Today marks the 25th death anniversary of one of the most influential Indian music directors Rahul Dev Burman, aka RD Burman. On this day of 1994, he died in Bombay, Maharashtra, India at the age of only 54.
RB Burman does not need more introduction to those who admire music. He is regarded as one of the most influential and finest composers of the Indian film industry. Nicknamed Pancham, 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.
Burman 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.
Though Burman laid the foundation for numerous Bollywood music directors to pave the path for the future of music in Bollywood cinema, he was awarded a total of only three Filmfare awards, one of which was awarded posthumously (for 1942: A Love Story).
On the 25th death anniversary of this pioneer of modern music of Bollywood, Bangla Insider expresses profound grief and peace to his departed soul.