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Rahul Dev Burman

Rahul Dev Burman Also known as : Pancham Da Born : June 27, 1939 Died : January 4, 1994(aged 54)

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Rahul Dev Burman

Rahul Dev Burman was an Indian film score composer, who is considered one of the seminal music directors of the Indian film industry. He was the only son of the noted composer Sachin Dev Burman.

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Rahul Dev Burman

RD Burman composed scores for 331 movies. He was mainly active in the Hindi film industry (Bollywood) as a composer, and also provided vocals for a few of compositions.

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Rahul Dev Burman

RD Burman did major work with Asha Bhosle (his wife) and Kishore Kumar, and scored many of the songs that made these singers famous. He served as a influence to the next generation of Indian music directors, and his songs continue to be popular in India.

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He was nicknamed as Pancham because, as a child, whenever he cried, it sounded in the fifth note (Pa) of the Indian musical scale. The word Pancham means five (or fifth) in Bengali. Another theory says that the baby was nicknamed Pancham because he could cry in five different notes.

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When he was nine years old, RD Burman composed his first song "Aye meri topi palat ke aa", which his father used in the film Funtoosh (1956). The tune of the song "Sar jo tera chakraaye" was also composed by him as a child, his father included it in the soundtrack of Guru Dutt's Pyaasa (1957).

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Rahul Dev Burman

RD Burman's first released film as an independent music director was Chhote Nawab (1961). When the noted Bollywood comedian Mehmood decided to produce Chhote Nawab, he first approached RD Burman's father Sachin Dev Burman for the music. However, SD Burman turned down the offer, saying that he did not have any free dates. At this meeting, Mehmood noticed Rahul playing tabla, and signed him up as the music director for Chhote Nawab.

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Rahul Dev Burman

Burman's first hit movie as a film music director was Teesri Manzil (1966).

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Rahul Dev Burman

RD Burman became highly popular with the Kishore Kumar songs in Rajesh Khanna-starrer movies.

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Rahul Dev Burman

During the 1980s, RD Burman was overshadowed by Bappi Lahiri and other disco music composers. Many filmmakers stopped patronizing him, as films featuring his compositions flopped at the box office one after the other.

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Rahul Dev Burman

RD Burman was influenced by Western, Latin and Arabic music, and incorporated elements from these in his own music He used Western dance music as a source of inspiration for his compositions. RD Burman often experimented with different musical sounds produced from methods such as rubbing sand paper and knocking bamboo sticks together.

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Rahul Dev Burman

RD Burman married Asha Bhosle in 1980. Together, they recorded many hit songs and also staged many live performances.

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