• Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
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Pall of gloom descends on Chittagong

  • Published at 12:14 am October 19th, 2018
Ayub Bachchu heralded the culture of performing live across the nation Courtesy: Bayezid Bin Waheed

Ayub Bachchu started his music career in his hometown with the band 'Feelings' in 1978

A pall of gloom and grief descended on Chittagong on Wednesday after the news of the death of pioneering musician Ayub Bachchu reached his hometown. 

Childhood friends, neighbours, relatives, and fans thronged the artist’s family home in the Enayet Bazar area of the port city.  

The popular musician’s cousin, Solaiman Khoka, said he could not believe that Robin - a nickname of AB - was no more. 

“He struggled throughout his life for music, then he went to Dhaka and won the hearts of millions of people," he said.

Abdullah Al Mehraj, another cousin, said that it was Ayub Bachchu’s last wish to be buried beside his mother - who died in 2004 - at Chaitanya Goli graveyard on Station Road.

As such, Ayub Bachchu's body will be brought to Chittagong for burial on Saturday. 

Bachchu was the son of Haji Mohammad Ishuque Chowdhury and Nurjahan Parvin. He grew up in a joint family surrounded by cousins, aunts and uncles.

"Robin was a naughty boy (but) he was a person with dreams,” the artist’s childhood friend, Md Shahed, said. “His untimely death is bolt out of the blue for us."

Ayub Bachchu started his music career in his hometown with the band “Feelings” in 1978. 

From 1980 to 1990, he was lead guitarist of “Souls” and finally in 1991, he formed his own band, LRB (Love Runs Blind).

LRB released its first album as a double album in 1992, which contained hard rock songs like "Madhobi""Hoker""Sesh Cithi keno amon Cithi hoy""Happy" and "Dhakar Sondha".

Ayub Bachchu made his solo debut in the music industry with the song “Harano Bikeler Golpo”.

Ayub Bachchu always tried to do something for the budding musicians of Chittagong. To that end, he founded a platform for young musicians on the rooftop of a local restaurant in the port city's Nasirabad area, which he called 'AB Lounge'.

"I was born in Chittagong, therefore I wish to do something for Chittagong,” Bachchu said. “I want to create a platform for the promising musicians of Chittagong."

Opened only in August this year, AB lounge gives a fortnightly platform to two upcoming bands from Chittagong. Ayub Bachchu himself remained connected online during every performance.

Bachchu’s childhood friend Ahmed Nawaz said the artist was an “iconic figure” among the musicians of the country.

"The young artists consider Bachchu as a role model and come to musical arena inspired by him," he said.