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Google’s doodle honours R.D. Burman on 77th birth anniversary

Burman created a rich musical legacy comprising Indian classical, pop, rap, disco, funk, cabarets, which revolutionised Bollywood music

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  • Burman had started composing songs at the age of nine under his father’s expert tutelage
  • Composed music for over 350 films including “Sholay”, “Kati Patang”, “Teesri Manzil”, “Yaadon Ki Baraat” and many more blockbusters.
  • Burman created a rich musical legacy comprising Indian classical, pop, rap, disco, funk, cabarets, which revolutionised Bollywood music

Google on Monday stole the hearts of music lovers by honouring legendary Bollywood music composer R.D. Burman with a doodle on his 77th birth anniversary.

Born in Kolkata on June 27, 1939, Rahul Dev Burman had died at the prime of his career in Mumbai on January 4, 1994, aged 54.

Famous for a variety of compositions including the evergreen “Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko”, “Mehbooba, mehbooba” and more, he was the only son of his equally illustrious father and music director Sachin Dev Burman.

The doodle shows a chubby, bespectacled and smiling portrait of Burman with musical notes and a few scenes of his songs in the background, aptly suiting his nickname of ‘Pancham-da’.

Google doodle RD Burman Image Source: news.panchamithra.in
Google doodle RD Burman Image Source: news.panchamithra.in

“Bringing in influences from all over the world, from disco, to funk, to cabaret, R.D. Burman revolutionised Bollywood,” Google said in its accompanying tribute.

Burman had started composing songs at the age of nine under his father’s expert tutelage and by the mid-1950s, he was an able assistant working on music for some of the top films of that era.

In 1961, “Chhote Nawab”, his first film as an independent music director was released, though he had composed songs for an unreased venture “Raaz” two years earlier.

Since then, he never looked back and composed music for over 350 films including “Sholay”, “Kati Patang”, “Teesri Manzil”, “Yaadon Ki Baraat”, “Pyar Ka Mausam”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, “Sanam Teri Kasam”, “Satte Pe Satta”, “Rocky”, “Aap Ki Kasam” and many more blockbusters.

Occasionally taking the mike solo (“Mehbooba, Mehbooba”) or with some other singers (“Monica, O My Darling” with Asha Bhosle), Burman created a rich musical legacy comprising Indian classical, pop, rap, disco, funk, cabarets, which revolutionised Bollywood music. (Source: IANS)

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Zumba Master Beto Perez Happy That People Are Health Conscious

"Music is fundamental to Zumba. With great music, you lose yourself in the moment and it doesn't feel like you are working out.

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He will be collaborating with Badshah before the end of 2018, and it will see the singer's signature sounds getting choreography and being distributed to Zumba instructors across the globe.
Beto Perez, Columbian dancer and choreographer, wikimedia commons

Excited about hosting a masterclass in India, Beto Perez, creator of the fitness solution Zumba, says by creating a fun environment, people don’t realise how hard they are working out. He is glad people worldwide are becoming conscious about the importance of exercise.

In India for the fourth edition of Fitex India 2018, Perez on Saturday hosted a high-powered masterclass in Greater Noida, to the beats of famed Indian rapper Badshah.

“The energy that comes from an Indian crowd of Zumba fans is like nowhere else in the world. I am also excited to meet so many new instructors in India. Our programme is booming and it gives me enormous pride to know we are creating employment opportunities for thousands of people,” Perez told IANS in an email interview.

He will be collaborating with Badshah before the end of 2018, and it will see the singer’s signature sounds getting choreography and being distributed to Zumba instructors across the globe.

Zumba mixes dance and aerobic elements with accompanying music that is mainly Latin, but also incorporates various genres of music. The movements involve martial arts, squats, lunges and other aerobic techniques.

In 2001, Perez collaborated with Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion to create Zumba Fitness, LLC.

Over the years, the company has partnered with stars like Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Shakira, Maluma, Shaggy, Claudia Leitte, Pitbull, Wisin, Yandel, Don Omar, Luis Fonsi, Lil Jon and Daddy Yankee, to incorporate high-energy music into their popular fitness routines.

He will be collaborating with Badshah before the end of 2018, and it will see the singer's signature sounds getting choreography and being distributed to Zumba instructors across the globe.
Zumba Dance, wikimedia commons

“Music is fundamental to Zumba. With great music, you lose yourself in the moment and it doesn’t feel like you are working out.

“Latin music works perfectly for Zumba as the primary steps in class stem from certain Latin styles. But Bollywood music is right up there too,” added the 48-year-old Columbian, who dismisses the concept of ‘Bollywood Zumba’.

“It is important to note that ‘Bollywood Zumba’ does not formally exist. A Zumba class can certainly feature some Bollywood-style tracks but it is important that the music is primarily Latin and follows a certain formula, in which we train instructors.

“Only a properly trained and licensed instructor can deliver the genuine experience. That said, we at Zumba have created some Bollywood style tracks which we have provided to instructors around the world…and they absolutely love them.”

A core idea behind the fitness routine is to combine fun with exercise.

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“People have realised that exercise is the best medicine. Regular exercise reduces the likelihood of a range of diseases and improves the mood. Exercise has moved away from being just for those that want to compete in sport or show off their body — it is a means by which everyone can lengthen their life expectancy.”

Asserting that it is a “business of fun”, Perez added: “Create a fun environment and people don’t realise how hard they are working and how many calories they are burning. The ability to connect with an audience and bring a sense of joy to the class is primarily what I look for in an instructor.

“It’s not about being the best dancer or having the biggest muscles…it’s about filling a room with energy and happiness.” (IANS)