Remembering Pancham Da

Gulzar called him as good a craftsman as a musician. Today on 27th June 1939, the boss was born- Rahul Dev Burman. The man who gave us many unforgettable songs like Chura Liya,  Dum Maaro Dum and many more. Boss is credited with revolutionizing the filmi music in Hindi films, with his style and techniques continue to be followed by the composers of today. On the day of his birthday today I thought of gathering a few facts about the legendary Pancham Da and some of his best songs.  RD Burman got western Music to the country.His peppy tunes, his versatility has been unmatched. He not only used instruments to get his music but used different objects like spoons, glasses to create melody from them.


  • Did you know that R.D. Burman won the Filmfare award only 3 times for Sanam Teri Kasam, Masoom & 1942-A Love Story while being nominated for around 16 times for the award
  • Out of his 331 released movies 292 were in Hindi, 31 in Bangla, 3 in Telugu, 2 each in Tamil & Oriya and 1 in Marathi. Pancham Da also composed for 5 TV serials in Hindi and Marathi. He also scored a large number of non-film songs in Bangla &  he did a song for a small documentary film called ‘Maa Ki Pukar’ too, in 1975.
  • He was called Pancham  because, as a child, whenever he cried, it sounded in the fifth note (Pa) of the Indian musical scale. Artist since birth 😉
  • RD Burman also pioneered the use of electronic organ in Indian Films with the song ‘O Mere Sona Re’ [Teesri Manzil]
  • As most of us know in ‘Chura Liya’ song he actually used the sound of a spoon hitting a glass. He did the same n ‘Abdullah’  where he used the sound of a bamboo whistle with a balloon tied to it for a song
  • The talent of RD Boss was seen in his earlier days by his father when he used RD Burman’s composition for the song Sir Jo Tera Chakraye
  • R.D. Burman also acted in Movies. He acted in Mehmood’s ‘Bhoot Bangla’ & also in ‘Pyaar Ka Mausam’
  • In the song ‘O Manjhi Re’ from the movie ‘Khushboo’, Boss used bottles with water filled at different levels and created a hollow sound by blowing into them and this sound effect was used with the orchestra
My Top Fav Songs of RD Burman
  • Tujhse Naaraz Nahi Zindagi Hairaan Hoon main- Masoom- Nothing can be better than this. The lyrics, the music. everything is just near perfect
  • Mehbooba Mehbooba- Sholay
  • Pyaar Hame Kis Mod Pe Le Aaya- Satte Pe Satta
  • Kya Hua Tera Wada- Hum Kisi se Kam Nahi
  • Tere Bina Zindagi se Koi – Aandhi
  • Meri Soni Meri Tamnna- Yaadon Ki Baarat
  • Dekha Na Hai Re- Bombay to Goa
  • Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai- Kati Patang
  • Dil Lena Khel Hai Dildaar ka- Hum Kisi se Kam Nahi
  • Huzoor Is kadar bhi na Itra ke chaliye- Masoom- The deadly combination of Gulzaar and RD Burman
  • Jaan-e-Jaan-
  • Bahon Me chale Aao- Anamika
  • Chingari Koi Bhadke- Amar Prem
There are lots of other songs too which need to be included but not all can be written. For the time being i can sing away with-

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