Lata fondly remembers RD on his 72nd birth anniv.
Son of the eminent music director Sachin Dev Burman, R D was fondly referred to as `Pancham Da`.
"Today, I remember, a 13-14 year old boy, wearing khaki shorts and a white shirt had come to take my autograph. I remember, I was recording a song with S D Burman sahab when the small boy came and Burman dada told me he was his son – Pancham…and that he is learning to play sarod. This was the first time I had met Pancham," Lata said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Music director R D Burman, one of the most loved composers of Bollywood, started his journey with `Chhote Nawab` (1961). After that, he brought a refreshing change with his extraordinary compositions like `Raat Kali`, the sensual song `Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja`, the ultimate hippie anthem `Dum Maro Dum` and the classical `Raina Beeti Jaaye` among others.
"I was surprised when Mehmood (comedian-filmmaker) Sahab told me that Pancham is giving the music for the film `Chhote Nawab` and my song was `Ghar Aaja Ghir Aayi`. I felt good after listening to the song and I was thinking how this small boy has given such a good music. Since then we worked together several times," the melody queen said.
"He died at a young age. I feel very sad for it. Pancham was a very talented music director and today on his birth anniversary I just want to say that you will always remain alive in our memories," she said.
Today, in his memory Lata dedicated the first — `Ghar Aaja Ghir Aayi` (From the film `Chote Nawab` – 1961)– and the last song – `Kuch Na Kaho`(From the film – `1942: A Love Story` — 1994) that she sang with him to the music director`s innumerable fans.