Sunday marks the second death anniversary of celebrated singer, guitarist, composer and music director Ayub Bachchu.
The legendary frontman of rock band ‘Love Runs Blind’, popularly known as LRB, is one of the most beloved artists in the Bangladeshi music scene, whose untimely death created an irreparable void in the industry.
Bachchu died of cardiac arrest at his Moghbazar residence in the city on this day at the age of 56.
Marking the day, his family and different organisations, fan groups and television channels-radio stations are arranging several programmes to pay tributes to the legend.
The most noteworthy event is scheduled to be arranged by Bangladesh Copyright Office on Sunday evening, which is going to unveil the digital archiving of Ayub Bachchu’s melodious creations.
First of its kind in Bangladesh, the special event will be joined by State Minister for Cultural KM Khalid who will inaugurate this digital archive at the Bangladesh Copyright Office. The event will be broadcast live on the official Facebook pages of the Bangladesh Copyright Office and LRB.
Although staying outside of the country, Bachchu's son Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub and daughter Fairuz Saffra Ayub have issued a joint statement on LRB's official Facebook page on behalf of the family, where the siblings mentioned the activities are taken to seek special prayers at several places in the country, including mosques and orphanages.
Several music stars have also paid their tributes to the rock legend on their social media accounts sharing their photographs and memories with Ayub Bachchu. Noted singers and music artists have also dedicated special tribute performances to the legend including Asif Akbar, Bappa Mazumder, lyricist Asif Iqbal, media personality Abdun Noor Tushar, Prince Mahmud and more.
Born in Patiya at Khorna union in Chattogram on August 16, 1962, to Mohammad Ishaque Chowdhury and Nurjahan Begum, Bachchu founded his band LRB in 1991.
Prior to that, Bachchu started his journey as a band musician with his band ‘Golden Boys’ (later changed to ‘Ugly Boys’) that he formed with his childhood friend and legendary Bangladeshi singer Kumar Bishwajit, and also served as a prominent member in renowned Bangladeshi bands such as ‘Feelings’ with another contemporary rock icon James, and ‘Souls’, where he played for 10 years before founding LRB.
One of the most popular Bangladeshi bands of all time, LRB, has performed more than 2,500 gigs at home and abroad. They went for their first international tour in the USA and they played in seven states, and till date, it is the only Bangla rock band that played their music in the famous Madison Square Garden.
In his lifetime, Ayub Bachchu has created 16 solo albums, a full-fledged studio-turned production house named ‘AB Kitchen’, numerous super hit playbacks such as ‘‘Ammajaan’’, “Sagorika”, “Ononto Prem”, “Ami to Preme Porini” and many other scores in Bangladeshi commercial movies; blockbuster hit singles and band scores such as “Koshto Pete Valobashi”, ‘‘Shei Tumi Keno Eto Ochena Hole’’, ‘’Ferari Ei Monta Amar’’, “Ekdin Ghum Bhanga Shohore’’, ‘‘Cholo Bodle Jai’’, “Ekhon Onek Raat’’, ‘‘Hashte Dekho Gaite Dekho’’ and inspiring guitar enthusiasts and popular artists in both Bangladesh and West Bengal and had a total of 65 guitars.
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The health condition of legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee has improved significantly, according to Indian media reports.
His oxygen saturation has also improved while his sodium and potassium have been both corrected, said doctors at the private hospital where he's being treated.
Doctors say the actor is "obeying commands, he is responsive, understanding some few words", reports Indian Express.
The veteran actor is recovering after testing negative for Covid-19 earlier this week, the doctors attending the thespian in a Kolkata hospital said on Thursday evening, reports NDTV.
Sharing an update about the actor's health, one of the senior doctors treating him said that he is doing very well.
He was shifted out of Covid ICU once he tested negative for the virus on Wednesday. He is recovering, his consciousness has gone better substantially.
Doctors said Soumitra is 'speaking also, little bit of comprehensive words...we are giving all sort of good therapy to him" and added that he is without any fever for more than 40 hours now and that "the liver, kidney, heart, all are in acceptable range...his saturations are more than 96 percent on support of 40 percent of oxygen only. No new complications or anything has happened."
The actor was hospitalised on October 6 after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who took a break from work because of health related issues, has confirmed that he has cancer, reports BBC.
Dutt revealed this information in an Instagram video after weeks of speculation by the Indian press.
"Will be out of this cancer soon,” said the 61-year-old who has appeared in more than 150 films.
Dutta also said he would begin shooting for his next film in November.
He recently visited a salon for a haircut. Celebrity hairstylist Aalim Hakim shared a video of Sanjay Dutt, which is going insanely viral on social media. In the video, the actor talked about being diagnosed with cancer for the first time and revealed that he is all set to be back at work, reports NDTV.
"Hi, this is Sanjay Dutt. Good to be back in the salon. Got a haircut. If you see this, this is a recent scar in my life, but I will beat it. I will be out of this cancer soon," the actor is heard saying in the video.
In August, Dutt tested for Covid-19 after he reported some difficulty in breathing. He tested negative.
He was subsequently tested at Mumbai's Lilavati hospital for other illnesses.
Amid unconfirmed media reports that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, Dutt said in August he was "taking a short break from work for medical treatment".
The actor and his wife Maanayata issued separate statements, urging the star's fans "not to worry or unnecessarily speculate" about his condition.
He is known as one of Bollywood's most bankable stars, but his acting came to an abrupt halt when he had to return to prison in 2013 to finish a five-year jail sentence. He was convicted of firearms offences linked to the 1993 Mumbai blasts which killed 257 people and injured 713.
Yet, he successfully re-launched his career in 2016 after getting out.
He signed several new films with some of them doing extremely well at the box office. A biopic on his life, starring actor Ranbir Kapoor, was also a massive hit.
The actor has openly talked about his problems with drug addiction and his conviction in his interviews. He said these problems only made him stronger.
He has also witnessed two cancer-related deaths in his family. His mother Nargis died of pancreatic cancer in 1981 - just days before he made his Bollywood debut.
His first wife Richa Sharma also died of brain cancer.
Bollywood actor Faraaz Khan, once a sought-after name in both Hindi movies and serials, is fighting for his life at a private hospital in the southern city of Bengaluru, while his family is struggling to meet his medical expenses.
Faraaz, his brother Fahmaan said, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Bengaluru's Vikram Hospital on October 8, following a chest infection. Subsequently, Faraaz in his 60s was diagnosed with a brain infection, he told the media.
Fahmaan, also an actor, has appealed for financial help, saying the family needs Rs 25 lakh (USD 35,000) for his treatment. "Bhai (brother) has been on ventilator for the past five days and as per doctors, there are 50% chances of his survival."
"The doctors are trying their best to get him out of danger but that will require another 7-10 days of critical care. This will cost us around Rs 25 lakh. It is a huge amount to be arranged," said Fahmaan.
Faraaz and Fahmaan are sons of late actor Yusuf Khan, who's best remembered as Zebisko from the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer action-musical thriller Amar Akbar Anthony.
Bollywood actress-turned-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt was the first to respond. In a tweet, she said that she was donating money for the actor's treatment and urged others to come forward. "Please share and contribute if possible. I am. Would be grateful if any of you can as well," tweeted Pooja.
Faraaz has played key roles in many Bollywood films, including blockbusters like Fareb and Prithvi, and also featured in TV shows such as Raat Hone Ko Hai and Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka.
This year’s edition of the annual Dhaka International Folk Fest (DIFF), an internationally acclaimed three-day music festival dedicated to South Asian and global folk music, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Sun Foundation and Square Group, the musical fete will not take place amid the pandemic. The organisers cancelled this year’s edition to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission despite taking all necessary precautions.
Besides, the event would have been affected by international flight restrictions as the event prominently features artists from different countries, according to organisers.
Annually held at the Army Stadium in the capital, the cancellation came as a disappointment to music enthusiasts who had a rare opportunity every year since 2015 to get enamoured by the symphony of folks featuring prominent Bangladeshi and international artists.
However, the audiences welcomed the decision considering the ongoing pandemic.
The fifth edition held last year from November 14 to Novermber 17 was dedicated to six legends of Bangla music: Fakir Abdur Rob Shah, Subir Nandi, Bari Siddiqui, Shahnaz Rahmatullah, Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, and Ayub Bachchu.
More than 200 artistes from six countries including Bangladesh enthralled audiences in the fifth edition, including Shah Alam Sarkar, Fakir Shahabuddin, Chandana Majumdar, Kajol Dewan, Malek Kawal, along with Kamruzzaman Rabbi and Shafikul Islam (Bauliana), dance group Prema and Bhabna Nritya Dol from Bangladesh - along with Daler Mehndi from India; Junoon and Hina Nasrullah from Pakistan; Sattuma from Russia, Chveneburebi from Georgia, Habib Koité and Bamada from Mali.