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RD Burman

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RD Burman was a music director and music composer of the Indian film industry. He is called Pancham Da by his admirers. 

He was the son of the great music director SD Burman. He is credited for revolutionizing the Hindi film music. He also sang for a few compositions. 

He made the electronic rock popular. He was known for mixing disco and rock elements with Bengali folk music. He was also known to use jazz element in music.

His association with Asha Bhosle was the finest time of his music career. 

Their live performances together were the height of their glory.  RD Burman received three filmfare Best Music Director awards. 

In 1995 the filmfare Awards constituted the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent in his honour. The MP government conferred him with the Lata Mangeshkar Award for 1992-1993.

Life of RD Burman

RD Burman or Rahul Dev Burman was born in Calcutta on June 27, 1939. He was born as the only child of the great music director and singer Sachin Dev Burman. He received his early education at the St Xavier’s School in Calcutta.

His first wife was Rita Patel whom he married in 1966. He married Asha Bhosle in 1980. His association with Asha Bhosle was the finest time of his music career. Their live performances together were the height of their glory together. The music maestro breathed his last on January 4, 1994.

 Panchamda was trained in Sarood by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and in tabla by Samta Prasad in Mumbai. He also considered Salil Chaudhry as his guru. The film “Jhankar beats” is a tribute to Pancham da. The documentary “Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte jana he” is based on the works of the music director.

Songs by RD Burman

He composed his first song “ae meri topi palat ke aa” when he was 9 years old which was used by his father in the film “Fantoosh”. The tune of the song ‘sar jo tera chakraye’ was also composed by him as a child which was used by his father in the film “Pyasa”. 

The tune of the songs ‘mere sapno ki rani’ and ‘kora kagaj tha ye man mera’ from the film ‘Aradhna’ were composed by him though the music of the film was composed by his father. He played mouth organ for the hit composition ‘He apna dil to awara’. 

He used to serve as an assistant to his father. He also played harmonium in his orchestra. As a music assistant he worked in the films like ‘Chalti ka naam gadi’, ‘kagaj ke phool’, ‘Tere ghar ke samne’, ‘Bandini’, ‘Guide’, ‘Jewel thief’, ‘Prem pujari’ etc. 

He started as an independent composer in 1961 with the film “Chote nawab”. His ‘Teesri manzil’ was his first hit as a music director. With Nasir Hussain he composed the music of the films ‘Baharo ke sapne’, ‘Yadon ki barat’ etc. He is also noted for his association with Gulzar who has written for several of his compositions. 

The music compositions of Panchamda sung by Kishore Kumar were super hits. The songs of ‘Kati patang’ were immensely popular. He also made some of his finest compositions with Md Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. The music of the film “Hare rama hare Krishna” and its song “Dum maro dum” by Asha Bhosle proved to be a seminal rock number in the Hindi film music. 

It is still remembered as a cult song in the film industry. All the songs of the 1975 film “Sholey” were block busters. The music of the films “Sanam teri kasam”, “Rocky”, “Satte pe satta” and “Love story” have been all time hits. 

The music of “1942: A love story” was eleased after his death. The music of the film was a huge popular. Several movies made after his death contains his original songs like “Dil vil pyar vyar” contain his rearranged hit songs.

A number of remix albums feature RD Burman’s songs.He also composed non film music. His two most notable attempts were the international album “Pantera” and “Dil Padosi hai”.

Awards and Recognitions for RD Burman

RD Burman received his first filmfare Best Music Director award for “Sanam teri kasam” For the film “Masoom”, he received the filmfare best music director award. 

For “1942: A love story” he received his third and last filmfare award. In 1995 the filmfare Awards constituted the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent in his honour. The MP government conferred him with the Lata Mangeshkar Award for 1992-1993.

Career of RD Burman

RD Burman was a music director and music composer of great repute. He is credited for revolutionizing the Hindi film music. Out of his 331 released movies scores 292 were Hindi, 31 in Bengali and the remaining in other languages. He also composed 5 TV serials in Hindi and Marathi. 

He also sang for a few compositions. He was influenced by Western, Latin and Arabic music. He made a mix of these music in his own style in his composition, the result being the most popular of the Hindi film songs. A wide range of influences from several genres formed the basis of his music. 

He made the electronic rock popular. He was known for mixing disco and rock elements with Bengali folk music. He was also known to use jazz element in music. 

He did major works of his career with Asha Bhosle an Kishore Kumar. His association with Asha Bhosle was the finest time of his music career. Their live performances together were the height of their glory.

Music by RD Burman

His successful music in films include ‘Yadon ki barat’, ‘Padosan’, ‘Kati patang’, “Hare RD Burman rama hare krishna” ‘Amar prem’, ‘Caravan’, ‘Buddha mil gaya’, “Seeta aur geeta”, “Rampur ka Lakshman”, “Bombay to Goa”, “Parichay”, “Aap ki kasam”, “Sholey”, “Andhi”, “Mili”,“Hum kisi se kam nahi”, “Kasme wade”, “Ghar”, “Gol Maal”,“Khubsoorat”, “Sanam teri kasam”, “Rocky”, “Satte pe satta”,“Love story”, “1942: A love story” “Masoom”, Shaan, “Betab”, “Saagar”,“Heera panna”, “Parinda”, “Izazat”, “Kinara”,“Khushboo” and so forth. The music composed by Pancham da has attained the repute of classics. Some of his classic compositions include ‘ye shan mastani’, ‘ye jo mohabbat he’, “Dum maro dum” “Raat kali ek khwab me ayi”, “Piya tu ab to aja”,“Kya hua tera wada”, “Mehbooba mehbooba”, “Ao twist kare”, “Chura liya he tumne jo dil ko”,“Hume tumse pyar kitna”, “Tum bin jau kaha”.

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