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Tuesday, August 27, 2002

From Pancham Group: Nerurkar talks about his conversation with Pancham on his debut work

In this connection I would like to share the discussion I had
with PM on this issue. PM told me about his debutant film as under :-
"I was assisting Sachinda, my father, since 1954-55. But I started working with him seriously durring the making of Pyasa. I worked very hard for this film and contributed a lot to the music of the film. Gurudutt, who had a great sense of music, was very impressed with my work and offered me an independent film as a music director titled Raaz. Ofcourse my father didn't liked it. He tried to convince Gurudutt by saying that PM is still in the process of learning the tricks of the trade and agewise also he is not that mature to handle such kind
of big job. But Gurudutt was confident. He insisted for me only. With great difficulty my father consented for it. I did composed two tunes which were approved by Gurudatt. Subsequently the film got shelved. Sometime after I went to Banglore with Mehmood, who was very good friend of mine, to attend one horse race. While coming back from the Banglore we came in a Car and casually I hummed one of the compositions I did for Raaz. He liked it very much & immediately offered me a film Chhote Nawab. I used one of the composition of
Raaz in Chhote Nawab i.e. Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye." I enquired about the other tune of Raaz. He said he never got a chance to use the other tune he had composed for Raaz.

Saturday, August 24, 2002

rediff.com: Interview: Anand ji

The rapport that Kalyanji and Anandji struck with every singer was as much personal as professional. Lata Mangeshkar was a regular at Kalyanji's place for Kutchi home-cooked food, while Asha Bhosle would frequently invite them over. "Once there was this major Kalyanji -Anandji Night lined up with Kishore Kumar in Mumbai, and he suddenly took ill. Asha Bhosle and R D Burman called us up at that critical hour and, without accepting any money, performed at our show all evening, even belting out our hits like Khaike paan Banaraswala from Don. Shortly after they called, we also had got a call from Lataji, offering to come for the same show."


"Pyarelal had a standing offer that he would leave his own recording and come to us if we ever needed an arranger. Dada Burman (S D Burman) would ask us to convey something to his son Pancham when he felt hesitant to say it himself! We would even adjust recordings so that key musicians needed urgently by others could go there while we worked on pieces for which they were not needed."

CINEMA���� August 27

He is not new to world of film music. Having worked with the likes of Rahu1 Dev Burman, from his 1981 super hit, Love Story to another 1993 musical extravaganza, 1942 - A Love Story. During the period, Pandit Ronu Majumdar got to embellish and infuse life, into many of the compositions of Panchamda, with his soulful rendering of the wind instrument like the �flute�.

Monday, August 19, 2002

Madhavan says for Dil Vil Pyar Vyar

Designed as a tribute to R D Burman's music, the soundtrack of Dil Vil Pyar Vyar has earned Rs 250,000 in the first three days. It has revived the slumping fortunes of the music company Sa Re Ga Ma (HMV), which recently lost heavily with expensive soundtracks like Yash Chopra's Mujhse Dosti Karoge.

Will Madhavan rejuvenate the ailing Tamil film industry, with Run and the Hindi music industry with Dil Vil Pyar Pyar? The actor laughs. "No such thing. But I loved singing R D Burman classics like Yeh jo mohabbat hai and Tere bina zindagi se koi shikwa. What a privilege! We three actors would fight about who would get to sing which R D number."

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Rediff Interview: Ehsaan, Loy, Farhaad (Instant Karma)

Ehsaan: Yeah! It's great fun. They're such gorgeous songs.

But they're other composers' property!

You know, I really think if R D Burman were alive, he would come to us and tell us, "Why don't you do my songs?" *laughs*. It's really sad the way RD died. I've heard the music company wanted some other composer for 1942: A Love Story. But Vinod Chopra insisted on RD.

Loy: I think RD would have approved of Instant Karma. Composers write music in different ways. When we wrote Jaane kyon log pyaar karte hai in Dil Chahta Hai, we did it one way. Others are most welcome to do it in another.

There are always variations to a song. It's a living, constantly mutating entity. So for me to do an RD song is an honour. Today we're fighting for a lot of things that he did. We're successful because RD paved the way for us.

Farhaad: We don't do just RD. We also do Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, eh? Strangely we end up doing an RD song nine out of ten times. Would he approve of what we're doing? Any musician would take a version of his song as a compliment.

Because a version gives a new lease of life to the original. When we did Bahon mein chale aao, many mediapersons didn't know it was a song from the film Anamika.

Mozart would have died long ago if he weren't kept alive by musicians who followed. If RD Burman were alive, he would be collecting royalty.

rediff.com: Movies: 'We do versions, not remixes'

Loy (L): We're just out here having fun with the works of some great composers. We haven't really restricted ourselves to R D Burman. But it just so happens that we keep going back to his songs. I guess we come from the same headspace.

RD wasn't into ripping anyone else's music. He thought light years ahead of everyone else. He was very global in what he did. Even with limited technology and media coverage, RD did exemplary work.
As a kid, I used to listen to a lot of classical music on the radio. I don't really come from a film music background, but I could make out a lot of RD's influences from the music my Dad played at home. We had all kinds of global music playing at home.

Saturday, August 10, 2002

Bollywood continues to churn out R.D. Burman tributes

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, Aug 10 (IANS) Eight years after his death R.D. Burman continues to inspire Bollywood, with two forthcoming films claiming to be authentic tributes to the legendary music composer.

There are striking similarities between Anant Mahadevan's "Dil Vil Pyar Vyar", which opens early September, and Sujoy Ghosh's "Jhankar Beats", slated for release a little later.

Both of them are directed by newcomers and were conceptualised as tributes to Burman.

But while Mahadevan's film tells its tale by interweaving Burman songs into a three-tiered story, Ghosh's film has opted for an original music score, by Vijay Shekhar, with some of Burman's music.



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