"One man, many tunes : An ode to Panchamda"

RD Burman

1939 - 1994

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"Sar jo terachakaraaye ya dil dooba jaaye..." Who can forget this peppy number from GuruDutt's Pyaasa. But little did we know that the song was composed by a littleboy who grew up to be the legendary music composer R.D Burman.

Panchamda, as he was fondly called, was the son of music stalwart S.D Burman, who passed on his music genius to him. He added soul and a fiery zest to the music of the Hindi film industry and churned out many popular numbers. His first hit movie as a music director was Teesri Manzil,where he gave music to the evergreen Shammi Kapoor songs.

From Kishore Kumar to Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar to Mohammed Rafi, Panchamda had the best of singers lend their voice to his melodious numbers. While he stirred hearts with his soul tugging Kya Hua TeraVeda, he made us swoon to Dum Maro Dum and laugh at the humorous Ek ChaturNaar.

Unfortunately, Panchamda died very young at the age of 54 and as per his family and friends, very unhappy. 1942 - A Love Story was his last composition that was released posthumously, and once again proved why R D Burman will always be the King of Indian music directors.

SoulPrints bows down to the man who made the world dance to his tunes. Panchamda, we truly love you.

This is a SoulPrints tribute to R.D Burman


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