R  D  Burman -   The Man, The Music

R D Burman - The Man, The Music

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Author: Anirudha Bhattarcharjee
Balaji Vittal/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Javed Akhtar/Shammi Kapoor
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 380
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789350290491


To a nation fed on classical music, the advent of Rahul Dev Burman with his repertoire of Western beats was a godsend.

R D revolutionized Hindi film music in the 1970s, and with his emphasis on rhythm and beats, this Pied Piper of Hindi film music had young India swinging to his tunes. At the same time, this genius proved his many detractors who criticized him for corrupting popular taste wrong by composing some of the most influential raga-based songs in Hindi cinema and showing an immense comfort with all kinds of music, including Indian folk.

RD: The Man, The Music looks at the phenomenon called R.D. Burman and how he changed the way Indians perceived Hindi film music. Through anecdotes and trivia that went into the making of Pancham’s music – the many innovations he introduced, like mixed rhythm patterns, piquant chords and sound mixing – and through interactions with the musicians who were part of RD’s team, the authors create a fascinating portrait of a man who, through his music, continues to thrive, even fifteen years after his death.


"It is impossible to capture the talent, energy and dedication to craft that was R.D. Burman, but this book comes close…"
--- Vidhu Vinod Chopra


Foreword – Javed Akhtar
Introduction – Shammi Kapoor
Author’s Note
The RD Team


Book One – Ascendant in Leo

1. The Chhote Nawab
2. Musical Legacy and Beyond
3. Mango and Cadbury Uncle
4. The Pancham Manzil
5. Gold finger
6. Autumn Leaves and Ruby Ray

Book Two – Moon in Libra

7. Dawning of the 1970s
8. Inexpensive Grass, Free Love
9. Starlit Nights
10. Archimedes’ Principle
11. The Swan Song
12. The Film of the Millennium and the Aftermath
13. A for ABBA, B for Boney M

Book Three – Sun in Gemini

14. Old Boys’ Alumni
15. Cracks on the Wall
16. Earthen Pots, Disco Dunce

Epilogue – The Pancham Legacy

General Index
Song Index