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Monday, January 13, 2003

We need a break!
by Rajiv Vijaykar
Of the two overdoses ["Punjabi Pop" and "Pancham Pop"], the RD one (at least in its original compilations form) is far less objectionable. But it is a supreme irony that a colossus like Pancham is being thrust in such excessive quantity on us when the man himself lived his entire career in search for more variety, experimentation and innovation. And what a tragedy that after his death, this truly-great composer has to be actually categorised with the likes of Bhupis, Sukhbir Manna, Kulbirs, Jassis, Sukhshinders and what-have-you-balle-balles as someone who is beginning to generate ennui. Excess is always bad. And it will be a great tragedy if the music consumer begins to revolt against two major assetes to popular music - Punjabi folk and R.D. Burman´┐Żs brilliance.

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