Google is today celebrating the 77th birth anniversary of legendary music composer with a doodle on its homepage. “Today’s doodle celebrates R.D. Burman’s 77th birthday and honors his lifelong commitment to composing top-notch music for Bollywood,” Google writes on its doodle page. The colorful Google doodle features Burman at the center wearing a scarf, and the background showcases scenes from some of his most famous songs. Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
R. D. Burman or Pancham Da as he was fondly known, was born on June 27, 1939 in Kolkata. Son of famous composer S. D. Burman, Pancham Da too was expected to follow on his father’s footsteps. But Burman did more than just follow, and went on to revolutionize the Bollywood music industry. He composed music for 330 movies, and one of his first works, Sar jo tera chakraaye, was used by his father in the movie Pyaasa. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
Burman famously infused western influences into traditional Bollywood songs. He is remembered for some of the most peppy hits of yesteryears like Dum Maaro Dum, Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyaar and O Haseena Zulfonwaali among many others. Though purists would scoff at his western influences, there was no denying the legendary status some of these songs have achieved. Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
It wasn’t just dance numbers though, and Burman’s portfolio also included some of the most melodious songs in Bollywood’s history including Chura Liya, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha, Tumne Mujhe Dekha and Musafir Hoon Yaaro among others.
During his time at Bollywood he collaborated with a lot of renowned artists like Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar, while his partnership with Kishore Kumar in the 70s resulted in some of the most memorable Bollywood songs. He would also go on to win three Filmfare Awards for Best Music Director.
R. D. Burman suffered a heart attack in 1988, and despite undergoing a surgery, would die at the age of 54.