Rahul Dev Burman aka RD Burman was known for his unique style of compositions which revolutionized Bollywood music. His name was synonymous to experimentation as he incorporated all styles in his renderings.
Would you believe this genius rolled out the opening beats of Helen’s iconic number ‘Mehbooba Oh Mehbooba’ from beer bottles and used cups & saucers to create the tinkling sound in ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko’?
In fact, for the title track of Amitabh Bachchan’s Satte Pe Satta, it is said that RD Burman asked the singer Annette Pinto to gargle to produce a background sound.
From electronic rock to Jazz, Burman’s music had multicultural influences. His compositions had a mix of Western, Latin, Oriental, Arabic & Bengali Folk music.
He was fondly addressed as Pancham Da. People believed that as a child whenever he cried, it sounded like the fifth note on the music scale. In Bengali, Pancham means five and hence he was nicknamed Pancham Da.
It is said that he would often dream about a tune and later when he narrated it to his father Sachin Dev Burman, who himself was a great composer, he would ask RD to hum the tune and record it immediately. The renowned tunes of ‘Kanchi Re Kanchi Re’ (Hare Rama Hare Krishna), ‘Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan’ (Pyar Ka Mausam) and ‘Duniya Mein Logon Ko’ (Apna Desh) occurred in his dreams.
Pancham Da composed his first song at the age of 9 which was Aye Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa, which was used by his father SD Burman in Funtoosh. His first film as an independent composer, Chhote Nawab, released in the year. It is said that Mehmood had initially approached SD Burman for the film but he wasn't available due to prior commitments and at this very meeting he watched Pancham playing Tabla. That was the moment he decided to get him on board as the composer of his film.
RD Burman never looked back after this and went on to compose melodies like Aaja Piya Tohe Pyaar Doon (Baharon Ke Sapne), Aaja Aaja (Tesri Manzil) and many more.
On the occasion of RD Burman’s 78th birthday, SpotboyE.com compiles his best work. Enjoy as you reminisce the King of Melodies, Pancham Da...
Dum Maro Dum
The song from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) features Zeenat Aman in a hippy role and Dev Anand who essays the role of her brother. Penned by Anand Bakshi and crooned by Asha Bhosle, the song became quite a rage.
Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja
The peppy number from the film Caravan (1971) is considered to be quintessential cabaret item number by Helen. The song is sung by Asha Bhosle and is written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
Sung by Mohammed Rafi and written by Anand Bakshi, Gulabi Aankhein, is one of the most popular romantic songs which is still played on the radio. The song from the film The Train, featured Rajesh Khanna and Nanda.
Satte Pe Satta
The song Pyaar Hume Kis Mood Pe Le Aya, features Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin, Shakti Kapoor, Paintal, Sudhir, Inderjeet, Sarika and Kanwaljit Singh. Sung by Kishore Kumar, the song is from the film Satte Pe Satta (1982).
Chura Liya Hai Tumne
Chura Liya Hai Tumne from the film Yaadon Ki Barat, went on to be famous for the sound of glass which was a superb experiment conducted by the maestro. The track is crooned by Asha Bhosle.
RD Burman made his debut with the project Teesri Manzil (1966) and shit to fame with a hit album. The song Oh Haseena was went on to become one of the most popular numbers of that time. The song was sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi.
Rim Jhim Rim Jhim
The song from 1942 The Love Story features Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala (1994). This was the last album composed by RD Burman and was released after his death. RD Burman picked his third Filmfare Award for the album. The track is sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Kumar Sanu.
Mera Kuch Samaan
Penned by Gulzar and crooned by Asha Bhosle, the song is was termed ‘ahead of its times’ for its non-rhyming lyrics in free verse. The song was featured in the film Ijaazat (1987).
Rim Jhim Gire Sawan
The song Rim Jhim Gire Sawan gives you glimpse of Mumbai during the monsoons. Amitabh Bachchan and Maushmi Chatterjee stroll on the streets enjoying the rains. The song from the film Manzil (1979), is sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar.
Kis Mod Pe
Gulzar and Panchamda team up once again for a political drama Aandhi (1975). The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar.
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