It is a known fact that legendary music composer RD Burman grew up in the shadow of a cushion star, his father SD Burman. And to be able to get out of that and create your own reputation and a legacy was not a cake walk for him. Burman fondly remembered as Pancham Da is well known in Indian music industry for bringing changes in the field of music composition. His melodious numbers keep reminding us how talented he was as a musician. From the classical song of Raina beeti jaaye to the more hippie Dum Maro Dum to the more playful Piya Tu ab to Aaja, Pancham Da has composed and sung different kinds of songs for Bollywood films. So, on his 79th birth anniversary, we pay a tribute to him by compiling a list of songs. Enjoy!

Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko (Yaadon ki baraat)

Jai Jai Shiv Shankar 

Baahon mein chale aao (Anamika)

Piya tu ab toh aaja (Caravan)

Mehbooba Mehbooba (Sholay)

Gulabi Aankhein (The Train)

 Rim jhim gire saawan (Do aur do paanch)

Dum maaro dum (Hare krishna hare ram)

Aanewala pal, jaane wala hai (Gol Maal)

O Haseena Zulfonwali 

Pyaar humein kis mod pe le aaya (Satte pe satta)

 Mere sapno ki raani (Aaradhna)

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate

‘Ni Sultana Re’ — Pyar Ka Mausam 

 ‘Yeh Shyam Mastani’ — Kati Patang 

Jaane Jaan Dhoondta Phir Raha’ (Jawani Diwani)

Yeh Vaada Raha’ (Yeh Vaada Raha)


Kuch Na Kaho (1942 A Love Story)


Dilbar Mere (Satte Pe Satta)


Musafir Hoon Yaaron Na Ghar Hai Na Thikana


On a closer look, the legendary maestro did most of his assignments with Kishore Kumar, Gulzar, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. Till today, scores of established musicians like Sonu Nigam, Shan, Anu Malik still see him as their inspiration. The icon continues to be popular across India. RD Burman died in 1994 after undergoing a surgery in 1989.  

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