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‘Pancham drew inspiration from sounds made by beggars, shepherds’

Friday, June 29, 2012

Very few know that legendary music composer R.D. Burman, who is credited with revolutionising film music by bledning classical and western scores, had even drawn inspiration from the sounds that beggars make while doing their rounds and shepherds make while grazing their herds, his colleagues said.

A day after his 73rd birth anniversary on Wednesday, musicians talked about innate qualities of the late musician, who was fondly called Pancham-da by his fans and close ones.

“He had a very big plus point. Even while going on the road, if any music or sound made by a pedestrian or even a beggar appealed to his ears, he would incorporate it into the scores he composed,” said Nitin Shankar, a renowned percussionist and chief rhythm assistant of Pancham.

Shankar, who had spent nearly eight years with Pancham in the late eighties, felt that some notes in the song ‘Yeh Naiana Yaad Hai Piya’ from the movie Manzil Manzil was influenced by the sound created by the Maharastrian shepherds while grazing their cows.

Pancham was a musical magician who ruled the film industry with his innovations and unique fusions of Indian music with jazz, pop, blues and rock music for three decades.

Son of legendary composer S.D. Burman, Pancham kicked off his musical journey with Chhote Nawab (1961) and remained a loyal disciple of music till his last breath in 1994.

He is credited with infusing a fresh lease of life in Indian music with evergreen melodies like ‘Raat kali’, the sensual cabaret number ‘Piya tu ab toh aaja’, the ultimate hippie anthem ‘Dum maro dum’, the nomad theme ‘Mehbooba Mehboo-ba’ and the classical ‘Raina beeti jaaye’. etc. Pancham's urge to better himself helped him in creating some of the immortal melodies of all time.

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