Anyone who has heard, and jigged along to, songs like Mehbooba, Mehbooba and Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja (sings along automatically!) knows of the colourful and lively entertainer that was Rahul Dev Burman or R.D. Burman as the world knows him.

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R.D. Burman, son of Sachin Dev (S.D.) Burman, set the music scene on fire from the ‘60s through the ‘90s in Bollywood. A composer, a director and a singer, he was one of the greatest personalities back in the day. He began his career at the age of nine when he composed his very first song, which was used by his father in the movie Funtoosh in 1956. He has scored 331 films in his career and was nominated 18 times for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.

R.D. Burman with his father, S.D. Burman

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Pancham Da and Kishore Kumar

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On what would have been his 77th birthday today, Pancham Da is remembered fondly. His classic songs remind us that his music will last forever, creating a harmonious love in our hearts that no other melody can replace.

Here are R.D. Burman’s top 10 songs that we all love!

Yeh Shaam Mastani

Sung by Kishore Kumar for the movie Kati Patang, this song of love has a beautifully soft and serene quality to it.

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein…

This song is eternalized by Rajesh Khanna in the movie Aap Ki Kasam. PanchamDa’s music magically complements the touching lyrics by AnandBakshi.

Tere Bina Zindagi Se

Back when Lata Mangeshkar had the sweetest voice, Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi ShikwaNahi became the song of the love-struck population. R.D. Burman struck just the right chords with the song, and strung the chords in our hearts.

Baahon Mein Chalein Aao

Another Lata classic, this a seductive yet romantic composition that sizzled the country when the movie Anamika came out in theatres.

Jai Jai Shiv Shankar

Who can forget Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in this upbeat number? The song that unites love and God, united generations through its glorious melodies.

Dum Maaro Dum

Only Asha Bhosle can make any song she sings sound sexy. This ZeenatAman starrer has a bold rhythm and makes for an unforgettable number, not only because it was the first of its kind.

Raat Kali EkKhwab Mein

This love song is an eternal harmony. Sung by Kishore Kumar and scored by Burman, it captures the essence of divine love and falls soft on the ears.

Pyaar Hume Kis Mod Pe Le Aaya

Sung by Burman himself, it is yet another song for the love lorn. It is a perfect mix of love, despair and longing.

Gulabi Aankhen

Name one person who doesn’t like this sexy little number! It’s a brilliantly worded song with just the right tunes to showcase it.

Samundar Mein Naha Ke

Another song sung by the composer himself, Samundar Mein Naha KeAurBhiNamkeen Ho Gayi Ho is the right blend of the mischief and flirtation that blossoming love is.

Pancham Da has hits galore, which one is your favourite? Tell us in the comment section below!

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