The late Rahul Dev Burman, an influential music director of Bollywood industry, breathed his last on 4th January on 1994. His innovations made him one of the most beloved musicians of his time.
He was born to the Bollywood composer/singer Sachin Dev Burman and his lyricist wife Meera Dev Burman in Kolkatta. R.D. Burman or Pancham Da as he was fondly known, he studied at Calcutta’s St. Xavier’s School. He was trained in Hindustani classical music by stalwarts such as the Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Since the very childhood, RD assisted his father. The first composed song came when he was just 9 years old. He composed “Aye Meri topi palat ke aa”, which his father used in the film Funtoosh. The tune of the most popular song “Sar jo Tera Chakaraye” was also composed by him as a child.
A creative genius, Burman introduced influences from around the world in his works, giving us masterpieces like Aaja Piya Tohe Pyaar Du, Rim Jhim Gire Sawan, and Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala Hai.
Even though it’s been more than decades since RD Burman (aka Pancham) has passed away, his music continues to captivate the imagination of musicians and music aficionados to this day. He gifted us timeless melodies that still fill our hearts with happiness and joy. He also appears on an Rs.5 commemorative stamp issued in the year 2013 by India Post.
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