Naushad Remembers RD
Pancham fan Indranil Bhattacharya found an article by Naushad (the composer) about Pancham, during a train journey. The article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Bangla magazine Anandlok. Here's an exceprt translated by Indranil.
"In 1989 he had undergone Bypass surgery and I thought that after such a major scare he would stay clear of all such things which took him to such a state. Even he promised to me that he will not touch wine after the operation. But he did not keep his words and again hit bottle to fight loneliness during that time. A genius who ideally should have sailed in the Ocean of music and presented us with rare pearls of sur and taal instead immersed himself in the sea of wine.. ..gradually pushing himself to the doorsteps of death. What a waste of potential and talent! Why Pancham, why did u do this?
"A creative and a versatile genius who had lots of music left in him to again transform moribund music scenario of todays and I believe only he could given a new direction to hindi film music died suddenly and a flower wilted before its full blossom.
"Pancham u did not keep your words."
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