SD Burman birth anniversary: The legendary musician was a member of the Tripura royal family and began his career with Bengali films in 1937. Soon after, Sachin Dev Burman began composing for Hindi films and over the span of his career, has worked on the music albums of over 100 films.
‘SD Burman was a legendary music director and singer of the Indian sub-continent. He played an important role in promoting Bangla songs of Bhati region across India. As a music composer, he set lyrics of many folk songs of Bhati region to music. He composed songs like Ke jas re bhati gang baiya, Rangeela rangeela re and others that are still popular among music lovers. We will pay tribute to SD Burman and honour his legacy at the music show,’ Bishwajit Roy, general secretary of Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad, told New Age.
SD Burman, born in 1906 in the then Comilla, Bengal Presidency (now Cumilla, Bangladesh), composed playbacks for over 100 films. Leading singers of the subcontinent like Lata Mangeskhar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutta, Manna Dey, Asha Bosle, Mukesh, Talat Mahmud and others have lent their voices to playbacks composed by Burman.
His father was Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman and his mother was Raj Kumari Nirmala Devi.
Sachin Dev Burman was admitted to Kumar Boarding School in Agartala in Tripura. His father later took him from Kumar Boarding and admitted him to Yusuf School in Comilla, before Burman was admitted in Class V at Comilla Zilla School.
He completed his matriculation in 1920 at the age of 14. He was then admitted to Victoria College, Comilla from where he passed his IA in 1922 and then BA in 1924. He then left to study MA in Calcutta University. However, he did not complete his MA degree as music got the better of him. He took his formal education in music under musician KC Dey.
He later learnt music under Bhismadev Chattopadhyay, Ustad Badal Khan, and Ustad Allauddin Khan.
He started his career through Bengali films in 1937. He moved to Mumbai in 1940, at the request of Sashadhar Mukharjee.
He composed playbacks for evergreen Indian films like ‘Matir Ghar’ (1944), ‘Shikari’ (1946), ‘Dil Ki Rani’ (1947), ‘Miss India’ (1957), ‘Tere Ghar Ke Samne’ (1963), ‘Kaise Kahoon’ (1964), ‘Joyoti’ (1969) and ‘Prem Pujari’ (1970).
He received Filmfare Best Music Director Award (male) in 1954 for ‘Taxi Driver’, Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1958, Asia Film Society Award in 1959, Padmasuri in 1969 and Best Filmfare Music Director award for ‘Abhiman’ in 1973. He died on October 31, 1975.