Rahul Dev Burman, better known as Pancham by the film fraternity, is a famous Bollywood music director who introduced a western style of music in Indian cinema.  He is the son of veteran music director Sachin Dev Burman and his wife, Meera. R D Burman filmography can be found here. The music composer was born in Calcutta on 27 June 1939. It is said that he has derived his name from the fifth note of Indian scale (musical scale).  His crying in childhood always resembled the fifth note of Indian scale (music), so his parents called him ‘Pancham.' 

This music director dominated the film industry during 1970’s. He was influenced by Western, Arabic, Latin music and often blended them with Indian folk tunes. He also revolutionized the music industry by introducing jazz elements, disco and rock elements in his musical score. The music director was introduced by comedian Mehmood in Chote Nawab (1961). His first hit was Teesri Manzil (1966) after which he never looked back in his musical journey.

Before becoming an independent musical director, Burman also worked as an assistant music director for his father S.D. Burman and assisted him in movies like ‘ Bandini’, “Guide’, ‘ Kagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Teen Deviyaan’, ‘ Jewel Thief’, etc. which released in late 50’s and early 60’s. The composer Rahul Dev Burman (R.D. Burman) was influenced by his father’s talents and learned music from home. He learned sarod from Ali Akbar Khan. He even learned harmonica and other instruments and had the ability to play any instrument very quickly.
When Burman was just nine years old, he composed his first song which his father used for his film ‘Funthoosh’(1956). The music director was also instrumental in Rajesh Khanna’s superstardom, and he gave many hits such as ‘ Amar Prem’, ‘Kati Patang’, ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, etc. (although ‘Teesri Manzil’ and ‘Caravan’ remains a milestone in his career). During 1970’s he became the most sought-after music director In Bollywood and gave excellent and haunting musical score in ‘ Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, ‘ Anamika’, ’Yadon Ki Barat’, ‘ Sholay’, ‘ Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’, etc.

Burman was the favorite music composer of Dev Anand, Nasir Hussain, and even Gulzar. It was Gulzar who allowed him to score for his films like “Parichay,' ‘Aandhi,' ‘Kinara, ‘Ijaazat,' ‘Khushboo’ and’ Namkeen.' Gulzar and R D Burman also worked together as lyric writer-composer for other films like ‘ Ghar’,’Masoom’, ‘Libaas’ ‘ Golmaal’ etc. which are truly classical.

Burman married Rita Patel in 1966 and got divorced in 1971. Later, he married singer Asha Bhosle in 1980 and remained happy together. His last journey in music was through films like ‘ Agar Tum Na Hote’, ‘1942-A Love Story’ ‘Betaab’, ‘ Saagar’ etc. The music composer passed away on January 4, 1994, leaving a void in the film industry.

Nadeem Saifi

Nadeem Saifi is one of the musical composers from the duo Nadeem Shravan. The duo came to recognition as Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod in the industry. They chose to keep their first names and got credited as Nadeem-Shravan in the industry. But after 2005, the duo composers got a split and Nadeem is making his comeback again after ten years with a film ‘Ishq Forever’ which is expected to get released in January 2016. The soundtrack is quite pleasing, and he has chosen singers like Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Fateh Ali Khan, Palak Muchha and Neeti Mohan. This film does not have Kumar Sanu’s songs; Sanu was a permanent playback singer in Nadeem-Shravan’s films.  The composer also has a few more assignments for 2016. Nadeem has been 17 years away from India due to false implications that were made against him for the death of T.Series owner Gulshan Kumar. It was in 1972 that the two musicians came across each other at a function. Thus, their association grew up and the first assignment that they got was for a Bhojpuri movie ‘Dangal’ (1972).  In 1981, the duo bagged their first Hindi movie project ‘Maine Jeena Seekh Liya’. But their real success came after the release of ‘Aashiqui’ (1990) which put the duo composers in the limelight. Bollywood industry’s Moghul Gulshan Kumar (famous for T.Series) gave them a break. Every song of ‘Ashiqui’ was in lips of every moviegoer and the film became hit only for songs. It was said that when the songs were played in the theater, people used to get in and come out after the song sequences were over. The film ran for houseful shows in many locations. After ‘Aashiqui’ there was no looking back for this duo. Their association continued together for many blockbuster movies such as ‘Saajan’, ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Raja’, ‘Dilwale’, ‘Raja Hindustani’ and ‘Phool Aur Kaante’.  The uniqueness of their composition was that they used bansuri (flute), the sitar and the shehnai. This usage was pleasing The highlight of their music was that they retained the classical music patterns alive in every music album and every movie for which they had scored. Their music is still popular and hummable even now. Some songs of this duo that are noteworthy and mentionable include ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’, ‘Sochenge Tumhe Pyar’, ‘Dekha Hai Pehli Baar', etc. Nadeem Shaifi had composed songs for lyricist like Hasrat Jaipuri, Anand Bakshi, Faaiz Anwar, etc.  Nadeem was also responsible for the growth of the career of Anuradha Paudwal, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, etc. Most of this duo’s compositions were inspired from ghazals and other charts. Even S.P. Balasubramanyam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Hariharan, Sonu Nigam, Suresh Wadkar had lent their voices for their compositions. The duo was in demand in the industry for a decade (1990s-2000s). They got separated after 2005. After the split, Nadeem Saifi concentrated to run his own perfume and bag Company, and Shravan Rathod concentrated on his son’s musical career. However, Nadeem Saifi is expected to return as a solo composer for a new film in 2016. It may be noted that ‘Ashiqui’ Album crossed sale of more than 200 million cassettes and CDs. Nadeem is hopeful that he will create another magic with his new film after ten years.

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