Remembering R D. Burman, the legendary musician on his 75th birth anniversary with these lines from the song Tujhe se naraaz nahin hai Zindagi…..the music of which was composed by him.
Zindagi tere ghum ne humein rishte naye samajhaye
Mile jo humein dhoop mein mile chhanv ke thande saaye
Aaj agar bhar aayi hai boonde baras jaayengi
Kal kya pata inke liye aankhe taras jaayengi
Jaane kab ghum hua kahan khoya
Ek aansoo chhupa ke rakha tha
RD’s contribution to the film industry and music world is beyond words. Wonderful and heart rendering music renditions of the lyrics are at times irreplaceable even today. Son of S.D. Burman, noted musician and Meera Dev Burman, a noted lyricist, music was in his genes.
Nicknamed as Pancham by his grandmother, R.D Burman showed his inclination towards music at a very young age. The tune of the song “Sar jo tera chakraaye” in the movie Pyaasa was composed by him when he was just 9 years old.
Mentored by Salil Chaudhary, Teesri Manzil was his first film hit as a music director. ‘O haseena zulfon wali’ from Teesri Manzil is top favorite romantic number heard even today. Yet another one ‘Chura liya tumne jo dil ko’ from Yaadon ki Baraat is an all time favorite in which he created his own music by capturing the sound of a metal spoon hitting a glass. Other melodious hits include Yeh Shaam Mastani, Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, Raat kali ek khwab mein, Piya Tu Ab To Aaja, the popular cabaret song, dum maro dum from Hare Ram Hare Krishna which are simply eternal.
He was awarded with the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for the movie 1942: A Love Story – remember the song –‘Ek Ladki ko dekha to aisa laga’. He was also awarded with Filmfare Award for Best Music Director in 1983 and 1984 for Sanam Teri Kasam and Masoom. Though the recognition to his contribution was not as it should have been, the legacy of music left behind by R. D. Burman is invaluable to us.
Known to be inspired with Western music, some of his noted hits include Mehbooba Mehbooba inspired from ‘Say you Love me” a Cyprus song while Tumse milke was inspired by ‘When I Need you’ by Leo Sayer and many other songs.
Passing away at 54 years of age is a misfortune indeed for an extremely talented personality such as him as he could have contributed many more melodious and soul stirring tunes for us to hum along.