Ramesh Iyer – A Tribute

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Ace guitarist Ramesh Iyer passed away yesterday leaving the music industry sad and shocked. Yet another talented musician from the Burman camp has passed on to another world. Musicians like him taking leave from this world is a hint that the Sun is slowly setting on the horizon of Hindi film music with digital music sadly taking over. In times as these, it is a delight to recall the golden era when music was an art and not technology, music was about people/artists and not gadgets. When talented composers depended upon their musicians to bring the magical effect in a song. When music was about authentic instruments such as sitar, flute, tabla, violin, trumpet, sarangi, drums, accordions, harmonium, guitar etc. Amongst all these instruments, guitar happens to be the most popular one. We have had guitarists like Bhupinder Singh, Charanjit Singh, Tony Vaz, Gorakh Sharma, Bhanu Gupta. Another talented player to join this list is Ramesh Iyer who slowly but surely became an integral part of Pancham’s music team. Born on 23rd March 1951, in Ahmedabad, Ramesh Iyer came from a music background. His family parents, grandparents were involved with traditional Carnatic music. He was deeply involved with music since childhood. He had no formal training in any musical instrument including guitar. From performing at college events to performing at musical events he climbed the ladder to reach the music team of none other than R.D. Burman. An Electrical Engineer by qualification became an ace and passionate guitarist making music his profession. He worked with R.D.Burman for more than a decade. Apart from Pancham, Ramesh Iyer also worked with composers like Kalyanji Anand ji, Usha Khanna, Ravindra Jain, Bappi Lahiri etc. He has also composed some ad jingles, songs for tv serials and regional albums.

Enlisting some of the songs where Ramesh Iyer has played a mixed bag of Acoustic/Electric/12 string Guitars –
1. Golmaal (1979) – Pancham

2. Shaan (1980) – Pancham

3. Sagar (1985) – Pancham

4. Kalakar (1984) – Kalyan ji Anand ji

5. Silsila (1981) – Shiv-Hari

6. Kabhie Kabhie (1976) – Khayyam

7. Sadma (1983) – Illayaraja

8. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) – Anand Milind

9. Khiladi (1992) – Jatin Lalit

10. Baazigar (1993) – Anu Malik

Avid music lover and Dev Anand fan


  1. Sadanand Shivagunde

    August 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Lovely songs. Undoubtedly a talented musician. Sad for the loss to music world.

  2. Sunil Jadhav

    August 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Very sad demise of such an artist!He is eternal in his melodies which he played!


    August 28, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Every song is very nice

  4. Rajesh Mehta

    August 29, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    He is steel with us with his smooth fingers on guitar .love u dada.

    • Nurani Seshadri rajan

      August 31, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      I am sorry to hear of the talented person left so soon Ramesh Iyerji of RD Burman group

  5. Manisha

    August 31, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for wonderful writing. It really helped to give a list of songs in which Rameshji played. May bz u can add to it, whenever time permits. Bhagwan Rameshji ki aatma ko sadgati dein. ???️

    • Deepa

      September 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you ??

  6. Nurani Seshadri rajan

    August 31, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I am sorry to hear of the talented person left so soon Ramesh Iyerji of RD Burman group

  7. Jayant Vibhute

    September 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    A good human being super duper ?ist, saddened we miss you sir.

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