A Tribute to the Legendary RD Burman

Aane wala pal jaane wala hai, Ho sake to ismei zindagi bita do pal jo ye jaane wala hai! ~ Golmaal (sung by Kishore Kumar and composed by RD Burman)

Today’s the 81st birth anniversary of our all time favourite and evergreen Pancham Da urf RD Burman. He’s the one perhaps, who has painted our childhood days with full of evergreen and wonderful memories. Let’s have a look into his life achievements.

Rahul Deb Burman (RD Burman)

Born in the Bengali house of richly music family, with parents Sachin Deb Burman (father), who was a music director as well as singer and Meera Deb Burman (mother), who was a lyricist,the super talented Pancham Da composed the song ‘Aye Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa’ for the movie, ‘Funtoosh’ (1956) when he was just 9 years old. Undoubtedly, he composed one more song “Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye,” that was included in the movie “Pyaasa (1957) by his father SD Burman.

He joined hands with his father in the films like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Bandini (1963), Ziddi (1964), Guide (1965) and Teen Devian (1965). Later in 1959, he started his professional career as a music director with the movie “Raaz,” but the film was never released due to some reasons. His first released film as a music director was “Chhote Nawab (1961).”

A poster of the movie Chhote Nawab, 1961.

His first success as a music director was with the film “Teesri Manzil (1966).” He made his debut as music director in Telugu films with the movie “Rocky (1987).” Not only this, he too worked as a music director Bengali movies like Troyee(1982) Kolinkini Konkaboti (1981), Anyay Bichar (1985), Jagir (1984) and many more.

The legendary trio – RD Burman with Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar.

RD Burman is widely considered to be among the most iconic music directors of the Indian music industry. From the 1960s to the 1990s, the artist did major work with his wife, Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar and composed several songs that made these singers popular in those time span. He has also made various songs that were sung by his sister-in-law, Lata Mangeshkar.

Some of his major music compositions are –

  • Rim Jhim Gire Sawan
  • Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si
  • Musafir Hu Yaaro
  • Yamma Yamma
  • Aane Wala Pal Jaane Wala Hai
  • Mehbooba Mehbooba
  • Lakdi Ki Kaathi
  • Ek Chatur Naar
  • Dil Ye Na Khel Hai Dildar Ka
  • Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi
  • O Mere Dil Ke Chain
  • Ye Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge
  • Kya Hua Tera Wada
  • Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo and much more.

Not only this, he has composed several Bengali songs, such as

  • Mohuaaye Jomechhe Aaj Mou
  • Mone Pore Ruby Rai
  • Tumi Koto Je Dure
  • Phire Eshe Anuradha
  • Ele Na Tumi Je
  • Nodir Paare Uthchhe Dhonya etc.

Some of these have same tune in Hindi as well as Bangla. In other words one can say, several Bangla songs have Hindi version. For instance, Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si is same as Mone Pore Ruby Rai and Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai is same as Aaj Gungun Kunje Aamar.

The RD Burman era, through which the Indian music industry received an ample amount of soulful compositions of music, would have been the best era of the film industry, because these were not only the pieces of entertainment, but have several deeper meanings attached in each of them, hence.

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