The late musician, who started his career back in the 1950s, worked on over 331 projects throughout his career and is widely regarded as one of the biggest talents ever witnessed in the Indian film industry.
Married to fellow singer Asha Bhosle, Burman was popularly known as Pancham Da. His USP was making music using several everyday products such as kitchen utensils, fans and bamboo sticks.
In Burman’s honour, here are 10 of his most beloved. Evergreen tracks that are still ruling the charts today.
- ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko’ (Yaadon ki Baraat)
The opening lines of Chura Liya Hai (1973) bare resemblance to the English song If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium from the 1969 film of the same name. Posturized on the lovely Zeenat Aman, it became an iconic number that would be revered for decades after.
- ‘Pyaar Humein Kis Mod Pe Le Aaya’ (Satte Pe Satta)
This melodious 1982 track is testament to Burman’s musical genius. And who can forget the video from Satte Pe Satta, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Sachin, Shakti Kapoor, Paintal, Sudhir, and Inderjeet.
- ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar’ (Aap ki Kasam)
Although this particular song has been remixed plenty of times since its release in 1974, the original Jai Jai Shiv Shankar remains a timeless classic. The timeless track is proof that when Burman, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar collaborated, magic was created.
- ‘Baahon Mein Chale Aao’ (Anamika)
Bahon Mein Chale Aao is one of Mangeshkar’s biggest hits with Burman, from the 1973 film Anamika. The new version of the romantic ballad is sung by Jyotica Tangri, while the music was re-created by Ravi Pawar and Mika Singh.
- ‘Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja’ (Caravan)
This song from Caravan (1971) is considered the ideal cabaret item number, picturised on Helen. The song was sung by Bhosle and Burman, who composed it as well. Piya Tu Ab To Aaja has been dubbed one of the most culturally important Indian film songs ever and “the catalyst” that made Bhosle “queen of cabaret numbers.”