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Tributes pour in for Ayub Bachchu

  • Published at 04:15 am October 19th, 2018
Ayub Bachchu's coffin to Central Shaheed Minar
People from all walks of life pay tribute to the legendary singer Ayub Bachchu at the Central Shaheed Minar, on October19, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The musician will be laid to rest at his family’s graveyard, in his hometown of Chittagong, on Saturday

Thousands of people from all walks of life thronged the Central Shaheed Minar premises on Friday, to bid farewell to legendary rock star Ayub Bachchu.

Bachchu died in Dhaka on Thursday morning, at the age of 60. At 10:22am Friday, his body was taken to the Shaheed Minar and kept there for two hours for those who wished to pay their respects.

Leaders of various political, social, and cultural organizations waited in long queues alongside Bachchu’s fans to pay tribute to the iconic guitarist and singer.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor failed to hold back his tears while reminiscing about the legendary rock star.

On behalf of the ruling Awami League, party General Secretary Obaidul Quader said: “He (Bachchu) took band music to another level in Bangladesh. I believe the new generation of musicians will carry on his legacy and strive to match his dedication to music, as he was the one who showed them the way.”

Tanjir Tuhin, former vocalist of Shironamhin, said: “Bachchu Bhai always seemed evergreen, even though he was older than us. When he wrote songs or played music, he did so with genuine love. Let us live by his example.” 

Feedback band member Fuad Naser Babu said:  “He was passionate and hard working all the time. He was an institution unto himself. Thousands of young guitarists were inspired to play the instrument after watching his skill.”

The casket with Ayub Bachchu's body arrives at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, on Friday; October 19, 2018 | Mahmud Hossaun Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Song and Jingle artist Sumona Haque was seen walking alone at the Shaheed Minar. After initially avoiding journalists, she said: “I had worked with him (Bachchu) since the 1980s. We shared many memories, which are now running through my mind. He left us at the peak of popularity in the music industry. Thousands of people came here to pay tribute and show their love for him.”

On behalf of the Dhaka University (DU) authorities, DU Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Muhammad Samad placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar along with fellow teachers.

Kawshik, a fan of Bachchu who works at the business development department of Meena Bazar, said: “Ayub Bachchu is a singer whose popularity spanned three generations. My mother, daughter and I all love his songs. We wish him eternal peace.”

Artists Robi Chowdhury, Kumar Biswajit, Safin Ahmed, Nakib Khan, Nasim Ali Khan, and Tapan Chowdhury also paid tributes to Bachchu.

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Bachchu’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at the National Eidgah after Jumma prayers. Later, his body was taken to the Square Hospital mortuary.

The musician will be laid to rest at his family’s graveyard in his hometown of Chittagong on Staurday.

His bereaved fans flooded social media platforms after news of his death, lamenting the loss of an iconic figure of the country’s music industry.

In 1991, he formed his own band, LRB, for where he was the lead guitarist and vocalist. Before establishing his own band, he was a part of music band “Souls” for ten years.

He debut in the music industry with the song “Harano Bikeler Golpo.”

In 1986, he released his first music album “Rakto Golap.” He found success with his second album “Moyna” in 1989.

Fans of Ayub Bachchu wait in queue to pay tribute to the iconic musician, at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Friday; October 19, 2018 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

He became a fan favourite with his third album, “Koshto,” in 1995. The album was a massive hit, and the song “Koshto Pete Bhalobasi” is famous for tugging at listeners’ heartstrings.

This heartwarming song propelled him to stardom.

He was a revolutionary rock singer in the country, and he impressed his listeners with modern, classic, and folk songs.

Bachchu’s illustrious career saw him perform live with: Richard and Le Gang (France); Remo Fernandez, Nandon Bugchi, and Bikram Gosh of India; Azam Khan; Feelings (now Nogor Baul); Miles; Warfaze; and many more.

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