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Exclusive! Armaan Malik on RD Burman: Even today, film music is inspired by Pancham Da in some form or the other – Times of India


On Rahul Dev Burman death anniversary today, we reached out to Armaan Malik, who grew up idolising the veteran composer. In an exclusive chat with Etimes, the contemporary singer-songwriter enthuses about how Pancham Da‘s songs are relevant even today, his favourite composition by the legend, and more. Excerpts…

You come from a music family. Do you have any memories of the legendary RD Burman?


While growing up, I only listened to Pancham Da’s songs; they were a part of my training sessions. So, I used to sing along with the original records as my riyaaz. ‘Zindagi Ke Safar Mein,’ ‘Rim Jhim Gire Saawan,’ and ‘Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna’ were the three songs that were always on loop.

Now that you are a part of the music industry, do you understand his music better?

I think RD Burman was way ahead of his time. Melodically, harmonically, even the beats–he never made stuff that was already happening at the time. Even today, film music is inspired by Pancham Da in some form or the other . His sonic landscape and arrangements are a reference for many composers even today.

What lessons should one imbibe from the music he has created?


The most important lesson was not to be afraid of trying something new. This is one of the reasons why his songs stand apart from the rest to date.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about him?


For any debutant, winning the RD Burman New Talent Filmfare Award is getting the ‘You have arrived’ seal of approval from the industry. Winning one on the same day as my brother, who lifted a Black Lady for his song, at my first Filmfare Award night, was a huge moment for me and our family.

What is that one thing that you admire about the late composer?

It’s his ability to innovate and take risks in the most poised manner.

Which of his songs are close to your heart and why?

‘Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna’ is very close to my heart and the title is self-explanatory.



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