Legendary composer-singer RD Burman has a legion of diehard fans worldwide. This week, they are celebrating his 79th birth anniversary.
To mark the occasion, Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award-winner and senior film journalist Chaitanya Padukone gifted his authored memoirs RD BurMania to the celebrated contemporary singer-actor, Sonu Nigam.
The singing megastar who is well-known for his versatility has also revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes facts in RD BurMania.
Receiving the book, Sonu became nostalgic and recalled the time he missed a chance to work with and sing under the baton of the maverick composer.
“Around 1993, while I was an upcoming singer in my struggling phase, I’d returned to Delhi from Mumbai for a few months. I later got to know that Panchamda (as Burman has been fondly known) was trying to frantically get in touch with me, as he wanted me to sing for 1942 – A Love Story. By the time I found out, the songs were already recorded in Kumar Sanu-da’s voice.”
“When I eventually met Panchamda, he remembered another song of mine which was quite popular. I was humbled and delighted, but felt unfortunate to have missed a chance to work with him.”
The author was moved when Sonu coaxed him to autograph the book before he gifted it to him.