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Pancham's Death Anniversary

June 28, 2010 03:40:44 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It has become more a ritual that when Pancham aka R D Burman's death anniversary happens a regular tribute is paid to his memory by running his favorite songs during the day and by obtaining the quotes of the present day music professionals who still are under the sedated influence of Pancham's musical miasma.

On the occasion of his death anniversary, this article would however try to bring into relief the unheard and unknown nuggets associated with Pancham, and there is no other person than Gulzar to inform about it. Therefore this article would be based primarily on the book written by Meghna Gulzar, on Gulzar "because he is..." where a special chapter has been created on the wonderful combination between Pancham and Gulzar. It indeed is a revelation to know that the famous song from AANDHI, Tere Bina Zindagi se koi shikwa to nahi, was originally composed as a pooja song by Pancham. Indeed Pancham used to compose a full album coinciding with the Dussehra celebrations every year.

Pancham was one music director who did not believe in having his musical sitting inside the recording studio but at most unusual places like his kitchen, driving around in Khandala or at any road side dhaba. Pancham was one of the biggest aficionados of chilies and he used to cross breed them on his own terrace to whip up new recipes, incidentally, he was a great cook.

The famous song from PARICHAY, Musafir hoon yaaron... was one of the first songs that were composed in such a manner. Pancham had this habit of playing the music in his car's cassette and he made Gulzar listen to it, Gulzar chipped in with his suggestions and the song was ready by the morning. This was for Gulzar introduction into the manner in which Pancham made music.

Meghna Gulzar reminiscences that when Pancham used to compose a song the face of the singer would appear before his eyes, and when it happened that face of Gulzar appeared before him, he would keep the song aside for Gulzar to use it in his films.

For the music aficionados, especially those who freak out on Pancham's fusion music, LIBAAS is one film whose music is indeed a refreshing ode to the years. Had LIBAAS been released, it would have reestablished Pancham's genius as a music director, and Gulzar still rues about this fact, as it was for the first time that Suresh Wadekar sang under his baton, and went on to sing again for 1942 A LOVE STORY.

It is these quaint incidents from his life that make Pancham what he is for fans across generations including Gulzar, and Pancham's fan following continues to expand.

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