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Rahul Dev Burman (27 June 1939 – 4 January 1994) was an Indian music director and actor, who is considered one of the greatest and most successful music directors of Hindi Music Industry. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Burman composed musical scores for 331 films, bringing a new level of music ensemble with his compositions.[1] Burman did his major work with legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, and Kishore Kumar.[2] He also worked extensively with lyricist Gulzar, with whom he has some of the most memorable numbers in his career. Nicknamed Pancham, he was the only son of the composer Sachin Dev Burman and Bengali singer-lyricist Meera Dev Burman.

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Burman in 1981
Rahul Dev Burman

(1939-06-27)27 June 1939
Died4 January 1994(1994-01-04) (aged 54)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
(present-day Mumbai)
Other namesPancham Da, Shahensha-E-Music
Occupation(s)Music director,
Score composer,
Music Arranger,
Music Producer,
Years active1961–1994
  • Rita Patel
    (m. 1966; div. 1971)
  • (m. 1980)
FamilySee Manikya dynasty and Mangeshkar family (in-laws)

He was mainly active in the Hindi film industry as a composer, and also provided vocals for a few compositions.[3] He served as an influence to the next generation of Indian music directors,[3] and his songs continue to be popular in India and overseas.