R.D. Burman: The Legend Who Created Music Out Of Everything

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.

Here, are some of the most popular numbers by the man himself which were a novelty in themselves.

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

Mehbooba O Mehbooba
Technique used – Beer Bottles
Picturized on the sensual belly dance by the immortal diva Helen, the music was highly inspired by Afro beats. For getting the perfect sound in the song’s opening scene, Pancham da used empty beer bottles. Sounds unbelievable? Check out for yourself.

Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein
Technique used – Rubbed a comb on a rough surface
The evergreen classic from the evergreen film starring Kishore Kumar used a comb to produce a rustling sound for one of the music sequences. Well, today producing such customized sounds is easy with just a click, but remember 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 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.

If you know of any other genius with such magical talent, let us know in the comment below.

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