Fans gather at the Central Shaheed Minar to pay tributes to Ayub Bachchu. Photo: UNB
Dhaka, Oct 19 (UNB) – People from all walks of life on Friday paid their last tributes to celebrated guitarist, songwriter, composer and singer AyubBachchu at the Central ShaheedMinar when millions of fans in every corner of the country and abroad are mourning the irreparable loss.
The body of the popular singer, carried by an ambulance, reached the ShaheedMinar around 10:25am.
The body was kept there until 12:30pm giving a chance to his fans, well-wishers and followers to see him for the last time.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister ObaidulQuader, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, SommilitoSangskritikJote leaders including eminent drama personality Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, AyubBachchu’s colleagues, fellow musicians, artistes and cultural activists along with people from all walks of life gathered there to pay their respects.
Singers, musicians, cultural personalities and fans started crowding the venue since early morning. After arrival of the body, they placed wreaths on the coffin of Bachchu. They also observed one minute’s silence paying homage to the genius.
Talking to the reporters ObaidulQuader said, “We are shocked at the untimely death of AyubBachchu. I pray for the salvation of the departed soul.”
The fellow colleagues who had the opportunity to work closely with AB were sharing sorrows with each other recalling their memories with the rock star.
Huge members of law enforcers were deployed at the Central ShaheedMinar who had to struggle to manage the crowd.
Noted singer and composer Nakib Khan who knew Bacchu since his early life said AyubBachchu will remain alive in their hearts.
“It’s an irreparable loss,” he said adding that Bachchu was not just a singer rather he was also a songwriter and composer.
Fahmida Nabi said this vacuum will exist as a golden chapter ends. “We are deeply saddened with his family members and millions of fans across the country. We pray for his departed soul.”
From the Central Shaheed Minar, the body was taken to National Eidgah where his first namaj-e-janaza was held after Jumma prayers joined by thousands of people.
The body was taken to his own studio AB Kitchen in city’s Moghbazar area where his second namaj-e-janaza was eld.
The third namaj-e-janaza was held at Channel i premises. Later, the body was kept at the mortuary of Square Hospital.
Bachchu will be buried next to his mother at their family graveyard in Chattogram on Saturday. His son and daughter are scheduled to arrive home from Australia and Canada respectively early Saturday.
He left behind his wife, a son and a daughter, alongside a huge number of relatives, disciples and admirers to mourn his death.
The rock legend and founder of musical band LRB died of a heart attack in Dhaka on Thursday at the age of 56.
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 (dusthoshilpi) – to the museum,” said Bachchu, 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 Chattrogramwith 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 showed a patriotic soul once he took to wrapping up each of his live concerts to the tune of national anthem “Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami TomaiValobasi” 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.