Chaitanya Padukone pens book on 'Pancham Da'


Mumbai: Noted journalist Chaitanya Padukone, who shared a close bond with legendary music director R D Burman, has authored a book "R.D.BurMania --Panchamemoirs" which depicts the journey of the late musician.

Tomorrow is the birth anniversary of Burman, popularly known as 'Pancham Da'.

The author-film journalist began his career with an interview of Burman, after the latter won his first Filmfare award.

"Creativity cannot exist in a vacuum (and) you need to be inspired by almost every sound that you hear, the bizarre the better," Burman had told Padukone in the interview during one of his song-recording session.

The book "R.D. BurMania --Panchamemoirs" attempts to string together amazing, amusing and agonising yet fascinating anecdotes, incidents and idiosyncrasies while unravelling the mystique behind Bollywood's most adored composer.

"It's my passionate yet humble token of a 'Gurudakshina' to my 'Guru' (teacher) Rahul Dev Burman. I started my film-journalism career with my idol R D Burman's interview and he had been like a guiding star to me," Padukone told PTI.

Padukone has included quotes on 'Pancham Da' as shared by a galaxy of celebrities like late Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, A R Rahman, Asha Bhosle, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, Mahesh Bhatt, Pyarelal Sharma, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Talat Aziz, Sonu Nigam, Himesh Reshammiya and others.

"From the film industry almost everyone supported me, especially the seasoned playback singers and his team of senior musicians," Padukone added.

Besides this, the book will also have candid and posed pictures of Burman.