Today is a death ceremony of Bollywood's legend and a great music director R.D. Burman. I would like to share today something about this great musician who showed a bright way to the Bollywood's music industry.
Rahul Dev Burman (R.D Burman) was born in Kolkata. According to some stories, he was nicknamed as Pancham because, as a child ,whenever he cried,it sounded in fifth note (Pa) of the Indian musical scale.The word Pancham means five in Bengali .When he was nine years old,he composed his first song, Aye meri topi palat ke aa. The tune of the song Sar jo tera chakraaye was composed by him as a child.His father loved the tune and included it in the soundtrack of Guru Dutt's Pyaasa and later in 2004, the soundtrack for Pyaasa was given an award for ''The Best Music In Film''.
R D Burman started his career as assistant to his father, Sachin Dev Burman. Burman's first released movie as a music director was Mehmood's Chhote Nawab (1961).R D Burman was India's most popular composer in 1970s (Hindi Cinemas's superstar era), famous for his hippy tunes.
Pancham was very creative person. At times, RD doubled up as a singer too. His percussion included a spoon against a glass (Chura liya hai from Yaadon Ki Baaraat").He recorded the light version of Hume tumse pyar kitna in the voice of playback singer Kishore Kumar.He recorded a variety of songs rendered by Kishore Kumar notably the classical song Mere naina sawan bhado, the sad song Chingari koi bhadake, the philosophical song Aanewala pal, the piano song Pyar diwana hota hai, the romantic song O mere dil ke chain, the hummable wonder Raat kali, the separation song Zindagi ke safar me, the rainy song Rimjhim gire saawan,the cabaret Piya tu ab toh aaja from Caravan (1971), the ultimate hippie anthem Dum Maro Dumfrom Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1972) or the classical Raina beeti jaaye.And many more hit songs.
He suffered from a heart attack in 1988 and underwent heart surgery. During this period, he composed many tunes, which were never released. In 1994, there were four more releases, of which 1942: A Love Story (released after his death) has an unforgettable score. The film won him the third and last of his Filmfare Awards. In his short life span of 54 years he proved himself to be the best Indian musician of all the time!
Since my little age till now I love to listen him. Even his music is the only reason I like old hindi songs rather than of present time. Whenever me and my dad have time together ,we use to listen those songs composed by him and try to take out the same tune through our mouth,patting fingers and legs.Wow! I enjoy those moments a lot!. With his wondering talent and hard working he have secured a special place in millions of hearts including mine .Today,the whole day after humming his tunes I thought to write a poem, a tribute to my so favorite Pancham Da. So Here it is!
Music of yours in my heart I borrow
I glimpse with a hearty grin on those ever ranging sorrows.
Tuning your melody again and again
But my everlasting madness to listen them fails to make me feel mundane
Music is a reflection of feelings from the heart so pure
With your soft touching compositions my annihilate heart get cure
Whenever my heart cry or smile
I play your songs and close my eyes
Your music accompanies me to my beautiful dreamland
Of imaginations and wonders
The day become so dull and bore
Until the sweetness of your music echo in my ears and tune into my heart's core
With your music;
I learnt the beauty of love,
The pain of lost,
Happiness in little things
And a true madness for own-self's passion
Your five musical notes Pancham Da
I choose as a melody of my life and heart's song
Because I could not play any other music as yours too long
You'll be always in my heart
One of my favorite is this one~