Over the last three decades Ayub Bachchu enchanted his millions of fans by bringing out one after another hit songs, performing energetically in stage shows and creating magical tone on guitar. Listeners often found themselves lost in the realm of lyrics of his music some of which about death such as “Leaving this silver guitar, one day will go far away....”, “...if you hurt (me) more, (I’ll) fly away to the sky...” etc. But while staying in the thick of things and performing here and there, he is suddenly gone, this time forever!
The day before his demise on Thursday he performed in Rangpur and had a packed upcoming schedule. But death came all of a sudden and silenced the gifted voice only at 56, leaving the entire nation shrouded in shocking suddenness.The singer was rushed to the hospital in an unconscious state after a heart attack and doctors announced that he was “brought dead.” Along with the whole nation, we too are deeply shocked and saddened by his untimely demise.
His death robs the entertainment industry of the country of a music maestro, justly nicknamed as the legend of Bangla band music. He shot to fame in early 90s by forming his own musical band named LRB after coming out from Souls. He had taken the pop music culture to a new height, which had initially been kick-started by Azam Khan in the 60s and 70s.
Born in Chattogram in 1962, he started playing guitar and singing song from tender age. Given the conservative social settings back then, it was unsurprising that he didn’t receive family support to embark on a career in music. But Bachuchu was adamant and moved to Dhaka only with 600 taka. He endured hard times and performed gigs for a living. But he dared to dream and had the courage to chase those dream with determination. It was only through sheer hard work and dedication he transformed himself into a self-taught guitarist, singer, lyricist and composer. The sheer popularity of his songs speaks volumes about his skill and talent. Besides, he was a man of character, valued his family and never generated any controversy. May his soul rest in peace! May be he is no more physically, but the treasure trove of hit songs he left behind will continue to entertain music lovers, generation after generation.