When Music Spilled Magic
Rahul Dev Burman or RD Burman was and will always be one of the most acclaimed music composers of Bollywood. For several decades, he produced iconic music in Hindi and Bengali for as many as 331 films. Fondly known as ‘Panchamda’ by his fans, Burman weaved nothing but magic with songs. Born on 27 June 1939 in Kolkata to music composer and singer Sachin Dev Burman and his wife Meera, Rahul Dev Burman was fondly known as Pancham in the film fraternity. There are various theories about how he got that nickname, which is also the name of the fifth note ‘Pa’ of the major scale in Indian music. As the world remembers the legend on his 25th death anniversary, here’s a throwback to 6 most soulful compositions of his which create nothing but magic.
* ‘Pyar Deewana Hota Hai’
Burman composed this soulful song not once but twice, first in Bengali and then in Hindi. In Bengali, it was sung by Asha Bhosle in 1965 for the film ‘Rajkumari’ as ‘Aaj Goongoon Goonje’. In 1970, it was brought back to life in Shakti Samanta’s ‘Kati Patang’. Legendary singer Kishore Kumar gave his voice to it.
* ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko’
In 1973, for Nasir Hussain’s ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’, Burman stepped in as the music director. The movie which was a hit at the box-office was enchanted by the magic of Burman’s music. The song ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko’ is the most remembered track from the film. Sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle, this one continues to be the in the playlist of people even today. Burman was nominated for the Filmfare award for the best music director for this movie.
* ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahin’
Gulzar’s ‘Aandhi’ released in February 1975 and was noted for its songs that were written by Gulzar, sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, and composed by Burman. ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahin’ is one of the most popular tracks from the movie which rings among favorites even today.
* ‘Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge’
This song by Burman was composed for the movie ‘Sholay’ in 1975 and celebrated the essence of friendship. Kishore Kumar gave his voice to this one and it is undoubtedly one of the best friendship tracks produced till date.
* ‘Kya Hua Tera Wada’
Nasir Hussain’s ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’ released in 1977 and received its music from Burman. While ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ was the biggest chart-buster track in this movie, ‘Kya Hua Tera Wada’ was also equally acclaimed.
* ‘Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala Hai’
This track belongs to 1979’s highest-grossing film ‘Gol Maal’. Sung by Kishore Kumar, this one was written by Gulzar and composed by Burman. A heartwarming composition, this one kept fans mesmerized in the 1980s, and does the same even today.
It has been 25 years since we lost the treasured music maestro, yet his compositions continue to mesmerize us even today.