R D Burman

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Stage Name:
R. D. Burman

Tublu, Pancham

Real Name:
Rahul Dev Burman

Music Director, Singer


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R D Burman is an Music Director, Singer, Composer. R D Burman was born on 27 June 1939 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency (now Kolkata), British India and his real age is 81 years
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Article Type: Biography
Category: Music Director, Singer

NameR D Burman
Real NameRahul Dev Burman
Pet / Nick NameTublu, Pancham
ProfessionMusic Director, Singer, Composer
OriginCalcutta (now, Kolkata), India

Age, Dob, Birthplace, zodiac, star sign

R D Burman Age (Current) 82 years, 1 month, 0 days
Date Of Birth (DOB)06/27/1939 (M/D/Y) (M/D/Y)
BirthplaceCalcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Zodiac SignGEMINI
Star Sign (Nakshatra)Not Sure

Death Details

Alive Or DeadDead
Date Of Death (DOD) (M/D/Y)
After Death TimelineNot Applicable


82 years, 1 month, 0 days, 7 hours, 27 minutes, 21 seconds.
29981 Total days.
- On July 27, 2021


Relationship Status: Not Known
Marital Status: Not Sure

Girlfriend/Boyfriend(s) :

Not Officially announced Yet

Spouse (Wife or Husban:

No Update

Kids: Don’t Know

Father: Yet To Update
Mother: Yet To Update
Sister(s): Not Known
Brother(s): Not Known

Father, Mother, Family Details

FatherSachin Dev Burman (Music Director)
MotherMeera Dev Burman (Lyricist)
No. Of. Brothers0
No. Of. Sisters0
Brother(s)No Brother
Not Sure
Sister(s)No Sister
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Family Photos and Details

Father – Sachin Dev Burman (Music Director)

Mother – Meera Dev Burman (Lyricist)

R. D. Burman Parents

Sister – Not Known

Brother – Not Known

Relationship, Affair, Wife-Husband, Girlfriends-Boyfriends

R D Burman Relationship StatusEngaged
Interested InNot Known
Marital StatusMarried
Marital TypeNot Sure
SpouseWife – Rita Patel (m. 1966; div. 1971), Asha Bhosle (m. 1979)

Affairs/ Girlfriends – Not Known

Wedding Details

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Together Timeline– Not Applicable
Divorce Date
Separated Timeline– Not Applicable

Son-Daughter, Children Details

No.Of. Male Kids2
No.Of. Female Kids1

Kids Details

Son(s) – Hemant Bhosle (Stepson), Anand Bhosle (Stepson)

Daughter – Varsha Bhosle (Stepdaughter)

Caste, Religion, Community, Mother Tongue, Languages Known

R D Burman’s CasteFather – Not Known
Mother – Same As Fathers
CommunityNot Known
Mother TongueNot Revealed Yet
Languages KnownEnglish, Hindi

Address, Native, Hometown, Current City

Native / OriginCalcutta (now, Kolkata), India
Home TownCalcutta (now, Kolkata), India
R D Burman’s Current CityCalcutta (now, Kolkata), India
AddressNot Known

Education, Qualification

SchoolA School in West Bengal
CollegeNot Known
R D Burman’s QualificationNot Known
Other Education NotesNot Known

Personal Details:

DOB (m/d/y):
June 27, 1939
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Calcutta (now, Kolkata), India
Mother Tongue:
Not Revealed Yet
Languages Known:
English, Hindi
Birth Star:
Star Unknown
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Educational Details:

Under Graduate
School: A School in West Bengal
College: Not Known

Physical Traits & Appearance:

R. D. Burman Height In Feet:
Body Measurements:

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Body Type:
Skin Tone:
Very Fair
Hair Color:
Dark Brown
Eye Color:

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Personality, Physical Appearance

Body, Height, Weight

Body TypeSlim
Body MeasurementsNot Known
Zero SizeN/A

Face Properties

Face ShapeOval
Eye ColourBrown Eyes
Nose TypeSharp
Hair ColourBlack
Hair LengthMedium Length
Dimple StatusNo
BeardClean Shaved


CharacterGood Human
NegativeNot Known


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Does Smoke?
Not Sure
Drinks Alcohol?
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Life Style

Does R D Burman, Consume Alcohol?Yes
Does R D Burman, Smoke Cigarettes?Not Sure Yet
Will Drive?Yes
Is R D Burman, Swims?Yes
Is R D Burman, Yoga Practitioner?Not Sure Yet
Does Gym?Yes
Is R D Burman, a Jogger?Not Sure Yet
Eating Habit?Non-Vegetarian

Hobbies, Interests

R D Burman’s HobbiesCooking
FoodChinese, Continental
Musicloves all forms of music
SportsPrefer watching sports
  • He used to like cooking and watching sports.
  • His maternal grandmother used to call him Tublu.
  • His nickname Pancham is a legend in itself. Some stories claim that when he was a child, his cry sounded similar to the fifth note (Pa), G scale of music notation. Another one says that when he used to cry, he used to cry in five different notes; as ‘Pancham’ means five in Bengali. One of the other legends says that once Ashok Kumar came to visit the baby Rahul, he kept on uttering the syllable, Pa continually, so, he nicknamed the boy as ‘Pancham.’
  • Once in his childhood, his father, S. D. Burman, asked him, “What do you want to become?” Pancham replied, I am good at cycling and playing mouth organs, and I can create my own tunes.
R. D. Burman With His Father S. D. Burman
  • He knew how to play a mouth organ. Pancham played the instrument for his father’s composition “Hai Apna Dil To Aawara,” from the film “Solva Saal (1958).”
  • He has even tried his hand in acting during the initial phase of his career; he appeared in films like Bhoot Bangla (1965) and Pyar Ka Mausam (1969).
R. D. Burman With Mehmood In A Scene From Bhoot Bangla
  • In 1969, his father S. D. Burman fell ill during the making of the film “Aradhna (1969).” Pancham then took over as associate composer of the film and completed the music of the film. He composed the famous track “Kora Kagaz Tha Ye Man Mera.”
  • Mehmood first approached S. D. Burman, for his film Chhote Nawab (1961) but S.D. Burman rejected the offer giving the reason that he was unavailable. At his meeting with S.D. Burman, he noticed Pancham playing the Tabla and signed him as a music director for the film.
  • He composed the song “Musafir Hoon Yaaron” from the film Parichay (1972) when he was at a hotel after he separated from his first wife, Rita Patel.
  • He penned the lyrics for the English song, “I’m Falling In Love With A Stranger.” The song was played in the background for a scene, where Praveen Babi and Amitabh Bachchan meet at a bar in the film.
  • He lost his father in 1975. After his death, he composed a lot of hit songs for the films like Sholay (1975), Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977), Kasme Vaade (1978), Khubsoorat (1980), and many more.
  • He is instrumental in bringing a lot of famous singers to the fore including Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Hariharan, and Mohammed Aziz.
  • In the late 1980s, Pancham was overshadowed by Bappi Lahiri and several other music composers. Many of his compositions flopped, and filmmakers stopped choosing him as a composer for his films.
  • In 1986, he composed four songs from the film Izazat, which were written by Gulzar and sung by Asha Bhosle. He was highly praised for his work, and both Gulzar and Asha bagged National Awards for the song Mere Saman from the film.
  • His Latin America rock album, Panthera was released on 6 January 1987. The album was recorded in 1983/1984 in the US.

  • In 1988, he suffered from a heart attack and also went for a bypass surgery a year later in London.
  • The last film that he signed was a Malayalam film, Thenmavin Kombath (1994), but he couldn’t compose for the movie due to uncertain death.
  • The films like Janam Se Pehle (1994), 1942: A Love Story (1994) and Ghatak: Lethal (1996), which contained his compositions were released after his death. He was even received Filmfare Award for the Best Music Director for the film “1942: A Love Story (1994) posthumously.
  • He was very close to Rajesh Khanna, and Kishore Kumar and the triad have worked together in more than 32 films.
  • The story of how Pancham met Kishore Kumar is fascinating. He was in a studio, and he saw Kishore sitting on the wall of the studio. Kishore was wearing a muffler, a cap, and was holding a black stick. Kishore imitated everyone who was passing by the road, just like a monkey. When Burman went to the recording rooms with his allies, Kishore followed them to the recording room. Describing the scene Pancham says, jo jo gana gatey the unka satyanash karte hue woh khud gaana gaane laga (Annihilating the ones who used to sing, he himself started singing a song). When Pancham asked him as to why he was doing so, Kishore replied, ‘I am an orphan. Nobody looks after me. Please give me a chance’. Pancham laughed at Kishore, and that is how their friendship began.
. D. Burman With Kishore Kumar
  • He has composed music for nearly 331 films, which include 392 Hindi, 31 Bengali, 2 Oriya, and a Tamil and Marathi films. He has also composed for five television serials in both Marathi and Hindi.
  • His singing style was highly influenced by American Vocalist and trumpeter, Louis Armstrong.
  • He used to call Gulzar, Safed Kauwa (white crow) because Gulzar always wore red and Gulzar used to address him as, Lal Kauwa (red crow) because Pancham liked the colour red.
R. D. Burman And Gulzar
  • He was so much into music that he even dreamt of it. Chaitanya Padukone, a journalist who considers Pancham as his mentor, describes instances where he would be taking his interview, and suddenly he stood up and went to his arranger Babloo Chakravorty and told him of his ideas. Chaitanya adds, He would do this very often — stop mid-sentence, and then go and talk to Babloo-da and say, ‘Yahaan aisa music rakho, yahaan silence rakho’ and then return to the interview.
R. D. Burman With Chaitanya Padukone
  • Chaitanya Padukone also wrote his biography entitled, R.D. Burmania: Panchamemoirsa. The book was published in 2016.

  • He was always open and honest about his musical sources. His song, Mehbooba Mehbooba from the film Sholay (1975) was inspired by “Say You Love Me (by Demis Roussos).
  • He used different techniques to create his scores, for Mehbooba Mehbooba from the film Sholay (1975) he blew into the can of music bottle to make his rhythm. While, for Chura Liya from Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), he used saucers and cups to create tinkling sounds.
  • He is considered as the first music director to combine the Indian semi-classical music with guitar strokes. The song “Raina Beeti Jaye” from Amar Prem (1972) featured Guitar with Santoor.
  • His documentary Pancham Unmixed based on his life was released in 2008. The documentary was directed by “Brahmanand S. Siingh,” who also made the documentary of Jagjit Singh.

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Movable and Immovable Assets

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Favourites and Preferences

Favourite ActorNot Known
Favourite ActressesNot Known
Favourite Film(s)Not Known
Favourite Director(s)Don’t Know
Favourite FoodBiryani, Fish Kalia, Mutton Dishes, Crabs & Prawns, Goan Stews, Sarapatel
Favourite DrinkNot Known
Favourite FruitNot Known
Preferred OutfitNot Known
Preferred PerfumeNot Known
Favourite Destination(s)Not Known
R D Burman’s Favourite ColourRed
Favourite MusicianNot Revealed Yet
Favourite Singer(s)Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi
Favourite Song(s)Not Known
Favourite Sport(s)Not Revealed Yet


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When he was nine years old, he composed his first song Aye Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa, which his father used in the film “Funtoosh (1956).”

He composed one more song Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye, which his father included in the movie “Pyaasa (1957).”

He then started assisting his father, S. D. Burman. He worked together with his father in the films like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Bandini (1963), Ziddi (1964), Guide (1965) and Teen Devian (1965). In 1959, he started his professional career as a music director with the movie “Raaz,” but the film was never released due to some reasons. His first released film as a music director was “Chhote Nawab (1961).”

His first success as a music director was with the film “Teesri Manzil (1966).” He made his debut as music director in Telugu films with the movie “Rocky (1987).”

R.D. Burman Debut As Music Director In A Telegu Film, Rocky (1987)

His debut in Tamil film industry as a music director was with the movie “Poo Mazhai Pozhiyuthu (1987).”

As A Singer

He sang the famous song, “Mehbooba Mehbooba.” The song was listed No.24 in 1975 and No.6 in 1976 by Binaca Geetmala. It is also the only song which got him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer. He did playback singing and also composed their scores in almost 18 films.

Honors, Awards

Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for ‘1942: A Love Story’ (1955)

Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ (1983)

Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for ‘Masoom’ (1984)

Awards/Places Named After Him :

  • Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation named a public square (chowk) in Santa Cruz after R. D. Burman in 2009
  • On 3 May 2013, India Post launched a special commemorative 5 ‘Postage Stamp’ featuring R. D. Burman’s picture

  • In 2016, on his 77th birthday anniversary, Google had a Doodle of R. D. Burman on its Indian Home Page






R. D. Burman Playing Sarod
Rita Patel, R. D. Burman’s First Wife
R. D. Burman And Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle With Her Daughter, Varsha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle With Her Sons, Anand Bhosle And Hemant Bhosle


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