In a unique tribute to music legend R.D. Burman, popularly known as Pancham, filmmaker Brahmanand S Siingh, who came to fame after his exceptional documentary Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai (2009) is yet again paying his homage to the musical genius.
According to reports to commemorate the 76 birth anniversary of R.D. Burman, that falls on June 27, Brahmanand S Siingh will be releasing a video and a book titled ‘Diamonds and Rust’ as a mark of reverence to R.D. Burman.
Brahmanand S Siingh briefing media said, “The video will feature a collection of rare interviews on late Pancham and the coffee table book will contain untold anecdotes of R.D.Burman’s life.”
What is intriguing about Pancham’s life is that while he was alive he was looked down upon as a plagiarist in the 70’s with music critics alleging him of picking western tunes. Likewise in the 80’s and early 90’s when his films flopped, he was written off as a flop music director. Hence throughout his life he was a sad man aspiring to gain true recognition.
In an interview eminent singer Bharat Ratna, Lata Mangeshkar said, "For a composer as talented as Pancham to be almost jobless was a living death. Pancham was very unhappy. He would sometimes share his grief with me. I feel sad even now when I recall how cruel the industry was to Pancham just because some of his music didn't do well.”
In the late 80’s Pancham suffered a massive heart attack due to the trauma of being discarded by the film industry. He underwent heart surgery in London. However after recovering a valiant Pancham took a vow to make a comeback and prove his worth.
It’s reported after recovering from surgery, Pancham told his attending doctor, "Doctor, now that you've mended my dying heart, I will mend my dying career. You will hear my name echoing again for the melodies that I will create".
True to his words, Pancham came back with a vengeance in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942: A LOVE STORY.
He created the kind of music that not only made him won him awards but made him immortal as a musical genius par excellence.