RD Burman ‘hated’ composing the cabaret tunes he’s so loved for

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 14:49 IST
RD Burman, who was popularly known as Pancham Da, was one of the most popular musicians Bollywood has ever had. (Facebook/RD Burman)

Celebrated musician RD Burman, whose disco songs have proved to be timeless, hated composing them and believed they were just a “passing fad,” reveals a new book.

And when he first won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, an honour that came to him after two decades of hard work, excitement evaded him because it was not for any of his raga-based song, the ones he held dearer to him.

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The revelations are made in ‘R D Burmania : Panchamemoirs’, published by notionpress.com and authored by Chaitanya Padukone, a veteran showbiz journalist who has compiled his works as a scribe and shared anecdotes from his meetings with the composer.

Notably, several of Burman’s songs, especially the foot-tapping numbers, have been recreated and reproduced in films, private albums and television serials after his death, while a film Dil Vil Pyar Vyar was made as a tribute to his musical genius.

“It’s a fact that the masses get turned on, as the songs also have seductive glamour-repeat visual value. But, honestly, at times, I hate composing cabaret songs because there is no soulful melody or inspiring lyrics in it. Whenever I compose raga-based melodies, I derive total creative satisfaction. Classical music is my forte,” Padukone quotes Burman.

“When the thumri-based raga song ‘Humein tumse pyar kitna’ composed by RDB and sung by Begum Parveen Sultana merited a Filmfare Award, it was a loud testimony to all those who doubted his ability to conjure up classical numbers. This explains why RDB was not all that exhilarated when he won his first-ever Filmfare Award trophy for Best Music Score in 1983, which had eluded him for over two decades,” he writes.

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“Off the record, he (Burman) mentioned to me that since the movie Sanam Teri Kasam had only a jazzmatazz westernized score and no classical songs, he was disheartened.

“All these years, I expected an award for movies like Parichay, Amar Prem, Aandhi, Kinaara, Khushboo, Mehbooba and of course Kudrat, all of which had situation-based songs. But it was a series of ‘misacarriages’,” Padukone quotes Burman as telling him.

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