On the occasion of ace musical maestro R. D. Burman’s 75th birth anniversary, we take a look at some interesting facts about the star that you probably never guessed.
1. R. D. Burman made his first onscreen appearance in Mehmood’s ‘Bhoot Bangla’.
2. R. D. Burman pioneered the use of electronic organ in Indian Films with the song ‘O mere Sona re’ (Teesri Manzil).
3. Not many know that the mouth organ played in the song ‘Hai Apna Dil To Awara’ sung by Hemant Kumar in the film ‘Solva Saal’ is played by R.D. Burman himself.
4. In ‘Chura liya’ R. D. Burman used the sound of a spoon hitting a glass.
5. It is said that in order to get the sound of raindrops, R. D. Burman spent a whole rainy night in his house’s balcony recording the sound he wanted.
6. R.D. Burman played the mouth organ for his friends Laxmikant-Pyarelal in a song in ‘Dosti’ and also in a movie for Kalyanji-Anandji.
7. S. D. Burman used R. D.’s tune ‘ai meree topee palat ke aa’ in ‘Fantoosh’. R. D. Burman was only 9 when he composed the tune.
8. R. D. Burman’s song ‘Beeti Na Bitaayee Raina’ from ‘Parichay’, was composed by him in a hotel room. Both Lata Mangeshkar and Bhupinder won a National Award for it.
9. R. D. Burman was the first to introduce the Brazilian bossa nova rhythm in Hindi film music – the song was “Maar dalega dard-e-jigar”, sung by Asha, in “Pati Patni”.
10. In ‘Abdullah’ R. D. Burman used the sound of a bamboo whistle with a balloon tied to it for a song.