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Also known as Shurela (1972–1974)
Origin Chittagong City, Bangladesh
Years active 1972–present
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Associated acts
  • Renaissance
  • LRB
  • Naseem Ali Khan
  • Partha Barua
  • Maruf Hasan Talukder
  • Meer Masum
  • Ahsanur Rahman Ashik
Past members
  • Tapan Chwdhury
  • Naquib Khan
  • Pilu Khan
  • Tajul Imam
  • Ayub Bachchu
  • Sajed ul Alam
  • Momtazul Haque Lulu
  • Subrata Barua Ronny
  • Ahmed Newaz
  • Shahed ul Alam
  • Pantha Kanai
  • Kumar Bishwajit

Souls is a Bangladeshi rock band formed in Chittagong in 1972 by singer Tajul Imam, guitarists Sajed ul Alam and Momtazul Hoque Lulu, bassist Subrata Barua Ronny, and drummer and keyboardist Ahmed Newaz. Their albums include Super Souls (1982), College Er Corridorey (1985), Manush Matir Kachakachi (1986), East and West (1988).


Super Souls (1982)

In 1982, Naseem Ali Khan and Ayub Bachchu joined. The band started writing and composing their own songs while performing cover songs of western bands in hotels.

In 1982, they released their debut album, "Super Souls", which was one of the first albums released by a music group in Bangladesh, along with the debut album of the band Shocking Blue. The album features the song "Mon Shudhu Mon Chuyeche", written and composed by Naquib Khan and Tapan Chowdhury on the vocals of the song. The Kumar Bishwajit song "Torey Putuler Moto Kore Shajiye" is a Souls track from their debut album. Abdullah Al Mamun wrote the lyrics of this song, "Mukhorito Jibon" and "Voole Gecho Tumi" of the same album.

Manush Matir Kachakachi (1986)

In 1986, a reconfigured Souls released their third album, Manush Matir Kacha Kachi, which contains the songs "Eitoh Ekhane Brishti Bheja", "Ek Jhaak Paakhi", and "Muthor Bhetor Poddo".

East and West (1987-1988)

In 1988, they released their fourth album, East and West, which had six English and six Bengali songs. Even though they had started their career singing English songs, this was the first time they released them. The songs were all written and composed by the band.

Departure of members (1989-1990)

Afterwards, Ayub Bachchu left Souls to form Little River Band, which was later renamed Love Runs Blind and is widely known by its acronym, LRB.

E Emon Porichoy (1993)

In 1993, Souls released their fifth album, E Emon Porichoy, which was Tapan Chowdhury's last appearance in Souls. Afterwards, he left the band to pursue a solo career.

Aj Din Katuk Gaane (1995)

In 1995, Souls released their sixth album, Aj Din Katuk Gaane, which features popular songs "Keno Ei Nisshongota", sung by Partha, and "Bestota" and "Chaa-er Cup-e", the song was written by renowned lyricist Shahid Mahmud Jangi, sung by Naseem Ali.

Oshomoyer Gaan (1997)

In 1997, Souls released their seventh album, Oshomoyer Gaan which features the songs "Oshomoyer Gaan", "Ami Ar Bhabbo Na", and "Oi Dure Neel".

Mukhorito Jibon (2000)

In 2000, they released their first acoustic album, Mukhorito Jibon; it compiled some previously released songs, some remakes of old Indian Bengali songs, and some newly released songs. "Sharadin Tomay Behbe", "Bashi Shune Ar", and "Mukhorito Jibon" were some of the more widely played tracks from the album.

Tarar Uthane and To-Let (2001 and 2004)

In 2003 and 2004 respectively, they released their ninth and tenth albums, Tarar Uthan and To-Let. To-Let was the last album that sound engineer Mobin worked on before his death in a highway accident in Bangladesh.

Jhut-Jhamela and Kingbodonti (2006 and 2008)

Jhut-Jhamela was released in 2006. Kingbodonti, a musical tribute to Sanjeeb Choudhury, by Dalchhut and Souls. It was released on 25 December. It features six songs by Souls.

Jam (2011)

Their most recent album is Jam, which was released in 2011.


Present members

  • Naseem Ali Khan – lead vocals (1980–present)
  • Partha Barua – lead guitar, vocals (1989–present)
  • Maruf Hasan Talukder – bass (2012–present)
  • Meer Masum – keyboards (2003–present)
  • Ahasanur Rahman Ashiq – drums, percussion (2000–present)

Past members

  • Tapan Chowdhury - lead vocals (1973-1993)
  • Naquib Khan – keyboards, vocals (1973-1982)
  • Ayub Bachchu – guitars, vocals (1980-1990)
  • Pilu Khan – bass (1973-1980)
  • Tajul Imam – lead vocals (1973-1975)
  • Sazed ul Alam – guitars (1972-1980)
  • Momtazul Haque Lulu – guitars (1972-1974)
  • Ahmed Newaz – keyboards (1972-1995)
  • Subrata Barua Ronny – drums (1972-1995)
  • Gerald Gonsalves – keyboards (1982-1985)
  • Mohammad Ali – bass (1985-1993)
  • Suhas Hasnain – keyboards (1984-1989)
  • Shahed ul Alam – bass (1975-1984)
  • Lutfur Kabir Azad – keyboards (1991-2004)
  • Pantha Kanai – drums, backing vocals (1995-2000)
  • Kumar Bishwajit – vocals (?)


  • Super Souls (1982)
  • কলেজের করিডোরে (In the Corridors of College) (1985)
  • মানুষ মাটির কাছাকাছি (People are Close to the Ground) (1986)
  • East & West (1988)
  • এ এমন পরিচয় (It's Such an Identity) (1993)
  • আজ দিন কাটুক গানে (Let the Day Pass in Singing) (1995)
  • অসময়ের গান (Untimely Song) (1997)
  • মুখরিত জীবন (Face Life) (2000)
  • তারার উঠানে (In the Field of Stars) (2003)
  • To - Let (2004)
  • ঝুট ঝামেলা (Junk Trouble) (2006)
  • Jam (2011)

Mixed albums

  • Shokti
  • Bhanga Mon
  • Shesh Dekha
  • Ekti Nari Obujh
  • ধুন (1997)
  • 6 Band '99 (1999)
  • Kingbodonti (2008)
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