Paying his tribute to the man, who is often credited with introducing modern music in Hindi movies, music director Anu Malik says RD Burman was "made of music".
"The variety that he introduced in film music has remained unmatched till date. He could do so because he was classically trained and at the same time, he kept abreast with modern musical trends all over the world," recalls the young composer.
According to him, RD Burman was so much in tune with his time that he could compose Piya tu ab tu aaja from Caravan and Chingari jo bhadke, to aawan usse buzhaye from Amar Prem with equal ease.
His range varied from the catchy Aaja aaja, main hun pya tera from Teesri
Manzil, to the soulful thumri Hame tumse pyar kitna, ye hum nahin jaante by Parveen Sultana in Kudrat.
The mischievous Ek chaturnaar, badi hoshiyar from Padosan to the melodious Tere bina zindagise koi, shikwa to nahin from Aandhi.
"But my all-time favourite RD Burman song is Tumne mujhe dekha, ho kar meherbaan from Teesri Manzil. I am romantically, musically and creatively attached to the tune even today. This is also my favourite Mohd. Rafi song. I must mention that Panchamda was a superb orchestra conductor, too," Malik - the music director of films like Border and Refugee told IANS.