Recently, when the affable Ambassador of Brazil, Tovar da Silva Nunes browsed through the book R.D.BurMania: PanchaMemoirs, he seemed quite impressed. Among many aspects, the memoirs authored by distinguished film journalist Chaitanya Padukone highlight the little-known information about the maverick maestro R.D.Burman’s ‘Brazilian connection’.
“The contents of the book are very interesting. I am keen to know more about the Indian composer R D Burman,”
said the ambassador.
Earlier, at the Brazilian National I-Day celebrations in Mumbai, the ambassador had personally complimented Padukone for the author’s meticulous efforts in enlightening music-buffs about this Indo-Brazilian music fusion.
Curiously enough, RDB, fondly known as Pancham Da, had this fascination for Brazilian folk music. He innovatively composed numbers like ‘Jeevan Ke Har Mod Pe Mil Jaayenge Humsafar’ with a Brazilian flavor. Known for his fetish for world music, he had even attended the Rio De Janeiro carnival once. He often incorporated pulsating Brazilian rhythms like the Bossa Nova, which was actually one of his favorites.
Notably, RDB is the undisputed king of retro music, with his songs a rage even with today’s youth. We often hear remix versions of his numbers in movies and they are extremely popular at pub circuits too.