Today is Rahul Dev Burman's 72nd birth anniversary, and if you are tuned in, you will hear almost all his big hits on radio and television special shows.
You will also hear interviews with people who knew him and worked with him. These annual tributes give us an opportunity to hear his songs as they were originally recorded (and not remixed), but they have also become a bit of a ritual. The uncritical praise is now so predictable you might be tempted to skip the shows even if you were a RD Burman fan.
Perhaps it is time we asked why some music lovers consider Pancham, as he was called, an intelligent innovator but an artistic failure. Sceptics of his music exist, even if their voices are drowned out in the din about his greatness. As for the media, we find it easier to locate people who say respectful things than people who would stick their necks out and talk about how a successful artiste's work is flawed.
Two years ago, I attended a film-screening organised by RMIMRead More »from Any RD Burman sceptics out there?