Bangladeshi Musician Ayub Bachchu No More

by October 23, 2018 0 comments

Ayub Bachchu Celebrated Bangladeshi guitarist, composer, and singer Ayub Bachchu passed away following a cardiac arrest. He was a member of the band Love Runs Blind.

Ayub Bachchu loved to perform on stage. Not only was he passionate about singing and playing the guitar for his fans at shows, he also loved to talk and carry on addas at his studio with visitors, sharing anecdotes for hours on end.

The singing and spoken voice has fallen silent as he breathed his last on Thursday.

Bachchu formed LRB after 10 long years of practice for perfection in 1991 and it is the only Bangla rock band which played in famous Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Bachchu performed live with Richard and Le Gang (France), Remo Fernandez, Nandon Bugchi, and Bikram Gosh of India; and Azam Khan (singer), Feelings (now NogorBaul), Miles, Warfaze and many more.

In 2012 after he suffered his first cardiac arrest, Bachchu  tried to bring about some lifestyle changes, only so he could carry on with his live performances. Not only did he compromise on food that he was passionate about, he also tried to sleep at decent hours, trying to give his body the rest it needed. Instead of kacchi biryani and parata rolls his studio was now filled with fresh fruits, delicious vegetable dishes and healthier options for snacks.

Despite the changes, he succumbed to a cardiac arrest at his Moghbazar residence at the age of 56.

The famous singer had been suffering from heart disease for long and the performance rate of his heart was 30 per cent, he said.

The legendary singer was buried beside his mother’s grave in his home district Chattogram.

Bachchu, the lead guitarist of musical band ‘LRB’ (Love Runs Blind), was born in Chattogram on August 16, 1962 and made his debut in the music industry when he sang Harano Bikeler Golpo. He started the band Feelings in 1978. Then he joined the band Souls in 1980. Later on he formed  LRB.

In 1986, he released his first music album Rakto Golap.  His success story began when his second album Moyna was released.

He came close to listeners by releasing the third album Koshto in 1995. The album was super hit. The song Koshto Pete Bhalobasi touches the listeners’ heart intensely.

Ayub Bachchu became a heartthrob singer overnight across the country for the heart touching song.

Although he was a rock singer he impressed the listeners with modern, classic and folk songs.

His fans also flooded the social media platforms expressing their deepest condolences to the iconic figure of the country’ music industry.

He wanted his creations to be appreciated and respected but he was also very possessive—about his identity, his country, his songs, band, his studio and the people he loved and sacrificed for. He would work hard but would always acknowledge the good work done by his rival.

Last year, the national copyright office in Bangladesh went digital and recognised Ayub Bachchu as the first male musician to have his profile recorded online.

At an age where he should have been relaxing and enjoying his life, like all musical legends do all over the world, Ayub Bachchu was busy with live shows, sometimes too many for his own good.

Besides the fact that he liked doing shows, was it also because, unlike the other countries with proper laws and royalty system, it is difficult in Bangladesh for a musician to survive otherwise.

Maybe that is what in the end cost him — his life.

Writer: Team Viva

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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