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To a nation fed on classicalmusic, the advent of Rahul Dev Burman with his repertoire of Western beats wasa godsend. RD revolutionized Hindi film music in the 1970s, and with hisemphasis on rhythm and beats, this Pied Piper of Hindi film music had youngIndia swinging to his tunes. At the same time, this genius proved his manydetractors who criticized him for corrupting popular taste wrong by composingsome of the most influential raga-based songs in Hindi cinema and showing animmense comfort with all kinds of music, including Indian folk. RD: The Man,The Music looks at the phenomenon called R.D. Burman and how he changed the wayIndians perceived Hindi film music. Through anecdotes and trivia that went intothe making of Pancham’s music – the many innovations he introduced, like mixedrhythm patterns, piquant chords and sound mixing – and through interactionswith the musicians who were part of RD’s team, the authors create a fascinatingportrait of a man who, through his music, continues to thrive, even fifteenyears after his death.

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