Re: More than a composer (from Deccan Herald)
Probably, Mr. Gupta got carried over here.
Even i dont remember any RD version of the same number.
The song no doubt was a brilliant sentimental / emotional number which had
come after long time.
I remember going to the movie just for Pancham.
Turned out to be a good movie and one of Jackie's best alongwith Kaash and
On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM, Nitin Patnia <nitinpatnia@...> wrote:
> When did pancham sing Gardish song?
> - Nitin Patnia
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> Subject: [Pancham] More than a composer (from Deccan Herald)
> More than a composer Ranjan Das Gupta
> *RD Burman is still remembered as a music director of high calibre and also
> as the uncrowned King of Music in the 70s and 80s.*
> [image: soulful R D Burman was not just a music director but a prolific
> singer too.]He was also a singer of merit, which was clearly overshadowed
> his success as a music composer. Although he might not have had the depth
> and range of his father, S D Burman, R D Burman did usher in a new trend in
> music in the Hindi film industry as a singer.
> R D Burmans journey as a playback singer began with the track Meri Jaan
> Maine Kaha from The Train in 1970. He sang this song with Asha Bhonsle,
> giving a forceful yet musical effect to his voice. Eventually, the song
> proved to be a super hit. Hearing Meri Jaan Maine Kaha, both, S D Burman
> Salil Chowdhury, instructed R D Burman to carry on singing, whenever he
> received a good opportunity.
> *Mass popularity
> R D Burman, in association with Asha Bhonsle, rendered a number of sizzling
> hits in jazz, flamingo, rock and roll as well as disco genres of music
> during the 70s. Some of their memorable numbers include Piya Tu, Duniya
> Mein, Dil To Mane Na and Gulabi Aankhen. All these numbers garnered mass
> popularity, which encouraged R D Burman to experiment with his voice. And
> did! He sang one line (Daddy Ka Mummy Ka) in the antara of the song Phoolon
> Ka Taro Ka (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. R D Burman
> that it would be wrong if he tried to emulate Lata Mangeshkar and her style
> of singing. Therefore, he rendered the line by lowering his tone, thereby
> making his voice sound melodious.
> When S D Burman requested R D Burman to sing a song with himself and Lata
> Mangeshkar (the climax song of Yeh Gulistan Hamara), R D Burman was nervous
> at first. After his father rebuked him for not confident enough to sing
> along, R D Burman accepted the opportunity as a challenge.
> As Lata rendered the track Raina Jagi Jagi sonorously, R D sang the antaras
> in Naga musical style with equal gusto. Of course, both were overshadowed
> S D Burmans performance in the song. In fact, R D Burman said that he was
> pleased to know that his performance was eclipsed by his fathers rendition
> as he had still a lot to learn from the musical legend.
> R D Burman is also remembered for his renowned solo singing performances.
> What leads the pack is Mehbooba Mehbooba in Sholay, followed by songs in
> films Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin and Shaan. Perhaps, his most well-known solo
> Dhanni Dhanni Aankhon Mein, written by Gulzar for Kitab. In this number,
> which had a conglomeration of Spanish interludes and Indian ragas in light
> mood, R D Burman exuded emotions not heard in any of his earlier numbers.
> In the 80s, R D Burman introduced the vocoder in his compositions,
> especially while singing. He introduced this to give an additional effect
> the background score of Sagar.
> By the mid 80s, R D Burman was getting tired of redundant musical and
> singing styles in the Hindi film industry. He understood well that quality
> of music was no more as it used to be in the 50s and 60s. Therefore, he
> experimented with English songs in his second western album, Panthera,
> recorded solely at the studio of Francis Ford Coppola in Los Angeles. It is
> believed that once Coppola attended one of the recordings and appreciated R
> D Burmans music. Hearing his arrangement of music and bold delivery of
> English lyrics in his songs, Coppola told Burman that he was a highly
> After R D Burman married Asha Bhonsle, he sang most of his songs with her.
> Once, he confessed that none of those duets were serene and will never be
> Speaking about quality, R D Burman lamented that he never received
> lyrics, which were suitable for his voice, except the haunting number from
> Kitab. Instead, singers like Mohammed Rafi, Manna De, Kishore Kumar, Lata
> Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle were the ones who had the opportunity to sing
> songs with soulful lyrics while R D Burman composed music for the songs
> By the 90s, R D Burman became increasingly frustrated as a musician. It is
> said that once he cried in front of Salil Chowdhury in Kolkata stating that
> he was losing his musical touch. Salil, who was also a family friend of the
> Burmans, consoled his beloved student and encouraged him. He told him that
> he still had lots of untapped potential as a musician.
> And then came the gem of all R D Burmans songs Hum Na Samjhe The from
> Gardish. This track was undoubtedly his most touching and memorable
> performance after Dhanni Dhanni... Also, very few people know that R D
> Burman was in tears after recording the number.
> R D Burman passed away 17 years ago on January 4. Throughout his career, he
> tried to regain his midas touch in the field of music. R D Burman was also
> fighting a lone battle against the gross commercialisation of Hindi
> songs. He might not be remembered as a legendary singer like Rai Chand
> Boral, Pankaj Mullick, S D Burman or Hemant Kumar, but the few numbers he
> sang still make us sit up and take notice. His voice and music is timeless.
> Pinak Pal
> *Go Bizarre!*
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