Channel i organised the day-long ‘Channel i Band Fest 2018’ on Saturday. About 17 local bands around the country took part at the event. Sponsored by Nandan Park, the band festival kicked off at 10:30am on the Channel i premises at Tejgaon in the city. The mega event was dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased musician Ayub Bachchu-also known as AB to his fans, one of the most talented musicians the country has ever produced, after the inauguration. He was also the key person and one of the organisers of the ‘Band Fest’. With the performance of famous band LRB and Ayub Bachchu’s son Tazwar, the band festival continued till 5pm.
Shykh Seraj, Director and Head of News of Channel i and Zahir Uddin Mahmud Mamun, one of the director of Channel i were present at the inauguration. The band members, senior musicians, cultural personalities and different sections of people in the city (particularly music lovers and fans of Ayub Bachchu) were present at the festival.
Noted musicians Kumar Biswajit, Tapan Chowdhury, Partho Barua, Ferdous Wahid, Fakir Alamgir and others talked about Ayub Bachchu’s life and immense contributions to Bangladeshi band music.
The participating bands include Obscure, Tirandaj, Joler Gaan, Different Touch, Metrical, Feedback, Joler Gaan, Artcell, Dalchhut, LRB and others.
Shykh Seraj said, “The success of the ‘Band Fest’ during the last five years is noteworthy. Under the leadership of Ayub Bachchu, the ‘Band Fest’ commenced its journey, but unfortunately he left us forever. The festival was planned out to be more grand than earlier editions. Even before Ayub Bachchu’s demise, we discussed about the festival at length.”
Ayub Bachchu mostly known as AB is the legendary name in the history of Bangladeshi Band Music. He formed LRB which performed more than thousands of gigs in the home (500+ open air & 2000+ indoor) and abroad. They went for their first international tour in USA and they played at 7 states. LRB is the only Bangla Rock Band which played their music in the famous Madison Square Garden (New York).
In Europe the band played its first show in Austria in the year 2002. They also have performed at Wembley Arena (London), Alan Garden (London) Frankfurt of Germany, Fort Canyon Park stage (Singapore).
LRB executed at many stages of India i.e. Salt Lake Stadium (Rock Jugalbandi Part 1 and 2), Science City Theater, Alpha Bangla, ETV Bangla, Najrul Manch, Rabindra Shorobor, Guru Nanak University (Jodhpur), Haldia Utshab, Durgapur University. LRB proudly performed in Qatar, Dubai, Hong Kong, Cyprus and almost all over the world.
AB had a great gig with Richard At Legang (France), Remo Fernandez Nandon Bugchi & Bikmar Gosh of India, Azam Khan, Miles & Black of Bangladesh.
AB was honored in IIM Joka ‘Rock Fest’ (India), Benson and Hedges Star Search 1 and 2, DRockstar 1 and many other local competitions as a Judge.
AB is renowned for his musical scoring in TVC. Moreover He has worked as a music director for late Khalid Hasn Milu, late Shaikh Ishtiaqe, Nasim Ali Khan, Topon Chowdhury, Hasan Abedur Reza Jewel, Alam Ara Minu, Kaniz Suborna, Rupom etc.