On the 83rd birthday of the late composer RD Burman, singers Anuradha Paudwal and Suresh Wadkar reminisce about what it was like to work with him.

The early composer, the late RD Burman, fondly remembered as Pancham da, was loved by all the musicians who worked with him. On his 83rd birthday today (June 27), singers Anuradha Paudwal and Suresh Wadkar went down in history to commemorate one of their all-time favorite music directors.

Anuradha Paudwal
Anuradha Paudwal

Paudwal, 67, says: “He was a lovely person, a gifted musician and a great music composer. It was always a pleasure to work with him. He always had a smile on his face, which made the atmosphere around really light and jovial Paudwal worked with Burman on songs like Kabhi Kuch Pal Jeevan Ke (Rang Birangi.)† 1983) and Holi Aayee Re (Zalzala.)† 1988).

Suresh Wadkar
Suresh Wadkar

Singer Suresh Wadkar also remembers him fondly. “Pancham da was the most jovial person, who was very friendly with his singers. The love and respect he showed me was unbelievable. He was the only conductor who knew how to get the best results from his singers without making them nervous, and this was one of his unparalleled qualities. He was a loving person, who gave us many beautiful songs. I will always be grateful to him,” the 66-year-old recalled, dedicating a line from his famous Parinda (1989) song for Burman: ‘Tumse mil ke aisa laga tumse mil ke armaan hue poore dil ke.’

Another aspect of the composer, who was also known as the King Of Bollywood Music, which his collaborators fondly remember, was his love of food. “He was a real foodie,” recalls Paudwal, adding: “He loved sharing recipes and talking about food. His personality of very childlike and bubbly in the food department. He loved cooking raan. ”


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