Wizard of Indian music since 60s; Pancham Da remains to live in the legacy he’s left behind

News Bharati English    27-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 27: Music traverses one to the world of tranquility and solace. There are innumerable genres today that satisfy our deepest core of dilemma. Remembering the evergreen era of 70s and 80s, one composer and singer that gained huge popularity not only in India but across the world was none other than Pancham Da. RD Burman a.k.a Pancham Da is one of the highest level music composers who was the man behind the legendary songs, “Piya Tu Ab Toh Aa Ja”, “Dum Maro Dum”, “Pyar Mein Dil Pe”, “Rim Jhim Gire Sawaan” and so many more. No one till now could reach anywhere near Pancham Da.

Rahul Dev Burman known as R.D Burman was born in Calcutta on 27 June, 1939. Burman was lovingly named ‘Pancham’ by thespian Ashok Kumar. After this, the world knew him only by Pancham Da. The legendary composer who passed away in 1994 still lives in the music that he created. Pancham Da was the man behind the musical scores of 331 films in his entire career. Burman’s father S.D Burman was a noted music director in Bollywood. Music lived in the family’s genes. Pancham Da learnt everything about music under the tutelage of his father. At the age of 9, Burman composed the tune of the evergreen song, ‘Sar Jo Tera Chakraye’ in 1957.

Burman’s first break came in the 1960s with the musical thriller called Teesri Manzil. He implied something that no one else did during that era. He introduced retro and western beats in the music; it was both classical and unconventional at the same time which we saw in the example of his best works. He was always very experimental with his work which led him to the pinnacle of his success and fan following.

The famous lyricist Gulzar was the first one to identify Burman’s unparallel work. Gulzar in an interview said, “We had very offbeat style of working. We would go out for drives and Pancham would come up with tunes by simply drumming on the car’s steering wheel.” Well, such was his simplicity when it came to music. Pancham Da was known to recognize music even at the most unusual places.  It was not surprising to witness a composer so dynamic yet so calming. He brought life to Gulzar’s poetry and his visions.

R.D Burman did major work with his then wife Asha Bhosle and his accomplice Kishore Kumar who grew to success with his musical scores. Lata Mangeshkar who is considered as the ‘Saraswati in Music’ also grooved to the compositions of Pancham Da. As per Lata Mangeshkar, Pancham Da died too young and unhappy.

However, his music scores elevated during 70s and remained to soar higher until his death in 1994. His most famous and still heard songs are:

  1. Yeh Shaam Mastani
  2. Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
  3. Dum Maaro Dum
  4. Raina Beeti Jaaye
  5. Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja
  6. Chura Lia Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko
  7. Rim Jhim Gire Sawaan
  8. Tere Bina Zindgi Se Shiqwa
  9. O Mere Dil Ke Chain
  10. Kya Hua Tera Wada
  11. Pyar Humein Kis Mod Pe
  12. Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala Hai
  13. Mere Samne Wali Khidki Pe
  14. Jai Jai Shiv Shankar
  15. Bade Ache lagte Hai
  16. Mera Kuch Samaan

In 1988, at the age of 49, he suffered a heart attack. He underwent a surgery and went on to compose music. But his musical career suffered a major blow in 1990s. He composed his last music score for ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha’ from 1942-Love Story. He took his last breath in 4 January, 1994 when he suffered a major heart attack at the age of 54. With his beloved wife at his side, Asha Bhosle who was also the backbone of his career supported until he passed away.

His death may have brought an end to the musical output that he was fondly remembered. His music is the legacy that he left behind him which is cherished even today at his 78th birthday. Such is the effect of magnificence of Pancham Da!