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Fans of music maestro R D Burman on Thursday unveiled a bronze bust of their legend singer on the bank of river Brahmaputra at the historical Netai Dhubuni Ghat park in Dhubri town.

The bust was sponsored by R D Burman Fans Club, Dhubri formed in 2016.

Noted artist of Assam J P Das and Pulak Benerjee, in presence of the members of the club unveiled the bust, reportedly worth about Rs 75000 constructed by the renowned artist Joyshree Biswas of West Bengal.

After unveiling the bust, J P Das said,” it is really a proud moment for me to be present here and unveil the statue of great music maestro Panchamda in Dhubri, the historical town of Assam.

Das also extended thanks to the R D Burman Fan Club of Dhubri who took the initiative and got the bust installed.

Rahul Dev Burman popularly known as Panchamda was born on 27 June, 1939 at a house on South End Park, Kolkata.

R D Burman went and joined his father S D Barman’s as an assistant and as a harmonica player. He played the harmonica in several songs in films like Dosti, Solva Saal and Aradhana etc.

He debuted as a music composer with the film Chhote Nawab in 1961. Besides Hindi, he has composed songs in Bengali, Tamil, Telegu and Malayam films too.

He will always figure among the finest music composers in Bollywood. His iconic compositions, including Mehbooba (Sholay), Pyaar Karnewaale (Shaan) and  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha (1942: A Love Story) are much more appreciated by listeners even today. Such was his talent that people claim the tune of the song Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye, was also composed by Panchamda.

His father, music composer S D Burman liked it so much that he included it in the soundtrack of Guru Dutt‘s Pyaasa (1957).

All great playback singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, and Mohammad Rafi have sung songs composed by R D Burman.

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: mkdhubri@gmail.com

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