In 1995, a new award was introduced as a part of Filmfare Awards. Named after Rahul Dev Burman, the first recipient of the award was A.R. Rahman. R.D. Burman was affectionately called as ‘Pancham’ meaning five in Bengali because he could cry in five different notes. And, another theory being Ashok Kumar giving him the name when he heard baby R.D. Burman singing only ‘pa’ pa from the Sargam. Which version do you like?
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