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News |  25 Apr 2019 12:42 |  By RnMTeam

The never-ending magic of RD Burman

MUMBAI: The name RD Burman is synonymous with timeless music. From heartbreak to romance, philosophical to groovy dance numbers, there is no genre untouched by this melody king. The magic of his music is such that even the next generation of music composers go back to his compositions to seek inspiration. In today’s world, it would mean remixing his good old classics.
Burman’s songs are being remixed in Bollywood for a while now, but 2019 witnessed his songs hit the speed button. Few of his iconic songs Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Rim Jhim Gire Sawan and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani were recreated.  
The reasons for remixing his songs are many – timelessness, east meets west sound among others. Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo is the best example of east meets west kind of a song as it sounds similar to If Its Tuesday, it must be Belgium. But what we heard was the tune with a twist.
His work with Asha Bhosale and Kishore Kumar is a treasure for any music lover. It is impossible to think of the era from the 1960s to mid-’80s and not find chartbusters given by the genius. His legendary stories of identifying day to day utility items as musical instruments are well known of. As music composer Rochak Kohli who has remixed some of Burman’s memorable tracks says, “He had a punch to innovate. This is the reason why his songs are still relevant.”
He continues, “RD is the greatest composers of all times and I am a very big fan of his music. I have learned a lot from his songs. It amazes me how he could make a sad or happy song with equal ease.  If you see his span of work and the number of hits given it is phenomenal. If you take a song like Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si, you will realize how difficult it is to make a song like that today.”
Kohli had a task to re-compose the much-loved Rim Jhim Gire Sawan and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and he shares the experience, “With Ek Ladki Ko I had the liberty to experiment as there were additional lyrics but Rim Jhim Gire was a challenge as we had to retain the melody and lyrics.”
Jonita Gandhi, a voice that today’s youth connects with shares her opinion, “I think the melodies created by RD Burman are timeless and are in our blood. That is the reason those songs still find such a large audience. A remix is supposed to be a representative of what the original is supposed to be. With those original songs, there is certain connect that people have and hence they receive so much adulation.”
Gandhi also expresses that she would like to recreate or remix Aao Na Gale Laga Lo Na. We know she would do an absolutely amazing job at that.
The youngsters connect with groove and the sounds that Burman created. Even today, any party can be started by Dum Maaro Dum, a broken heart can find solace in Chingari Koi Bhadke, and romance can bloom in Roop Tera Mastana. Such is the never-ending magic of RD Burman and we know it is endless.