- R.D. Burman
made his acting debut in Mehmood's 'Bhoot Bangla'. Later in 'Pyar Ka Mausam'
too he gave a hilarious performance as Mr. Popat Lal.
- Pancham introduced
the twin track effect in 'Baharon Ke Sapne'. which he later used to create
the mesmerizing 'qatra qatra miltee hai' (Ijaazat) and a few more songs.
- He also pioneered
the use of electronic organ in Indian Films with the song 'O mere Sona re'
- RD was, as
Gulzar says, as good a craftsman as he was a musician. He picked the sounds
for his songs from very indigenous sources.
- In 'Chura
liya' he used the sound of a spoon hitting a glass .
- For the Kitaab
song 'Master jee kee aa gayee chiTThee' he brought some desks from a classroom
in the studio while recording and used them as percussion.
- In Abdullah
he used the sound of a bamboo whistle with a balloon tied to it for a song.
- Once to get
the sound of raindrops, he spent a whole rainy night in his house's balcony
recording the sound he wanted.
- In the song
'O Manjhi Re' from the movie 'Khushboo', R.D. Burman used bottles with water
filled at different levels and created a hollow sound by blowing into them
and this sound effect was used with the orchestra.
- During the
recording of 'Hum donoN do premee' (Ajnabee) the musicians were on strike.
So he improvised the song with emptied-out musical interludes and just listen
- The mouth organ
played in the song 'Hai Apna Dil To Awara' sung by Hemant Kumar in the film
'Solva Saal' is played by R.D. Burman himself.
- R.D. Burman
played the mouth organ for his friends Laxmikant-Pyarelal in a song in 'Dosti'
and also in a movie for Kalyanji-Anandji.
Burman used Pancham's tune 'ai meree topee palat ke aa' in 'Fantoosh'. Pancham
was only 9 when he composed the tune.
- Again next
year, for Pyaasa, SD used his son's 'Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye', which became
a big hit.
- Both Lata and
Bhupinder won a National award for the song 'Beeti Na Bitaayee Raina' from
'Parichay', and this song was composed in a hotel room in no time.
- Aarti Mukherjee
won a National award for the song 'Do Naina Ek Kahaani' from 'Masoom'.
- Gulzar (best
lyricist), Asha Bhosle (best female singer) won National awards for the song
'Mera Kuchh Samaan' from Ijaazat.
- RDB was the
first to introduce the Brazilian bossa nova rhythm in Hindi film music - the
song was "Maar dalega dard-e-jigar", sung by Asha, in "Pati
Patni". That rhythm has since been endlessly used for film music. (contributed
by Chandrashekhar, UAE)
- R.D. Burman
won the Filmfare Award only 3 times (Sanam Teri Kasam, Masoom, 1942-A Love
Story) while being nominated 16 times for the award.
- Amit Kumar,
Abhijeet & Shabbir Kumar were given their first breaks by Pancham.
- Jatin of Jatin-Lalit
used to be in Pancham's children's choir.
- Nasir Hussain,
for the first time after Teesari Manzil, did not sign R.D. Burman, in 'Qayamat
Se Qayamat Tak'.
- In July 1968,
when presenting the Vividh Bharati Program Jaimala, Pancham played the following
- kajre badarwa
re (Pati Patni), Lata
- O ganga maiyya
paar laga de (Chandan Ka Palna), Lata
sharaabee mera naam ho gaya (Chandan ka Palna), Lata
- chunree saMbhaal
goree (Baharon Ke Sapne), Lata
- mere saamne
waalee khiD.kee meiN (Padosan), Kishore
- ghar aaja
ghir aaye (Chhote Nawaab), Lata
- kahna hai
kahna hai (Padosan), Lata
- In Decemeber
1971 again in Jaimala Pancham played these compositions of his own:
- Ye jo mohabbat
hai (Kati Patang), Kishore
- O hasina
zulfoN waalee (Teesri Manzil), Asha-Rafi
aankheiN jo teree dekhee (The Train), Rafi
- Jogee o jogee
pyaar meiN kya hoga (Lakhon Mein Ek), Lata-Kishore
- Aao twist
kareiN (Bhoot Bangla), Manna Dey-Chorus
- I Love You
(Hare Rama Hare Krishna), Usha Iyyer-Asha
aankhoN waale (Chhote Nawaab), Lata-Rafi
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