R.D. Burman, better known as Pancham Da, was an iconic Indian music composer and director who left a lasting legacy in the world of Indian music. He is credited with giving Indian music a global touch while still retaining its traditional roots. Even after his death in 1994, his works remain widely recognized and celebrated. On the 26th anniversary of his death, we take a look back at his life and works, as well as his top ten songs.
Pancham Da’s Contributions to Indian Music
Pancham Da was born in Calcutta in 1939 and was the son of legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman. He began his musical career as a composer in the 1960s and went on to compose music for over 300 films. His works are renowned for their unique blend of traditional Indian music with western influences. He was also the first Indian music composer to incorporate the use of synthesizers in his works.
His Top Ten Songs
Pancham Da is best known for his many timeless classics, some of which have gone on to become all-time favorites. His top ten songs include “Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le”, “Kya Hua Tera Wada”, “Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi”, “Pyar Ka Mausam”, “O Haseena Zulfonwali”, “Hai Apna Dil To Awara”, “Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko”, “Roop Tera Mastana”, “Tere Bina Zindagi Se”, and “Yeh Shaam Mastani”.
Global Influence of His Music
Pancham Da’s music was unique in that it had a universal appeal. His songs have been covered by international artists such as Boney M, The Ventures, and David Bowie. His music has also been featured in Hollywood films such as “The Darjeeling Limited” and “The Namesake”.
The Legacy of Pancham Da
Pancham Da has left an indelible mark on the Indian music industry. He is credited with revolutionizing the sound of Indian music and introducing a global flavor to it. He has inspired generations of musicians and his works continue to be celebrated today.
Celebrating His Death Anniversary
Each year, on the