Inspired Panchamda


Today’s post is – Inspired Panchamda. R D Burman was also called Panchamda. Several genres inspired him to compose his music. Sometimes, he used Western dance music as an inspiration for his works. Following the trend in Bollywood, his tunes featured those of some songs from other countries. Many-a-times, the movie-makers would force him to lift these tunes, leading to plagiarism allegations.

Bollywood and Inspired Panchamda:

Some Bollywood songs composed by R D Burman inspired by music from abroad:

Aao twist karen… Bhoot Bangla (1965) – Chubby Checker’s Let’s twist again…

Mehbooba Mehbooba… Sholay (1975) – Director Ramesh Sippy wanted Panchamda to copy from the traditional Cyprus song Say you love me… arranged and sung by Demis Roussos.

Mil gaya humko sathi… Hum Kisise Kam Nahin (1977) – Nasir Hussain insisted that the composer use Abba’s Mamma Mia… here.

Jahan teri yeh nazar hai… Kaalia (1981) – Heleh maali… from the Persian artist Zia Atabi.

Dilbar mere… Satte Pe Satta (1982) – Alexandria’s Zigeunerjunge…

Zindagi milke bitayenge… Satte Pe Satta (1982) – Paul Anka’s The longest day….

Tumse milke… Parinda (1989) – Leo Sayer’s When I need you….


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