R. D. Burman

R. D. Burman


Rahul Dev Burman was known as R.D. Burman, famous Indian film score composer and also famous as seminal music director of Indian film Industry, born on 27 June 1939, In Calcutta, India.

Family Background:

He was the son of Bollywood composer Sachin Dev Burman and his wife Meera Dev Burman. Later he became known by his nickname Pancham, Because, When he cried, it sounded in the fifth note (Pa), in the music notation.

Personal Life:

Burman was married twice in his life. First, he married to Rita Patel, whom he met in Darjeeling. They married in 1966 and divorced in 1971. He secondly married to Asha Bhosle in 1980.


Burman started his early education at Ballygunge Government High School in West Bengal, which is only boys school and English medium school.


At the age of Nine, Burman composed his first song Aye meri topi palat ke aa, which was used in the film Funtoosh. after he composed the tune of song Sar Jo Tera Chakraye, at the child age. In Mumbai, Burman got training under the Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Samta Prasad. He considered Salil Chowdhury as a Guru. He helped his father and often played harmonica in his orchestras. Burman gave his music in several Hindi Films like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Kagaaz Ke Phool, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Bandini, Ziddi, Guide, Teen Devian, and other Hindi films. His first hit film as a film music director was Teesri Manzil. In 1970, He got more popularity with the Kishore Kumar in the Rajesh Khanna Starred film Kati Patang. Burman also composed several of popular songs sung by Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, and Lata Mangeshkar. His other hit in 1971, including romantic songs “Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein” and Helen-starrer song Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja from Caravan. In 1972, Burman had composed the song for several Hindi films like ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Rampur Ka Lakshman’, ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’, ‘Bombay to Goa’, ‘Apna Desh’ and ‘Parichay’. In 1977, Mohammed Rafi received the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Kya Hua Tera Wada”, Which was composed by Burman.

On 4 January 1994, because of Heart attack, He died.

Unknown Facts:

  • He wrote lyrics for the English song which played during the key scenes of Deewar.
  • His singing style was inspired by Jazz legend Louis Armstrong.
  • He was always thinking about Music even in his dream.

Master Strokes:

  • Pancham was Unmixed, a inner of 2 National Awards, 113 minutes biopic on Burman, Which was directed by Brahmanand Singh. This is released by Indian Post on 3 May 2013, to honor of Burman.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1983, He received the award of the Best Music Director for Sanam Teri Kasam.
  • In 1984, He won the award for the Best Music Director for Masoom.
  • In 1995, He received the award of the Best Music Director for 1942: A Love Story.

What can we learn from him??

Like R.D. Burman, Be honest in your life. Do your work with passion. Know your strength and weakness and improve your mistakes.

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