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PancHum marks RD Burman’s 83rd birth anniversary with musical adda and planting saplings

The legendary RD Burman’s birth anniversary on June 27 is celebrated every year with musical addas, programmes, and impromptu gigs by diehar...

The legendary RD Burman’s birth anniversary on June 27 is celebrated every year with musical addas, programmes, and impromptu gigs by diehard fans of the music maestro. This year being the 83rd birthday, PancHum a group of RDB lovers decided to do things a bit differently to remember him.

Musical Minds had been started as an informal group four to five years ago to celebrate music. The pandemic in 2020 made the group’s bond stronger and PancHum was formally set up by a motley group of RDB fan who are from all walks of life. While Vishwanath Parameshwaran is an interior designer, Sanjay Mishra is a media consultant with Just Dial, Rathin Chowdhury is a singer, Debashish Rakshit is a bank manager, Pradip Dey is a magician and Anindita Ghosh and Payal Mishra are educationists, Vijay Agarwal is a travel agent, Tinku Mandal is an engineer, Abhijeet Saha is an architect Ravindra Singh is a businessman while Rashidul Haq is a builder.

The celebrations were spread over three days and started on June 25 when the group travelled to Joka to pick up saplings of crotons and bougainvillea.

The next day, June 26, PancHum went to Dhulagarh where they planted 83 saplings at Sankrail Business Park in RD’s memory.

At 8 am on June 27, on PancHum went to RD Burman’s house in South End Park where they sang some of his iconic numbers and planted saplings in the garden. They paid floral tributes to his statue installed near Nazrul Mancha which was followed by another singing session. Many other fans who had gathered there too joined in for songs that included ‘Tumse milke aisa laga’, ‘Khush raho’, ‘Yeh dosti hum nahin torenge’, ‘Tere bina jiya jayana’, ‘Bade achhe lagte hain’, ‘Aati rahegi baharen’, ‘Tum kya jaano mohabbat kya hai’, ‘Chand mera dil’, and ‘Jeevan ke har more pe’ among others.

The musical adda continued at Sanjay Mishra’s place after which the group all wearing specially curated RDB T-shirts landed up at Kala Mandir for the annual Euphony event featuring RDB numbers.

Vishwanath Parameshwaran or Vishy as he is popularly known said they are next planning a musical programme and sapling planting event for Kishore Kumar’s birth anniversary on August 4.

“We are also into a lot of social service, one of our ventures being Taare Zameen Par, a school for underprivileged children in Bihar. We are looking after the education of around 60 children in this school which has two teachers. We provide the uniform, books and stationery as well as food for these children,” he added.


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