Rahul Dev Burman, one of the iconic musicians India has ever produced, was born on this day. Also known as Pancham da, he composed songs that are immortal and listened by music lovers of all ages. The three-time Filmfare Award winner formed a super hit combo with singers like Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and his wife Asha Bhosle that gave us evergreen chartbusters.
Son of music director Sachin Dev Burman, Pancham Da was born on June 27, 1939 in Kolkata. At an early age of nine, he composed his first song Aye Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa, that was used in 1956 film Funtoosh. And then there was no looking back for him. In a career spanning more than three decades, Burman composed music for films like Deewar, Sholay, Aandhi, Yaadon Ki Baraat and other hits. His last film as a composer was Sunny Deol’s Ghatak. On his 78th birth anniversary, here are 10 songs that you would not mind listening countless times.
Kuch Na Kaho- 1942: A Love Story (1994): Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, 1942: A Love Story turned out to be a critical and commercial success of 1994. The music album composed by RD Burman was an instant hit and he received his third Filmfare Award of the career. This song sung by Kumar Sanu was picturised on Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala.
Tumse Milke- Parinda (1989): Vidhu Vinod Chopra collaborated with RD Burman for his 1989 film Parinda. The music album was appreciated by critics and fans alike. The song Tumse Milke earned immense popularity and is still remembered as one of the best romantic songs composed by Pancham Da.
Mera Kuch Saaman- Ijaazat (1987): Asha Bhosle won a National Award for Best Playback Singing for this song from Ijaazat. The track was composed by RD Burman and lyrics penned by Gulzaar.
Chehraa Hai Ya- Sagar (1985): Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Kamal Haasan shared the screen space in Ramesh Sippy’s triangular love story Saagar. The song Chehra Hai Yaa Chaand Khila was sung by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rishi Kapoor.
Tu Tu Hai Wahi- Yeh Waada Raha (1982): This romantic track from Rishi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon and Tina Munim starrer is played at various events till date. The song was composed by none other than R D Burman and crooned by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar.
Keh Doon Tumhe- Deewar (1975): Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle cast a magical spell on their fans with this romantic track from Yash Chopra’s blockbuster film in 1975. The song was picturised on Shashi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.
Chura Liya Hai Tumne- Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973): Sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle, this romantic song still remains a favourite of music lovers across all generations. The film earned RD Burman a Filmfare Award nomination too.