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James weeps for Ayub Bachchu

  • Published at 09:55 pm October 19th, 2018


After that James started playing a sad tune on his guitar that was heard in the entire neon-illuminated stadium. Tears of grief kept streaming down his cheeks as he continued playing, making the thousands in attendance weep as well. For four minutes and 14 seconds the entire stadium had pin-drop silence, while James was grieving on his guitar

James wept during his performance at a concert in Barguna on Thursday. His reason for such rare display of emotion was due to the news of Ayub Bachchu’s death, which occurred on Thursday morning shocking the entire country.

Nagar Baul James got on stage at 9:27pm amid cheers from everyone present at the Barguna district stadium, where the concert was held. James stopped the audience from cheering by saying, “I am not in any state to sing today. However, I recalled something that Bachchu Bhai (brother) said to me once. He said for us musicians there is a proverb in English which is ‘the show must go on.’ Therefore I came to sing.”

After that James started playing a sad tune on his guitar that was heard in the entire neon-illuminated stadium. Tears of grief kept streaming down his cheeks as he continued playing, making the thousands in attendance weep as well. For four minutes and 14 seconds the entire stadium had pin-drop silence, while James was grieving on his guitar.

After regaining his composure he began a song only to break into another episode of grief. This time he apologized to the audience and left the stage. 

The fans were silently watching and were probably thinking that James might not return to perform. However, James returned and sang widely popular songs such as, “Guru, ghar banaila ki diya,” “Maa,” “Kabita” and many others. He did not perform songs from any other artistes, but he dedicated the concert to the deceased rock maestro Ayub Bachchu at the end of his performance.

Before James, Pulok performed his set by starting and ending with a Bachchu song. After Pulok disembarked, the screens on the stage played few popular Ayub Bachchu songs, such as “Rupali Guitar” and “Meye.” At one point the people stood up to pay respect to the deceased legend. 

Next, Dalchhut’s Bappa Mazumder got on stage and wished peace upon the departed legend’s soul. He began his set with a cover of “Shei tumi keno ochena hole” and requested that all pray for Ayub Bachchu.

The concert was the 17th organized to celebrate development in Bangladesh with the slogan “Oprotiroddho Ogrojatrai Bangladesh.” It was organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs with the full support from the Deputy Commissioner of Barguna. 

The concert began at 4pm with a group performance from the artistes of the Shilpakala Academy of Barguna. Pulok, Mehreen, Bappa Mazumder and James performed next.