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On RD Burman’s birth anniversary, listen to his 15 soulful tracks


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:

A candid shot by R.D.Burman. (Photo: Express Archive)
RD Burman with lata mangeshkar Photo of R.D.Burman with Lata Mangeshkar. (Photo: Express Archive)
R.D.Burman with Kishor Kumar Here is a photo of R.D.Burman and Kishore Kumar. (Photo: Express Archive)
R.D.Burman with his son Kishore Kumar R.D.Burman with Kishore Kumar’s son Amit Kumar. (Photo: Express Archive)
R.D.Burman with the Kishore Kumar family RD Burman poses for a photographer with Kishore Kumar’s sons Amit Kumar and Sumit Kumar and wife Lina Chandavarkar. (Photo: Express Archive)
RD Burman with asha bhonsle A rare photo of Asha Bhosle celebrating her birthday with R.D.Burman and Gulzar. (Photo: Express Archive)

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:

Tumse Milke

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

Dilbar Mere

The world has become better with the music of R.D.Burman, do you agree?



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