Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – Since the demise of the Bengali rock music legend Ayub Bachchu, his fans have been sharing numerous messages and pictures, apart from the countless audiovisuals sharing on various social media remembering him.
Currently Ayub Bachchu (#AyubBachchu) is top of by Twitter Trends in Asia region.
This legend of Bangladeshi rock music has been trending near the top position since Thursday
Mourning the rockstar’s death, the US Embassy in Dhaka in a tweet wrote, “We're deeply saddened at the sudden demise of legendary Bangladeshi Pop artist Ayub Bachchu. He was a rock musician and one of the leading guitarists in the country. He was the founding member of the rock band #LRB #RIP.”
Many of his fans and well-wishers posted #RIPAyubBachchu in their social media pages adding his song “Ai Rupali Guitar Feley Ekdin Choley Jabo Durey Bohu Durey” (leaving this silver guitar will go far away). Most of the Tweets have ‘Rest in Peace’ hashtag.
The rock legend and musical band LRB founder died of heart attack in Dhaka on Thursday at the age of 56.
He was laid to rest next to his mother at their family graveyard in the Port City on Saturday.
Indian singer Sahana Bajpaie, who grew up on the singer’s songs, is heartbroken. “I was 12 when I first realised there is a Bengali musician who plays the guitar like Jimi Hendrix. He was one of the pioneers of Bengali rock music. My teenage was inspired by his music. He became a family friend when I was in Bangladesh,” she said.
We're deeply saddened at the sudden demise of legendary Bangladeshi Pop artist Ayub Bachchu. He was a rock musician and one of the leading guitarists in the country. He was the founding member of the rock band #LRB. #RIP— U.S. Embassy Dhaka (@usembassydhaka) October 18, 2018
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According to her, he never lived like a rock star despite his stardom.
“His simplicity was outstanding. His contributions to music will be remembered by generations to come,” she added. Music composer and percussionist Bickram Ghosh reminisced his collaboration with the legendary singer. “His passing is such a shock! So young, too soon to go. He was an iconic artist who ruled the hearts of an entire generation. We had collaborated some years back for a Bangla rock fusion show at the Salt Lake stadium.” Describing him as “down to earth” and “rooted”, Ghosh said.
“Our stage chemistry was palpable and I remember both of us having great fun while performing. I will always hold dear the fond memories of our collaboration and pray to the Almighty to grant peace to his soul. He will be sorely missed by scores of his fans.”
Composer Arindom Chatterjee said, “I have grown up on his songs. Not only did he have an amazing voice, but he also managed to capture the curiosity of an entire generation. It’s a big loss for the music industry.”
Indian Brand consultant Roopsha Ray Dasgupta, who personally knew Bachchu, is struggling to come to terms with the news. “’Sheyi Tumi Keno eto ochena holey’ is not just another song to me. It is a part of my life, my nostalgia. It is the first 'Opaar Bangla' song that left an indelible impression in the mind of a teenager. I would borrow our neighbour’s tape recorder and keep listening to it on holidays. I remember rewinding and playing to write the lyrics in the blood-red diary that I maintained.”
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - Bappa Mazumder, a prominent singer, lyricist and composer, has paid tributes to rock legend and musical band LRB founder Ayub Bachchu in a different way by sharing a short video clip where he played guitar on AB’s famous song ‘Ferari Ei Monta Amar.’
“Just to express my love, respect and gratitude to Bachchu Bhai and his enormous creations that he has given us and enriched Bangla music and made us proud as a nation,” he wrote sharing the video on his Facebook page.
“Thank U (you) Boss for ur (your) music. We will celebrate u (you) till we take our last breath. Take my bow ......,” wrote Bappa who had deep relations with AB.
At the end, Bappa wrote, “Can't control my emotions though.”
The body of Ayub Bachchu reached Chattogram on Saturday morning. A flight of US-Bangla Airlines carrying the body and his family members reached Shah Amanat International Airport around 10:55am.
The body, later, was taken to Ayub Bacchu's grandfather's (maternal) house at Madarbari in the port city.
Bachchu was buried next to his mother at their family graveyard on Saturday.
The rock star died of a heart attack in the capital on Thursday at the age of 56.
Chattogram, Oct 20 (UNB) - The rock legend and musical band LRB founder Ayub Bachchu who died of a heart attack in Dhaka was buried next to his mother at their family graveyard on Saturday.
Bachchu was laid to eternal rest after his namaj-e-janaza at Jamiatul Falah Jame Mosque in Dampara Wasa intersection area in Madarbari after Asr prayers.
Earlier, the body of Ayub Bachchu was brought to the port city around 10:55 am and was taken to his grandfather's (maternal) house at Madarbari.
Bachchu’s uncle Abdul Alim said the last wish of Ayub Bachchu was to lay in peace beside his mother’s grave.
On October 12, Bachchu went to Chattogram for a programme while he also visited his mother’s grave and told the caretaker of the graveyard about his last wish, he said.
He also showed the place where he chose to be buried after his departure, he added.
His son and daughter reached Bangladesh from Australia and Canada respectively on Friday night.
Earlier on Friday, people from all walks of life paid their last tributes to the celebrated guitarist, songwriter, composer and singer at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital.
The rock star died of a heart attack in Dhaka on Thursday at the age of 56.
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Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – “We need to take care of young talents. I am begging, please take care of young talents – guitarists, drummers or keyboardists, whoever he or she is,” this is how Bangladesh’s rock legend Ayub Bachchu, who unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, appealed to the public on behalf of up-and-coming musicians during a TV interview.
Having known the hardships budding artists have to endure, especially when starting out, the multi-talented singer and songwriter wanted to see young talents across the country get support for their growth.
“This music world is in an uncertain path. We need to protect the artists. We need to send the title – insolvent musicians (dustho shilpi) – to the museum,” said one of the true pioneers of the genre that became known as Bangla ‘band music’, mostly inspired by Western rock and roll acts.
Ayub Bachchu, who had started his music career from his birth place Chittagong with the band Feelings in 1978, before finding fame with one of Bangladesh’s most famous bands, Souls, on lead guitar and sharing vocal duties.
He would go on to leave Souls citing creative differences, and form LRB, essentially the closest thing in Bangladesh to a superstar vehicle, in which Bacchu acted as lord and master.
Bacchu betrayed a patriotic soul once he took to wrapping up each of his live concerts to the tune of national anthem “Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomai Valobasi” blaring from his guitar. Although knowing his rocker’s soul, he may just have been taking after one of his heroes Jimi Hendrix, who famously did the same with the US national anthem at a stage of his career.
Bacchu waited for long to introduce his son Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub, himself a budding guitarist, on the big stage.
“I wanted him (Ahnaf) to prove himself in a real way. I didn’t want to favor him as my son,” said Ayub Bachchu mostly known as AB.
The legendary name in the history of Bangladeshi Band music said though there are many young talents, everybody is scared of taking up music as profession.
“Being a father I was so happy to see my son playing guitar on big stage. But I was a bit sad, too,” he said on a note that this music industry does not provide a certain path.
Ayub Bachchu even wanted initiatives from the government to give priority to music industry, the way cricket was given priority from the state level.
In another TV conversation with singers Kumar Bishwajit and Bappa Mazumder, AB
recalled his early struggles from when he first came to Dhaka in the late Seventies, putting up at a cheap hotel with his five other friends. “We were sharing vegetable for 1 person because we had limited money.”
The rock star said they had faced such moments when singing in wedding party was the only means to earn little.
“I remember, one day we had to go to Patiya from Chattogram by a tiny human-hauler with instruments. When we reached the spot, we realized there was no electricity. Then we were asked to sing without instruments,” the band music star said acknowledging that the outcome is always sweet when success is earned through struggle.
“Nothing can be achieved through short-cut way. Nothing is possible without continuous struggle,” he used to believe.
Rocking all the way – Career Milestones
With tremendous fan acceptance AB is famous for his fabulous guitar playing. He joined the band Souls in 1980, one of the pioneers in the band movement of Bangladesh.
In 1991 AB left Souls after 10 long years of practice for perfection and formed LRB (Love Runs Blind). AB brought up LRB from the deepest of his impulse, its something beyond high devotion for music.
LRB started to play live gigs on the following years and their history of proceeding began. Millions of music loving people accepted their music with love.
With the eagerness to create something revolutionary LRB released their first debut in 1992, which was a double album of Bangladeshi music history and entirely a new concept in Bangladeshi music and to the listeners as well.
LRB believe in self-criticism, in the salvation of their souls. That is why the entity and the band remain unparalleled in their type of music.
LRB performed in thousands of concerts at home and abroad both indoor and open. They went for their first international tour in USA and they played at seven US States.
LRB is the only Bangla Rock Band which played their music in the famous Medicine Square Garden (New York), according to LRB official website.
AB was honored in IIM Joka 'Rock Fest' (India), Benson & Hedges Star Search 1 & 2, DRockstar 1 & many other local competitions as a Judge.
He had worked as a music director for late Khalid Hasn Milu, late Shaikh Ishtiaqe, Nasim Ali Khan, Tapan Chowdhury, Hasan Abedur Reza Jewel, Alam Ara Minu, Kaniz Suborna, Rupom and others.
Ayub Bachchu died of a heart attack in the city at the age of 56.