80th birth anniversary of legendary music composer, Rahul Dev Burman, lovingly known as Pancham Da is being observed today (June 27). He has enthralled the audiences with his mesmerizing and melodious tunes for several decades, and his compositions still weave magic in the hearts of his fans.
Burman was an Indian music director who is regarded as one of the most influential composers of the Indian film industry. Nicknamed Pancham, he was the only son of the composer Sachin Dev Burman. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Burman composed musical scores for 331 films. He was mainly active in the Hindi film industry as a composer, and also provided vocals for a few compositions.
His success continued with hits such as Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Aap ki Kasam (1974), Sholay (1975) and Aandhi (1975). He also composed a song for a small documentary film called Maa Ki Pukaar, in 1975. After his father S. D. Burman went into coma, Burman also completed the music of Mili (1975).
In 1995, Filmfare Awards constituted the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent in his memory. The award is given to upcoming music talent in Hindi cinema. In 2009, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation named a public square in Santa Cruz after Burman.
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17 November, 2019