The ‘real’ Rahul Dev Burman unraveled
The legion of ardent Pancham-Premis (R D Burman-fans) all across the globe are gearing up to usher in the iconic maestro’s 77th birth anniversary (27th June).
Not only was R D Burman a maverick genius when it came to composing music, he was quick-witted ‘fun-atic’ as well. Recalls eminent playback singer Shailendra Singh, “ Way back in ’81, during monsoon whilst we were travelling in my car, we were having rounds of ‘booze’ to keep ourselves warm. Suddenly the soda-water got over. Not one to give up so easily, Pancham-da (RDB) insisted that we thrust our glasses outside thru the window and he said ‘cheers’, as the downpour filled up his glass,” he chuckles.
This is just one of the dozens of anecdotes and trivia revealed in this latest book ‘ R D Burmania—PanchaMemoirs authored by eminent award-winning senior showbiz journalist Chaitanya Padukone. Besides ‘live’ R D Burman Memorial concerts being convened across India, a special ‘PanchaMemoirs’ book titled ‘R D Burmania’ authored by eminent award-winning senior showbiz journalist Chaitanya Padukone, who shared a close rapport with Panchamda, for nearly ten years, is being launched initially thru the digital (Amazon) medium.
Besides the fascinating ‘memoirs’, the book also includes a collection of rare, startling vintage RDB photographs, as also exclusive personal tributes given by a galaxy of luminaries to the author Chaitanya. From Amitabh Bachchan to A R Rahman, from Lata Mangeshkar to Pyarelal, from Asha Bhosle to Babul Supriyo from Shekhar Kapur to Zeenat Aman and from Sunil Gavaskar to Sonu Nigam they have all shared their Burman-centric sentiments. In his foreword for this book, ‘showman’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali ( ‘Bajirao Mastani’) has confided, regarding his personal experiences at the song-sitting of ‘1942-A Love Story’