Wednesday, January 04, 2006

it was 12 years ago today ... [dedicated to JR and BVHK for inundating my inbox in IST with glorious related laughs]

that our own Sgt. Pepper died a lonely heart ... Each passing year only makes your music more vital Pancham. The remix raajaas continue to plunder your work to fill their coffers, close ones seem to be toeing that line too, your ignored and forgotten scores still come to light only in drips.

And then we have schmendriks like Anu Malik who manage to find net space thanks to portals like Rediff to pay tribute[sic] to the master (Incidentally, when you called up, I was listening to the song Tumne mujhe dekha [from the 1966 movie Teesri Manzil] composed by Panchamda. And when you reminded me that it his 12th death anniversary, it was a bit too much to handle for me.).

I was still waiting and the door was ajar. I peeped in. I could see that suddenly, at the last moment, he changed whatever music he had composed and whatever his musicians were playing. Today, I find the same trait in myself -- I change my music at the last moment if I find it is not gelling.

He was a complete and versatile composer. He could give you an Amar Prem and a Teesri Manzil at the same breath --which, if you notice, I have done when I did while I composed Judwaa and Refugee and Virasat and Border. They are two different genres of music.

Nitwit! this is about Pancham not about you. We'll worry about you when you kick the bucket ...

You can still remember the first time you looked your lover in the eye for the first time. Those moments are trapped in his music. You pick up the score of Jawani Diwani or Teesri Manzil and your heart starts hurting.

Does this guy count from 0? How many first times can you have the first time?

He could twist tunes so well. He would pick up foreign tunes and make it his own tunes. If you remember Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko [from the 1973 movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat], or even if he lifted from Abba, he would turn the antara [the chorus of the song] so well that it changed the whole tune. I think that is one thing that any composer can learn from R D Burman. Rather, you could say that is what I have learnt from him.

So, you're saying you got the HOW-TO for filching songs from him? Perhaps that would explain why churaa liyaa works and why dil de de denaa truly sucks (the "funky" lyrics being an added dose of skunk love) ... Tell us about the time you hinted that people like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who served as raw material for your numerous compositions, should feel grateful for your pilferage ... And then tell me how the a.ntaraa became the chorus of a song? I thought the mukha.Daa usually corresponded to the chorus ... You'd know better ... Take that ghaTam you frequently use in all your "critic-friendly" music and set it on a collision course with your cranium ...

I was unfortunate I never had an opportunity to learn from him. But his music was so strong that you can learn music by just listening to his songs.

You said it dude. Just like you listened to gulaabii aa.Nkhe.n and made merii chaahato.n kaa samu.ndar to dekho ...

He would pick up foreign tunes and make it his own tunes.

Could we get a proofreader who knows English please?

Give RDB a break! Let's just pay tribute to him with silence.

Elsewhere: an interesting article in the Hindustan Times paying tribute to the late genius in a vein similar to Subhash K Jha's ... and it even paraphrases Osho's epitaph. Note from the first author: the mathematical error (11 instead of 12) that permeates the piece (and severely hinders its credibility) was a contribution from the copy editors in the publishing house. Aah, they probably worked for HMV/Saregama at some point. Also, please pardon the random occurrence of spaces. This comes from using sophisticated closed-box tools like the .NET Framework (v7.1) without even a marginal foundation in basic HTML and web authoring.

More elsewhere: The Calcutta Times city supplement features a collection of memories loaded with trivia. Please bear with the TOI's patent-pending stupid clunky design complete with the truly useless "Print this page" --- what happened to "Printable version" for the whole article you quarter-wits?

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