Rahul Dev Burman aka RD Burman or Pancham Da was the quintessential music composer who ruled the hearts of umpteen Indians with his unique musical compositions. These celebrities share what they love about this ‘God of Music’.
R.D. Burman’s songs are deeply soul-stirring. Every word carries profound meaning. I am particularly fond of many songs by RD Burman, but my absolute favorite is ‘Dekha Ek Khwab’ — a beautiful composition with profound significance. On the other hand, contemporary songs often come across as noisy, leaving me with the sensation of someone relentlessly pounding on my head. Eventually, I realized that the reason behind this discomfort is the lack of meaning in these new songs. Their lyrics hold no significance, making it difficult to sing along. Take, for instance, the song ‘Aaj Hai Party Party Party’ — how does one even sing that song, and what purpose does it serve? In contrast, old songs have a calming effect on the mind and offer a sense of motivation in life.
‘Tere Liye Palkon Ki Jhalar Bunu’ was my beloved song, composed by RD Burman! There are moments when I find myself yearning to teleport back in time when he was alive and experience the magic of his compositions in a live setting. All of his songs have achieved legendary status. This particular song has always held a special place in my heart. I’m not entirely sure why, but perhaps it resonated with my inner self, a simple girl with aspirations of marriage and the desire to shower love upon my family. The song beautifully encapsulates these emotions.
Among my favorite works of Pancham da (RD Burman) are all the songs from the movie ‘Aandhi’. The combination of Gulzar Saheb’s profound and meaningful poetry with RD’s melodious compositions created unforgettable melodies. Especially the song ‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’ holds a special place in my heart. The synergy between Gulzar Saheb’s lyrics and RD’s music in this film is truly remarkable, making the songs of ‘Aandhi’ timeless and memorable.
For me, R.D. Burman is the God of Music. He not only composed incredible classical songs but also revolutionized contemporary Indian music. His compositions introduced the use of new musical instruments, pushing the boundaries of creativity. In my eyes, there is no one like RD Burman in the Indian music industry. He collaborated with phenomenal filmmakers, lyricists, and singers, creating magical musical experiences. His era was truly the golden time of Hindi music. I make it a point to listen to RD Burman’s songs every day. Among his vast collection, some of my favorites, which also happen to be on my dad’s favorite songs list, include Mehbooba O Mehbooba from Sholay and the enchanting Tu Tu Hai Wahi song. RD Burman’s music continues to captivate and inspire me, making him an eternal legend in the world of music.
Jaane Jaan Dhoondta Phir Raha is my all-time favorite song as well. I absolutely adore the orchestration, composition, and unique singing style in this particular piece. The song holds a timeless charm that resonates with me every time I listen to it. The way it blends various musical elements is truly mesmerizing. RD Burman’s genius shines through in every aspect of this song, making it a masterpiece that continues to captivate audiences across generations.
For us, R.D. Burman was the ultimate rock star who introduced us to Western music. With beautiful music and the addition of Asha Bhosle’s voice, what a combination it was. “Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahani” is a very classy song that paints a beautiful picture. I find it to be the most romantic song. I love the feeling of love that it captures. Amitabh was our only hero, and with the nation’s crush, Zeenat Aman, we went crazy listening to this song. The Italian lines of the boatman added to the journey. It’s a soulful, smooth, and musical celebration of love. This song has everything. It is the most beautiful romantic song, and the Italian voice of the boatman taught me that music has no language. What a composition, what music! This song is a journey, a celebration of love.
R.D. Burman has created the best dance numbers in our industry. Even today, if you listen to his songs, they evoke the same happy and vibrant mood. It’s difficult to choose just one song, but his songs are enjoyable even for kids. “Lakdi Ki Kaathi Kaathi Pe Ghoda,” “Yamma Yamma,” and “Mehbooba O Mehbooba” are evergreen songs that come to mind. I remember a few years ago, while I was doing a show on Star Plus, my co-actor had only R.D. Burman songs in his phone library. That was when I explored all of his songs. The vibe of his songs was different and unmissable.
Whenever someone asks me about my favorite kind of music, my immediate, instinctive response is always RD Burman. I grew up listening to his music, as I was born in the 70s and was exposed to his incredible compositions through my father, who was a fan of RD Burman and Kishore Kumar. Among the countless beautiful songs he created, “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” holds a special place in my heart. It’s etched in my mind as my first memory of romantic songs, and it carries a beautiful energy in the way it was sung. I used to listen to it repeatedly, and with each listen, it brought back memories of my childhood and the sheer joy of hearing his songs. What made RD Burman’s music truly unique was its unparalleled range. Whether it was Western, classical, mid-tempo, or high-tempo, he effortlessly created songs in every genre imaginable. His versatility was extraordinary, making him a true musical genius.