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New book on Panchamda’s life

Writers Aniruddha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal have written a new biography of the little known life stories of RD Burman, one of the most notable film composers of Bollywood, titled The Man and Music.

books Updated: Apr 13, 2011 14:18 IST

Writers Aniruddha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal have written a new biography of the little known life stories of RD Burman, one of the most notable film composers of Bollywood, titled The Man and Music.

The book deals with how despite the successful launch of his career, Panchamda, as he was fondly called, was unable to leverage the clout that his surname carried in the film fraternity. Producers always wanted SD Burman, but nobody was willing to experiment with his son, informs the book.

The biography, which throws light on the musician’s meteoric career in Bollywood and popularity worldwide, reveals little-known facts about RD Burman, including his childhood.

As an infant, Rahul would invariably sing the note pa whenever his father sang the note sa. Thespian Ashok Kumar gave him the name, Pancham, the book notes.

Pancham was one of the earliest composers in Bollywood who was influenced by Latino music, according to the book. Exposed to Latino music in Kolkata, Pancham, over the years, developed a fondness for its vibrancy.

Bollywood may have scripted fame for Pancham, but it was in Kolkata that he let his nostalgia erupt unbridled. His best-known Bengali song, Mone pore ruby ray… was released first as a duet with Kishore Kumar for one of Guru Dutt’s projects, which was about a woman he was in love with.