Friday 10 June 2011

Rahul Dev Burman: Mukti (1976)


I have on occasion toyed with the idea of putting together a compilation of RD Burman instrumentals. It would, inevitably, be a fantastic collection, and 'Dance Music' from 'Mukti' [review] would be one of its finest tracks.

I've played it non-stop since obtaining the soundtrack a few months ago. If Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini and Lalo Schifrin had ever worked together, the result might have sounded like this: A multi-faceted masterpiece, with a jazzy Euro-bossa vibe, wordless vocals à la Edda Dell'Orso (c/o Usha Iyer?), swirling strings that remind me of Scott Walker's great 'Plastic Palace People', cool lounge-funk, breakbeats (toward the end); all serving to enhance a perfectly sublime, haunting melody.

Initially, the rest of the album didn't interest me much, but it's grown on me immensely on subsequent listens. Low-key throughout - there's Rafi's wonderfully soulful 'Pyar Hai Ik Nishan Qadmon Ka', Asha's sweet and poppy 'Dil Sajan Jalta Hai' (with a neat ska-tinged break in the middle), the melancholy sounding 'Lalla Lalla Lori Doodh Ki Katori' and 'Suhani Chandni Raten', and finally the fun and playful 'Main Jo Chale Pee Kar'. And did I mention the instrumental?

Well worth grabbing, this.

Track listing:
1. Mohd. Rafi: Pyar Hai Ik Nishan Qadmon Ka Part I
2. Asha Bhosle: Dil Sajan Jalta Hai
3. Mukesh: Lalla Lalla Lori Doodh Ki Katori
4. Mohd. Rafi: Pyar Hai Ik Nishan Qadmon Ka Part II
5. Mukesh: Suhani Chandni Raten
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Lalla Lalla Lori Doodh Ki Katori
7. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Main Jo Chale Pee Kar
8. Dance Music


  1. that instrumental is very Esquivel-ish! I like! :)

  2. That's quite an endorsement!!! Thanks :)

  3. I simply love "Suhani Chandni" and the Dance Music. Amazing.....
    This was the beginning of Louis Banks' career with Burman. Those pianos in the instrumental are Louis's composition :)

    Thank you PC!


  4. Damn, I didn't know that, but now I feel I should have. Thanks Harshi, my Indian jazz knowledge needs brushing up I think...

  5. if u r interested, just go through this book...u'll get many info which r still unknown to many...

  6. Looks interesting, thanks for the tip.

  7. Great album, Dance Music just sublime, recognise it from somewhere else but cant think where
    Thnx v much PC

  8. Always been a favourite that Dance track . I'm 99% pretty sure that's the voice of Anette Pinto. You'll hear her on loads of RD stuff like the Heera Panna theme, and most bizarrely - here - gargling Babu's theme for Rd Burman... . Thanks for the post. I never got round to ripping this from my vinyl. K.

  9. Anette Pinto sounds about right, yes. Shamefully, I keep forgetting about her. Am I right in thinking she did The Burning Train theme as well? Thanks Kas!

  10. I'm guessing so. Easy to forget as she's so rarely credited!

  11. Not to forget the awesome "The Great Gambler" theme, also by Annette :)

  12. #6 is lullaby my mom used to sing to me and my brother when we were young. Brought back good memories of a time gone by... Thanks!

  13. Thanks PC. This is a great album from Panchamda. Lalla Lalla is an excellent lullaby. My fav in this album is Pyar Hain Ek Nishan beautifully rendered by Mohd.Rafi. This has a bengali version too " Madhumaas Jaye" sung by Panchamda himself.

    And yes Dance Music- this too has a great impact on myself.

  14. Gakk. I thought "The Burning Train" was Burman and Usha Iyer.

  15. Mucho thanks...looking forward to this one :)

  16. You should definitely do a compilation of RD Burman instrumentals. It's a fantastic idea. Cheers to that!