Renowned musician, designer, theatre worker and founding drummer of revolutionary pop band ‘Souls’, Subrata Barua Ronny passed away today at 5 a.m. in Dhaka, after losing his battle to cancer. Eminent musician and former ‘Souls’ member, Naquib Khan, confirmed the news to media.
In 1974, Ronny had founded ‘Souls’, alongside Tajul Imam, Sajed ul Alam, Momtazul Hoque Lulu and Ahmed Newaz. Having graduted in design in 1979, he was also a prominent figure in theatre, directing the lighting and set for many plays for Arindyam Natya Sampradaya.
With organisations Chattogram Charushipli Sangathan and Shaikatchari, he actively worked to ensure the district’s first Pohela Boishakh celebrations. For 15 years, he had overseen Chattogram Shilpakala Academy’s Pohela Boishakh Celebrations as well.