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Remembering Ayub Bachchu with his greatest hits

  • Published at 08:38 pm October 18th, 2018
The guitar virtuoso displays his technique at a live performance Courtesy of Imtiaz Alam Beg Photography

Throughout a career that has spanned decades, Bachchu has produced hits consistently to resonate with the audience

The untimely death of rock legend and prolific musician Ayub Bachchu has served as a grim reminder of how much he contributed to the industry.

For most Bangladeshis, if not all, Ayub Bachchu was one of the earliest music acts while growing up over the past three decades.

In remembrance, we look back at some of his greatest hits throughout a dazzling career.

“Cholo Bodle Jai”, from the 1996 “Ferari” album, is widely considered one of the most enduring songs in Bangladeshi music. The iconic mournful intro is instantly recognizable, and Bachchu’s wavering baritone has been unsuccessfully imitated by countless others from fellow musicians to a brokenhearted fan on the streets.

“Ami To Preme Porini”, from Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s debut film “Bachelor” was composed to be a hit. The groovy licks accompanying Bachchu’s confident verses took very little time to catch up with the crowd.

In this bittersweet video, two legends Azam Khan and Ayub Bachchu perform together on the former’s “Bangladesh” song. The moment when the Pop Guru puts his arm Bachchu’s neck and rears his head back and cries at Bachchu to take it away, pure chills.

“Koshto Pete Bhalobashi” propelled the up-and-coming guitarist from Chittagong to national stardom. A song mouthed by romantics in the day and age.

This song has been going around the internet after news of his death broke. The quintessential farewell embodied in “Rupali Guitar” magnificently shows the brilliance of Bachchu’s songwriting and emphatic vocals.

A heavier-sounding, much faster track veering towards hard rock, Bachchu shreds effortlessly displaying his virtuosity.

A rare occasion when Bachchu performed “Ek Chala Tin Er Ghor” with his son. It is an incredibly moving scene when the father-son duo duel it out on the six strings.

The titular track from the Manna-starring film was an incredible success. Both the actor and the musician had massive public appeal, ensuring the song was going to be a gem for the mother-centric culture of Bangladesh.

A romantic ballad that Bachchu became synonymous with over his decades of musical journey