It is difficult to imagine Hindi cinema without music. Many of the best musicians in the country became famous thanks to Hindi cinema. These musicians created countless popular melodies that are so melodious that they are still heard with fervor. The name of Rahul Dev Burman (RD Burman) is included in the list of the best musicians of Hindi cinema.
RD Burman, popularly known as Pancham Da in the film industry, is also remembered as the revolutionary musician who forever changed Hindi film music. He created a different magic using western music, unconventional instrumental melodies with Indian music. Another issue is that many of his popular tunes have also been accused of plagiarizing foreign tunes.
To the tune of Pancham Da, Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle sang many great songs in their careers. Pancham da had inherited music. His father, SD Burman, was also a famous musician. He started composing many melodies at a very young age. It is said that at the age of nine, RD composed the melody for “Ae Meri Topi Palt Ke” that his father used on Funtoosh.
The popular song – Sir Jo Tera Chakraye with Johnny Walker on Guru Dutt’s “Pyaasa”, was also composed by RD. Later, RD began his film career as his father’s assistant and composed melodies for films in many regional languages, including Hindi. Chote Nawab, which arrived in 1961, was his first film. He was active as a musician for 33 years until his death and composed the tunes for dozens of films.
Did RD Burman make tunes about plagiarism?
Incidentally, Pancham Da had received adequate training in Indian music. But he was very fond of western melodies. When he started giving music independently in movies, he also used it fiercely. Although Pancham Da’s attachment to western melodies was not to his father’s liking. He was also charged with theft. Whenever there is a debate on this topic also on social media. In one such discussion on Reddit, a list of original tunes was shared claiming some of Pancham’s popular tunes as theft. a Web page But then a list of RD Burman’s 42 most popular songs has been released. It also mentions the list from where the original music was collected. how that a list And this is where the theft of 23 tunes from Pancham Da movies has been reported.
Popular Pancham tunes that have been hailed as theft are Mehbooba O Mehbooba (Sholay), Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko (Yaadon Ki Baraat), Jeevan Ke Har Moud Pe Mil Jayenge Humsafar (Jhootha Kahin Ka), Tumse Mil Ke Aisa Laga (Parinda), Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Nata Koi (Aa Gale Lag Ja), Ek Main Aur Ek Tun, Sapna Mera Tut Gaya (both songs in Khel Khel Mein), Main Jha Jha Mast Hawa Ka (Double Cross), Songs by Teri Hai as Zameen (The Burning Train), Mausam Pyaar Ka (Sitmagar), O Maria (Sagar), Aa Dekh Zara (Rocky), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Sholay), Kabhi Beksi Ne Mara (Different) are included.
In fact, influenced by Western music, Pancham Da was a fan of the American jazz singer Louis Armstrong. The Mehbooba O Mehbooba melody in Sholay was inspired by that. In his book on RD Burman, film journalist Chaitanya Padukone has said that: “Pancham da was heavily influenced by western or jazz and many of his songs were inspired by it, but he never plagiarized melodies like other musicians. Pancham da I used to say that I am trained in Indian classical music and not western or jazz music. So I can’t do anything that I don’t understand or know. But what I’m doing (some western inspired songs) making melodies) That’s not chori. Just I’m taking the essence of western melodies and mixing it with Indian classics to create something unique. “
For the melody of Yaadon Ki Baaraat Mein Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko .., it is alleged that Pancham Da was taken from Bozura’s “If It’s Today This Must Be Belgium”. But only Chura Liya Hai Tumne’s opening melody … has taken the beans. If you listen to the songs, Pancham Da has done a lot of extra arrangements and layers in the melody, which is very unique and just his music. Pancham Da’s specialty was that he used natural sounds in addition to traditional instruments in songs. Various sounds such as the noise of raindrops, the sound of the body, the noise of the crowd and traffic, the city of the train and its noise were used in the melodies. There has never been another more experimental musician in Bollywood.
Born on June 27, 1939 in Calcutta, Pancham Da died on January 4, 1994. He gave immortal music in several dozen films. His last 1942 film was A Love Story. All the songs in this movie were also super successful. Don’t say anything, don’t say anything, what to say, what to listen to … it’s the song from this movie.
Last thing. Stealing melodies and drawing inspiration from them are two different stages.