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Last tributes paid to Ayub Bachchu, 1st janaza held
People from all walks of life on Friday paid their last tributes to celebrated guitarist, songwriter, composer and singer Ayub Bachchu at the Central Shaheed Minar when millions of fans in every corner of the country and abroad are mourning the irreparable loss.
The body of the popular singer, carried by an ambulance, reached the Shaheed Minar around 10:25am.
The body was kept there until 12:30pm giving a chance to his fans, well-wishers and followers to see him for the last time.
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote leaders including eminent theatre personality Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, Ayub Bachchu's colleagues, fellow musicians, artistes and cultural activists along with people from all walks of life gathered there to pay their respects.
Singers, musicians, cultural personalities and fans started crowding the venue since early morning. After arrival of the body, they placed wreaths on the coffin of Bachchu. They also observed one minute's silence paying homage to the genius.
Talking to the reporters Obaidul Quader said, ‘We are shocked at the untimely death of Ayub Bachchu. I pray for the salvation of the departed soul.’
The fellow colleagues who had the opportunity to work closely with Bachchu were sharing sorrows with each other recalling their memories with the rock star.
Huge members of law enforcers were deployed at the Central Shaheed Minar who had to struggle to manage the crowd.
Noted singer and composer Nakib Khan who knew Bachchu since his early life said Ayub Bachchu will remain alive in their hearts.
‘It's an irreparable loss,’ he said adding that Bachchu was not just a singer rather he was also a songwriter and composer.
Fahmida Nabi said this vacuum will exist as a golden chapter ends. ‘We are deeply saddened with his family members and millions of fans across the country. We pray for his departed soul.’
From the Central Shaheed Minar, the body was taken to National Eidgah where his first namaj-e-janaza was held after Jumma prayers joined by thousands of people.
The body was scheduled to take to his own studio AB Kitchen in city's Moghbazar area before his second namaj-e-janaza at Channel i premises.
Bachchu will be buried next to his mother at their family graveyard in Chattogram on Saturday. His son and daughter are their way to Bangladesh from Australia and Canada respectively.
The rock legend and founder of musical band LRB died of a heart attack in Dhaka on Thursday at the age of 56.
Having known the hardships budding artists have to endure, especially when starting out, the multi-talented singer and songwriter wanted to see young talents across the country get support for their growth.
‘This music world is in an uncertain path. We need to protect the artists. We need to send the title - insolvent musicians (dustha shilpi) - to the museum,’ said Bachchu, one of the true pioneers of the genre that became known as Bangla 'band music', mostly inspired by Western rock and roll acts.
Ayub Bachchu, who had started his music career from his birth place Chattrogram in 1976, before finding fame with one of Bangladesh's most famous bands, Souls, on lead guitar and sharing vocal duties.
He would go on to leave Souls citing creative differences, and form LRB, essentially the closest thing in Bangladesh to a superstar vehicle, in which Bachchu acted as lord and master.
Bacchu showed a patriotic soul once he took to wrapping up each of his live concerts to the tune of national anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Bhalobasi’ blaring from his guitar. Although knowing his rocker's soul, he may just have been taking after one of his heroes Jimi Hendrix, who famously did the same with the US national anthem at a stage of his career.