourse you are talking about that Paki Alam... I had a nice chat with him too.. next time bolbo.

That paki alamgir is not paki at all. He went to mirzapur cadet college and comes often to sing for mcc reunion. I have met him in reunion. He sings very well (not lipsyncing), real on stage singing :)

I don't think he goes to paki anymore. He is parmenantly in Bangladesh now, afaik.

billah
August 15, 2004, 05:34 AM
Originally posted by pompous
I hear Alamgir is hardworking cabbie in the streets of NYC these days.

Which one? Fakir Alamgir?

sheshprohor
August 15, 2004, 01:51 PM
"o shokhina gechos kina vuilla amarey, ami ohon taxi chalai NY shohorey."




Prohor

Tehsin
August 15, 2004, 07:27 PM
the bangla-paki alamgir with "tomra bhule gecho mollikader naam..." and all, that's the one I like.
I also like Fakir Alamgir (may be not the sakhina song but he's got some others).

Pundit
August 16, 2004, 12:59 AM
I hope to be their, but more so hope to tactically avoid the BNP-AL bickering (daytime), and just attend the cultural stuff (night-time).

Tehsin, wear a Banglacricket cap or something, so that I recognize you :)

And I'll put on my -------- hat !!

Cheers, and may all Bengalees have a good time.

Zobair
August 16, 2004, 03:03 AM
Originally posted by billah
Originally posted by pompous
I hear Alamgir is hardworking cabbie in the streets of NYC these days.

Which one? Fakir Alamgir?

Yep! Fakir Alamgir shaheb.