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Remembering Pancham ( Rahul Dev Burman) Unplugged!

Remembering Pancham ( Rahul Dev Burman) Unplugged!

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 If   Rahul Dev Burman  was alive  today you can bet your  last rupee he would be hyper-active  as a composer…provided  the  film industry would have let him  go on doing what he  was  born to.

In his closing  years he was shunned by  the same people whose careers he had  made through his lilting songs. Filmmakers who swore by his name switched  to other more saleable  names . Ramesh  Sippy who did a slew  of  film with  RD in the 1970s and  80s from   Seeta Aur Geeta to Sagar, suddenly  signed   the  more market-friendly  Laxmikant-Pyarelal for Bhrashtachar.

 That  really hurt. There came  a time when  RD sat jobless  on the  verandah  of  his home. He would place a   bedsheet  on  side overlooking the street  so that  people wouldn’t know he was  sitting idle .

Hurt and rejection were nothing new  to RD. Born  under the shadow of  the  great Sachin Dev Burman ,…

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