June 27, 2013

R.D Burman- Craftsman of Music

Innovative and always tried out new things in music that is how R.D Burman (fondly known as Pancham da) was studded with ideas that translated into outstanding compositions.
 To state that Pancham da was different from the rest is, really not required. He was effortlessly different from others. Spontaneity and the ability of his music to connect with people, added his unique dash of pep and energy into Hindi film music starting with the 60s. RD was the first music director who brought Rock 'n' Roll to Hindi tunes, creating a brand of music so distinctly his own. He was capable of conveying the emotions of any lyric and situation.
When bollywood launched the twin track effect in the film 'Baharon Ke Sapne', he later used this effect to create the mesmerizing 'Qatra Qatra Miltee Hai' from Ijjazat.
He was the lead in way of the use of electronic keyboard in Indian Films with the song 'O Mere Sona Re' in Tesri Manzil. R D in association with Asha Bhonsle provided a number of sizzling hits in jazz, flamingo, rock and roll as well as disco genres of music during the 70s. Some of their memorable numbers include Piya Tu, Duniya Mein, Dil To Mane Na and Gulabi Aankhen.
R.D was always keen to experiment in music. Because of this his composition is still refreshing. In 'Chura Liya' he used the sound of a spoon hitting a glass which was so popular. All these numbers acquired mass popularity, which encouraged R D Burman to experiment with his voice. And he did! He always tried to give music a touch of original. In'Master Ji Ki Aa Gayee Chitthhi' from Kitaab film, he brought some desks from a classroom in the studio while recording and used them for beating.
What a combination of singing and composition from a man when we listen Mehbooba Mehbooba in Sholay, followed by songs in the films Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin and Shaan. Perhaps, his most well-known solo is Dhanno Ki Aankhon Mein, written by Gulzar for Kitab. In this number, which had a assembled of Spanish interludes and Indian ragas in light mood.
Once to get the sound of raindrops, he spent the whole rainy night in his house's balcony recorded the sound. We can get to hear the rain sound in his composition Rim Jhim Rim jhim in 1942 a Love Story unfortunately which was his last addition in his tremendous creation.
In the song 'O Manjhi Re' from the movie 'Khushboo', RD Burman used bottles with water filled at different levels and created a hollow sound by blowing into them and this sound effect was used with the orchestra.
'Beeti Na Bitaaye Raina' from 'Parichay' the song was made with in a evening in a hotel room. Later Lata Mangeshkar and Bhupinder won National Award for the song. R.D. Burman won the Filmfare award only 3 times [Sanam Teri Kasam, Masoom, 1942-A Love Story] while being nominated 16 times for the award.
Undoubtedly enough, his melodious compositions and the distinctive voice were adept at expressing the sentiments of any situation, mood and/or occasion. His continuous attempt to break the musical stereotypes and explore innovative potentials evidently reflected in the music he created. The intense magic of RD is such that he remains alive even today in the hearts of billions of Indians (and non Indians) all over the world.

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