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RDB Aka Rang De Burman

Have been thinking about dedicating one post  for our very own Panchamda. On any day, if i were to select my favorite Hindi Film composer, it would be him. His versatility ranging from Indian classical tunes to Western music, slow melancholic numbers to peppy beats, has always left us craving for more. Its really sad, that this amazing musician died without getting his due.

There is one incident that comes to my mind, when i think of this genius. During the making of ‘IJAAZAT’, Director-poet Gulzaar left behind his poem ‘MERA KUCH SAMAAN’ at Panchan’s house and went home. Since Pancham was not at home then, Gulzaar called him up at a later time requesting him to compose music for this poem which was to be part of the movie. Pancham literally mocked at him saying ‘What is this? Tomorrow you will leave behind a copy of Times Of India newspaper and ask me to compose music for the same.’ Being supremely confident in Panchan’s abilities Gulzaar persisted with him to compose music for the poem. Pancham went on to create one of his best compositions, which fetched Asha a National Award for Best Playback Singing, Gulzaar a National Award for Best Lyrics and nothing at all for himself.

Below are some of the most amazing (perhaps not all that popular amongst GEN-X) Pancham compositions listed. Listen to these once and you will know in a trice why he was, what he was.

1) Aaungi Ek Din – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kox1uehyFOE 

Movie – Basera; Lyricist – Gulzar

2) Jeena kya aji pyaar bina – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaJ7H6a3fk0

Movie – Dhan Daulat;  Lyricist – Majrooh Sultanpuri

3) Kaisa Lag Rahi hoon – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myEFSdewZxM

Movie – Jhoota Sach; Lyricist – Majrooh Sultanpuri

4) Mera kuch saman – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mjFCidDpcY

Movie – Ijaazat; Lyricist  –  Gulzar

5) Jab chaha yaara tumne – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl2c-6PPPAw

Movie – Zabardast; Lyricist – Majrooh Sultanpuri

6) Humne sanam ko khat likha – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB3UGojCbMA

Movie – Shakti; Lyricist – Anand Bakshi

7) Chhoti Si Kahani Se – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9oJXgbK8QI

Movie – Ijaazat; Lyricist  –  Gulzar

8.) Tumse milke – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oW_x5MIn1I

Movie – Parinda; Lyricist  – Khursheed Hallauri

9) Ankhiyon mein chote chote – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP3q2vA5DWw

Movie – Naukar; Lyricist – Majrooh Sultanpuri

10) Dhanno ki ankhon mein – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rja031BlWbY

Movie – Kitab; Lyricist – Gulzar

The list above is rather endless. There are innumerable compositions of Pancham each unique for its tone, lyrics, instruments used, etc. This versatile musician will always remains India’s  best composer.

Disclaimer: The links above will work as long as the songs continue to be available in Youtube.


Comments on: "RDB Aka Rang De Burman" (2)

  1. PanchaprANa..
    love his music

  2. Neela, u mean PanchamPRANA 🙂

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