The legendary late musician R.D.Burman wrote timeless music. His songs are still relevant and for some reason continue to touch our hearts. Whether it’s “Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi” or “Aap Ki Ankhon Mein” with his music, RD Burman made us feel pain, love and happiness right away. With a couple of his tracks like “Mehbooba Mehbooba”, “Dum Maro Dum” or “Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja”, he even got us grooved to his own tunes.
The composer, who would have turned 82 today, got his first hit as a music director in 1966 with Shammi Kapoor’s Tizri Manzil. In the 1970s, Birman became very popular with Kishore Kumar songs featured in Rajesh Khanna-star films. Burman has composed music for about 40 films starring Rajesh Khanna. Later he wrote several popular songs, which were sung by Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. He received his first Filmfare Award nomination for Caravan.
Besides Caravan, RD Burman is known for his contributions to films such as Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Kati Patang, Amar Prem Seeta Aur Geeta, Rampur Ka Lakshman, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Bombay To Goa, Apna Desh, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Aap Ki. Kasam and Sholai among others. Unbeknownst to many of his fans, after his father S. D. Burman fell into a coma, it was R. D. Burman who completed the music for the 1975 film Miles, starring Jaya Bachchan.
Some rare images of R. D. Burman:
R.D.Burman died at the age of 54. He passed away on January 4, 1994. Anil Kapoor’s 1942: A Love Story was his last film for which he wrote music. The music for the film was released after the death of the composer. It was an instant hit and posthumously earned him his third and final Filmfare Award.
For the anniversary of his birth, here are 15 of our favorite tracks by the maestro:
Aap Ki Ankhon Main Kuch
Anevala Pal Janewala Hai
Tudjhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi
O Mere Dil Ke Chain
Humen Tumse Pyar Kitna
Meri Bhigi Bhigi Si
Kya Hua Tera Vaada
Pyaar Divana Hota Hai
Chura Leah Hai Tumne Joe Dil Co
Pyar Hua Chupke Se
Tumne Mujhe Deha Khokar Meharbaan
Ye Joe Mohabbat Hai
Sanam Teri Kasam
The world has become better with the music of R.D.Burman, do you agree?