Listening to the melodious songs of the illustrious son of the illustrious father on his birthdayHis father brought Bengal's sweet and soulful Bhatiali and Bhawaiya songs into the arena of Bombay Hindi films. His father introduced soulful Bengali tune to the Hindi film enthusiasts. Very few people know that his mother also sang some meorable songs during her youth. The illustrious son of the illustrious father was brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai), but never lost touch with the fertile soil of Bengal.
This able and genius son efficiently mixed Bengali music with Western tunes. He produced one after another blockbuster during late sixties and early seventies. Not only that, he utilised his different and extra-ordinary voice very successfully. Who can forget "Mehbooba Mehbooba' sung by him? Which Bengali can forget "Mone pore Rubi Roy", the tune of which was later utilised in "Meri bheegi bheegi si" sung by Kishor Kumar? Even during his lean period, he produced soulful music for 'Ijazat' in 1987. He came back to limelight just before his death in "1942: A Love Story". The songs of the film have become a milestone in Hindi film music. Who can forget his excellent musical rapport with his great wife, Asha Bhonsle?
On his 78th birthday, I am listening to his Bengali and Hindi songs.
My heartfelt respect to R.D. Burman (Pancham-da) on his 78th birthday!