His name is Rahul Dev Burman. He does not need more introduction than his name to those who admire music. Today is a special day for the young and old generation of music lovers who call themselves the fans of RD Burman. It is the birth anniversary of the Indian film score composer, and one of the influential music directors of the Indian film industry.
He was born on June 27, 1939 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency during the British Raj to the Bollywood composer cum singer Sachin Dev Burman and lyricist Meera Dev Burman.
Though his actual name was Rahul Dev Burman, he was more popular with his nickname Pancham or Pancham Da.
He scored many songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi. In his personal life, he was the husband of prominent singer Asha Bhosle. Together, they gave birth to three children.
RD Burman earned great popularity by composing maverick Hindi songs, although he was a Bengali. In his 33-year career, he directed music for 331 movies. His first work as an independent music director was with Mehmood, who produced Chhote Nawab in 1961.
Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Gol Maal, Khoobsurat, Sanam Teri Kasam, 1942: A Love Story and Sholay were some the notable films in which Burman was credited as music director. His last work was in film 1942: A Love Story, but before the release of this film, he died.
There is an interesting story behind his nickname Pancham. In his childhood, when he used to cry loud, the noise he made sounded like the fifth note of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, which is Pa. In Bengali language, fifth means Pancham. It was a funny joke of the music-loving family.
He died on January 4, 1994 after leaving his mark in the music industry of Bollywood. So, on the 79th birth anniversary of the pioneer of modern music in Bollywood, Bangla Insider expresses profound grief and peace to his departed soul.