- Today is the 25th death anniversary of Rahul Dev Burman aka R.D.Burman, the highly talented Composer and Music director of Bollywood. Being the only son of S.D.Burman, the legendary Composer and Music Director, he grew up with music in his blood. The story goes that as a child he used to cry in five different notes, hence the name Pancham also stuck to him. Starting as an assistant to his father, in his early years he was associated with the films Chalti ka Naam Gaadi, Kagaz Ke Phool,Tere Ghar Ke Samane, Bandini, Ziddi, Guide & Teen Deviyan. While he played harmonica in most of the films, he also played the samein the song Hai apna dil to Awara sung by Hemant Kumar for the film House No.44.The song is popular to this day. As an independent Composer, he gave music to about 330 films and through his innovation and experimentation, became a sort of guide for gen-next Music Directors.
His filmography includes films like Sholay, 1942 a Love Story, Aradhana,Kati Patang, Aandhi, Yaadon ki Baraat, Padosan, Amar Prem,Masoom, Ghar, Deewar, Aap ki Kasam, Teesri Manzil, Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Kudrat,Satte Pe Satta, Kalia, Mehbooba, Saagar, Duniya, Anamika and many many others.
Kishore Kumar was his personal favourite and on his insistence most of the songs of Aradhana were got sung by Kishore Kumar. It is common knowledge that Aradhana was the come- back film of Kishore Kumar, rather a shot in the arm for him.
R.D.Burman was married for the second time to Asha Bhosle, the renowned playback singer.
He died this day in 1994, not completing 55 years .
Our humble tributes to the great Composer and Music Director !