R.D. Burman or Pancham da as he was lovingly called was a music maestro who revolutionized the Indian music scene. His magical compositions blended world music with Indian elements and he has often been credited for introducing the electronic rock genre and jazz music in Bollywood.

The perpetual popularity of his songs is evident from the umpteen mashups of his most famous numbers on YouTube by rising musicians as well as the trend of remixing evergreen hits like Aisa Na Mujhe Tum Dekho and Dum Maro Dum. The old is definitely gold when it comes to R. D. Burman – the man who gave us timeless classics.

But not many know the genius within Pancham da. He breathed music, he spoke music, he even made music in his dreams. A novel feature of his compositions was the improvisation using non-musical instruments; sometimes things as weird as a bunch of keys. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular numbers by the genuis, which were a novelty in themselves.

Satte Pe Satta

Technique used – Gargle

Let’s start with the weirdest kind of composition ever made. This film starring Amitabh Bachchan featured a background score for the entry of his character’s doppelganger. Well, R.D. Burman made his singer Annette Pinto gargle and used that sound within the background score.

Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein

Technique used – Rubbed a comb on a rough surface

The evergreen classic from this film starring Kishore Kumar used a comb to produce a rustling sound for one of the musical sequences. Producing such customized sounds today is easy with just a click, but those were the days when artists used their creativity to the maximum. No doubt, R.D. Burman is one of the most revered music directors.

Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun

Technique used – Rubbed sandpaper and knocked bamboo sticks

We can never understand this highly creative mechanism of Pancham da in which he used to create music out of nothing. Listen to this engaging number to identify the sandpaper and bamboo stick sounds.

Chura Liya Hai Tumne

Technique used – Spoon in glass

Even today, every guitarist in the country would have played this song at least once to woo an audience. Who would have thought the simple music created with the help of a spoon and a glass at the beginning would become such an enigmatic classic? Truly, music is divine and exists in everything around and Pancham da proves it.

Celebrate Pancham Da’s 81st birth anniversary with this special show that unlocks some of his timeless and magical hits. Moreover, this 90-minute show will feature the original Pancham musicians and will be hosted by Nitin Shankar. Click here to know more.