Rahul Dev Burman born in 27 June 1939 was an Indian film score composer, who is considered one of the best music directors of the Indian film industry. Nicknamed Pancham da, he was the only son of the Bollywood and Bengali composer-singer Sachin Dev Burman and his lyricist wife Meera Dev Burman in Calcutta. The tune of the song Sar jo tera chakraaye was also composed by him as a child, his father included it in the soundtrack of Guru Dutt's Pyaasa (1957). In Mumbai, RD Burman was trained by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (sarod) and Samta Prasad (tabla). He also considered Salil Chowdhury as his guru. He served as an assistant to his father, and often played harmonica in his orchestras. Some of the notable films in which RD Burman is credited as the music assistant include Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Bandini (1963), Guide (1965) and Teen Devian (1965). RD Burman's
first released film as an independent music director was Chhote Nawab (1961). He later developed a close association with Mehmood, and did a cameo in Mehmood's Bhoot Bangla (1965). RD Burman's first wife was Rita Patel, they married in 1966, and got divorced in 1971. RD Burman married Asha Bhosle in 1980. Together, they recorded many hit songs and also staged many live performances.