S. D. Burman
|Sachin Dev Burman|
|Native name||শচীন দেববর্মণ (শচীন কর্তা)|
|Also known as||Burman da, Kumar Sachindra Dev Barman, Sachin Karta, S. D. Burman|
1 October 1906|
Comilla, Independent Tripura )
|Died||31 October 1975
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Sachin Dev Burman (1 October 1906 – 31 October 1975) was a Bengali music composer. Aesthetically and culturally inclined toward Bengali music, Sachin Dev Burman started his career with Bengali films in 1937. Later he began composing for Hindi movies. He was one of the most well-renowned Bollywood film music composers. S D Burman composed music for over 100 movies, including Hindi and Bengali films. Apart from being a versatile composer, he also sang songs in light semi classical and folk style of Bengal. His Son Rahul Dev Burman was also a celebrated music composer for Bollywood films.
S.D. Burman's compositions have been mainly sung to a large extent by the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum. Mukesh and Talat Mahmood have also sung songs composed by him. He also sang about 14 Hindi and 13 Bengali film songs.
Burman was born on 1 October 1906, in Comilla, Independent Tripura to Nirupama Devi, of Manipur and Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman, son of Maharaja Ishanachandra Manikya Dev Burman, Maharaja of Tripura (r. 1849–1862). His father was from the royal family of Tripura while his mother was from the royal family of Manipur. Sachin was the youngest of the five sons of his parents, who had nine children in all. His mother died when he was just two years of age.
SD Burman's first school was at Kumar Boarding in Agartala, Tripura. It was a boarding school in the likes of Harrow and Eton for sons of the Royalty and the very rich. SD Burman's father, Raja Nabadweepchandra Deb Burman noticed the teachers were more busy with pampering the sons of the nobility than educating them. SD Burman's father took him from Kumar Boarding and admitted him at Yusuf School in Comilla before he was admitted in Class V in Comilla Zilla School. From Comilla Zilla School he completed his Matriculation in 1920 at the age of 14. He then got admitted at Victoria College, Comilla: presently which is Comilla Victoria Government College from where he passed his IA in 1922 and then BA in 1924. SD Burman left for Kolkata to start an MA in Calcutta University, which he did not finish as music got the better of him for good.  He started his formal music education by training under the musician K. C. Dey from 1925 to 1930; thereafter in 1932 he came under the tutelage of Bhismadev Chattopadhaya, who was only three years his senior. This was followed by training from Kahifa Badal Khan, Sarangi player, and Ustad Allauddin Khan. He got K.C. Dey, Ustad Badal Khan and Allauddin Khan into Agartala. Noted Bengal poet laureate, Kazi Nazrul Islam also spent time in their family home in Comilla in the early '20s.
SD Burman started working as a radio singer on Calcutta Radio Station in the late '20s, when his work as a singer composer was based on Bengali folk and light Hindustani classical music. Consequently, his compositions were mainly influenced by his huge repertoire of folk-tunes from present Bangladesh and later other parts of India and around the world. His first record was also released in 1932 (Hindustan Musical Product), with "Khamaj" semi classical, E Pathey Aaj Eso Priyo on one side and the folk 'Dakle Kokil Roj Bihane' on the reverse side on 78 rpm for Hindustan Records. In the following decade he reached his peak as a singer, cutting as many as 131 songs in Bengali, and also sang for composers like Himangsu Dutta (8), RC Boral (1), Nazrul Islam (4) and Sailesh Das Gupta (2) and Subal Das Gupta (1). He also sang for Madhavlal Master (1) and son RD Burman (1).
In 1934, he attended the All India Music Conference, at the invitation of Allahabad University, where he presented his Bengali Thumri, all to an illustrious audience, with the likes of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and the inimitable Abdul Karim Khan of Kirana Gharana. Later in the year, he was invited to Bengal Music Conference, Kolkata, which was inaugurated by Rabindranath Tagore, here again he sang his thumri, and was awarded a Gold Medal.
He built a house in Southend Park, Ballygunge, Kolkata. He married his student, Meera Das Gupta (1920–2007), the granddaughter of Magistrate Raibahadur Kamalnath Dasgupta from Dhaka on 10 February 1938 in Calcutta, though according to some, having married a non-royal, created a furore within the royal family, and subsequently he severed ties with his family, and forfeited his inheritance. According to some others, S.D.Burman severed ties with his royal family because he was frustrated with the unjust and unfair treatment meted out to his father and his brothers by the royal family of Tripura. The couple's only child, Rahul Dev Burman was born in 1939, and later, both Meera Devi and Rahul assisted, S.D. Burman with some of the musical compositions. S. D. Burman also did a singing role in Urdu film Selima (1934) and another role in Dhiren Ganguli's film, Bidrohi (1935)
As a music composer, he started with Bengali plays, Sati Tirtha and Janani, and eventually gave his first score in film, Rajgee in 1937, his second film Rajkumarer Nirbashan (1940) became a hit. He gave music in Bengali films like, Protishodh (1941), Abhoyer Biye (1942), and Chaddobeshi (1944) and only one Bengali film in 1969/70 after he permanently moved to Mumbai in 1946. He composed for over 20 Bengali films and 89 Hindi films in all.
He made his film debut singing in Yahudi ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahari Sanyal. His first film as a singer was finally Sanjher Pidim (1935).
In 1944, Burman moved to Mumbai, at the request of Sasadhar Mukherjee of Filmistan, who asked him to give score for two Ashok Kumar starrers, Shikari (1946) and Aath Din, but his first major breakthrough came the following year with the company's Do Bhai (1947). The song Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya sung by Geeta Dutt was his breakthrough song into the film industry. In 1949, came Shabnam, his biggest hit yet with Filmistan, especially noticeable for its multi-lingual hit song Yeh Duniya Roop ki Chor, by Shamshad Begum, which became a rage in those days.
Disillusioned with the materialism of Mumbai, Burman left the Ashok Kumar starred Mashaal (1950) incomplete and decided to board the first train back to Calcutta. Fortunately, he was dissuaded from doing so.
In 1950s, Burman teamed up with Dev Anand's Nav Ketan Productions to create musical hits like Taxi Driver, Nau do Gyarah (1957) and Kala Paani(1958). In addition, he gave music for Munimji (1955) and Paying Guest (1957). The songs sung by Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar became popular. Burman da composed the music for Dev Anand's production company Navketan's first film Afsar (1950). With the success of their second film, Baazi (1951) he made it to the top and a long association with Navketan and Dev Anand was on its way. "Baazi"'s jazzy musical score revealed a new facet of singer Geeta Dutt, who was mainly known for melancholy songs and bhajans. While every song in the film was a hit, one stood out for special appeal – "Tadbir se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer", a ghazal that was occidentalised into a seductive song.The 'jaal' song 'Yeh raat Yeh chandni' by Hemant Kumar is an all-time great classic.
He also wrote music for the Guru Dutt classics – Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). The soundtrack of Devdas (1955) was also composed by him. House No. 44 (1955), Funtoosh (1956), and Solva Saal (1958) were other S. D. Burman hits. In 1959 came Sujata, a masterpiece by Bimal Roy, and S. D. created magic again with "Jalte hai jiske liye" by Talat Mamood.
When Guru Dutt made comparatively light-weight films like Baazi and Jaal (1952), Burmanda reflected their mood with compositions like Suno Gajar Kya Gaye or De Bhi Chuke Hum and when Guru Dutt made his somber masterpieces – Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz ke Phool (1959), he was right on target with Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind and Waqt ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam. In 2004, the soundtrack for Pyaasa was chosen as one of "The Best Music in Film" by Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute magazine.
In 1957, S. D. Burman fell out with Lata Mangeshkar and adopted her younger sister Asha Bhosle as his lead female singer. The team of S. D. Burman, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle and lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri became popular for their duet songs. Thus, he was responsible along with O. P. Nayyar for shaping Asha Bhosle as a singer of repute, who became his daughter-in-law after she married Rahul Dev Burman.
In 1958, S. D. Burman gave music for Kishore Kumar's house production Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, the same year he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Music direction of 'Sujata' and remains the only music director to have won the prestigious award.
Early on in his career, Burman refused to allow his voice be lip-synced on film by actors, as a result, even later on, in Hindi cinema, his thin yet powerful voice was often used as bardic commentary to haunting results, as in Ore Majhi Mere Sajan Hai Us Paar Bandini (1963), Wahaan Kaun hai Tera from "Guide" (1965) and finally Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana from Aradhana (1969), for which he received the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the year, 1970 .
Ill health caused a slump in his career in the early 1960s but he gave many hit films in late 1960s. In 1961, S. D. Burman and Lata Mangeshkar came together during the recording of R.D. Burman's first song for the movie Chhote Nawab (1961). They reconciled their differences and started working again in 1962.
The Dev Anand-S. D. Burman partnership, under Navketan banner, continued to churn out musical hits like Bombai Ka Baboo (1960), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Teen Devian (1965), Guide (1965) and Jewel Thief (1967). In 1963, he composed songs for Meri Surat Teri Aankhen and Manna Dey sang the song "Poocho Na Kaise Maine" in raga Ahir Bhairav. This song is inspired by a kazi nazrul Islam song "Arun kanti ke go" and a Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan's Khayal which was based on raga Ahir bhairavbhairavi (morning ragaa). That movie also had a song, 'Nache Mora Manwa Magan',sung by Rafi,which became landmarks in Hindi film songs.
Other S D Burman hits from this period were Bandini (1963) and Ziddi (1964). In Bandini, Sampooran Singh (well known as Gulzar), made his debut as a lyricist with the song "Mora Gora Ang lai le, mohe shaam rang daai de", although other songs were written by Shailendra. Guide (1965) starring Dev Anand, was probably the best of his work during the time with all the songs super hit as well as the film; but unfortunately it did not receive the Filmfare Award in best music director category for that year, which remained always a discussion among the Bollywood film pandits.
Aradhana (1969) is considered another landmark score in the Bollywood history. The music of the movie shaped the careers of singer Kishore Kumar, lyricist Anand Bakshi and filmmaker Shakti Samanta. For the song "Mere Sapno ki raani", Sachin Dev made R.D play the mouth organ.Dev Anand and S. D. Burman continued their musical partnership in Prem Pujari (1969).
S. D. Burman had a strong sense of self-pride and was very professional in his work.
On 1 October 2007, marking his 101st birth anniversary, India postal department released a commemorative postage stamp, in Agartala, where an exhibition on his life and work was also inaugurated; the state government of Tripura, also confers the yearly, 'Sachin Dev Burman Memorial Award' in Music
Relationship With Kishore Kumar
Sachin Da was the only composer who had used both Kishore and Rafi in almost equal number of songs. He regarded Kishore as his second son. Kishore confessed that it was Sachin Da, who had given him the first chance. Even after the rehearsal of Badi Sooni Sooni from Milli, when Sachin Da had a stroke, Kishore went up to the hospital and said to him "Dada, Please don't worry, your recording is after three days, you just see how well it goes." The song is considered one of the best of Kishore Kumar. Sachin Da also used to telephone Kishore in the dead of night and on the telephone, he would start to sing the new tunes which he composed and ask Kishore to sing with him.
The Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was named after the composer by Sachin's grandfather, who was an ardent fan of Burman.
The singer and mimicry artist Sudesh Bhonsle frequently parodies the nasal high-pitched voice and quixotic singing style of S. D. Burman.
Burman paired with tabla maestro late Brajen Biswas for his Bengali songs. The beats or 'thekas' created by Brajen Babu for these songs are unique and no one in the world can sing these songs in the original 'thekas'. All the thekas are according to the mood of the songs. But recently, painter, sculptor and singer Ramita Bhaduri sang the tough songs of Burman like 'Ami chhinu aka', 'Rangeela', 'Aankhi Duti Jhare' etc. in the original theka on the taleem of Brajen Biswas. The CD from 'Raga Music' (Symphony) was released at Kolkata Press Club. The CDs are available in M. Biswas & Symphony.
Burman had a unique style of composing film songs. While most of the composers used harmonium or piano to compose the tune, he composed tunes using rhythm such as clapping hands. He was very fond of "Paan" (Betel leaf) and would not share the same with anybody.. SD Burman's first biography in English is 'Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman. Written by HQ Chowdhury it was published by Toitoomber from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Sudurer Priye (1935)
- Rajgee (1937)
- Jakher Dhan (1939)
- Amar Geeti (1940)
- Nari (1940)
- Rajkumarer Nirbashan (1940)
- Pratishodh (1941)
- Ashok (1942)
- Avayer Biye (1942)
- Jibon Sangini (1942)
- Mahakavi Kalidas (1942)
- Milan (1942)
- Jajsaheber Nathni (1943)
- Chhadmabeshi (1944)
- Maatir Ghar (1944)
- Pratikar (1944)
- Kalankini (1945)
- Matrihara (1946)
- Eight Days (1946)
- Shikari (1946)
- Dil Ki Rani (1947)
- Do Bhai (1947)
- Chittor Vijay (1947)
- Vidya (1948)
- Shabnam (1949)
- Kamal (1949)
- Mashaal / Samar (In Bengali) (1950)
- Afsar (1950) (Navketan's first production)
- Pyar (1950)
- Buzdil (1951)
- Sazaa (1951)
- Naujawan (1951)
- Baazi (1951)
- Bahar (1951)
- Ek Nazar (1951)
- Jaal (1952)
- Lal Kunwar (1952)
- Armaan (1953)
- Shahenshah (1953)
- Babla (1953)
- Jeevan Jyoti (1953)
- Taxi Driver (1954)
- Angaarey (1954)
- Radha Krishna (1954)
- Chalis Baba Ek Chor (1954)
- Devdas (1955)
- Munimji (1955)
- House No.44 (1955)
- Society (1955)
- Mad Bhare Nain (1955)
- Funtoosh (1956)
- Paying Guest (1957)
- Pyaasa (1957)
- Nau Do Gyarah (1957)
- Miss India (1957)
- Solva Saal (1958)
- Lajwanti (1958)
- Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
- Kala Pani (1958)
- Sitaron Se Aage (1958)
- Sujata (1959)
- Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
- Insaan Jaag Utha (1959)
- Manzil (1960)
- Kala Bazar (1960)
- Bombai Ka Babu (1960)
- Miyan Biwi Razi (1960)
- Apna haath jagannath (1960)
- Bewaqoof (1960)
- Ek Ke Baad Ek (1960)
- Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962)
- Dr.Vidya (1962)
- Naughty Boy (1962)
- Bandini (1963)
- Meri Surat Teri Ankhen (1963)
- Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)
- Ziddi (1964)
- Kaise Kahoon (1964)
- Benazir (1964)
- Teen Devian (1965)
- Guide (1965)
- Jewel Thief (1967)
- Talash (1969)
- Aradhana (1969)
- Jyoti (1969)
- Prem Pujari (1970)
- Ishq Par Zor Nahin (1970)
- Gambler (1971)
- Naya Zamana (1971)
- Sharmilee (1971)
- Chaitali (Bengali Film) (1971)
- Tere Mere Sapne (1971)
- Yeh Gulistan Hamara (1972)
- Zindagi Zindagi (1972)
- Anuraag (1972)
- Abhimaan (1973)
- Jugnu (1973)
- Chhupa Rustam (1973)
- Phagun (1973)
- Us Paar (1974)
- Prem Nagar (1974)
- Sagina (1974)
- Chupke Chupke (1975)
- Mili (1975)
- Barood (1976)
- Arjun Pandit (1976)
- Tyaag (1976)
- Deewangee (1976) only one song, remaining songs were composed by Ravindra Jain
- Aradhana (Bengali Film) (1976)
- Saaz (Unreleased)
Awards and recognitions
- 1934: Gold Medal, Bengal All India Music Conference, Kolkata 1934
- 1958: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
- 1958: Asia Film Society Award
- National Film Awards
- 1969: Padma Shri
- International Jury on Folk Music
- Filmfare Awards
- 1954: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Taxi Driver
- 1973: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Abhimaan
- 1959: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Sujata: Nomination
- 1965: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Guide: Nomination
- 1969: Filmfare Best Music Director Award : Aradhana: Nomination
- 1970: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Talaash: Nomination
- 1974: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Prem Nagar : Nomination
- BFJA Awards
- Cultural Correspondent. "Sachin Dev Burman: Epitomising the East Bengali lilt". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Tripura Genealogy at Queensland Univ[dead link]
- SD Burman "filmreference.com".
- Soul composer... The Times of India, 1 October 2006.
- Sachin Karta
- S.D. Burman’s wife dead The Hindu, 17 October 2007.
- S.D. Burman's wife Meera dead[dead link] 'Music India OnLine'.
- How Tripura lost an icon Telegraph, 24 February 2005.
- Sachin Karta by Pannalal Roy[dead link] tripurainfo.com.
- Bondhu rangila re – a tribute to S D Burman theemusic magazine, 31 October 2002.
- The minimilistic melody of Sachin Dev Burman – Biography Rediff.com.
- SD Burman www.downmelodylane.com.
- SD Burman Upperstall.com.
- Olivier Assayas (September 2004). "The Best Music in Film". Sight & Sound. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
- Music Direction[dead link] Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Official listing.
- Agartala palace is lit – Centenary celebrations[dead link] The Hindu, 28 July 2006.
- 2007 stamps[dead link] Indian Postal Service Official website.
- Postage stamp brought out on Sachin Karta's birth anniversary Outlook, 1 October 2008.
- Sachin Dev Burman at the Internet Movie Database
- A website dedicated to Sachin Dev Burman
- Another website dedicated to Sachin Dev Burman
- Best of Sachin Dev Burman compositions
- S. D. Burman songs
- "Sachin Karta", by Pannalal Roy. Parul Prakashani, Agartala. 2005.
- The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema, by Dinesh Raheja, Jitendra Kothari. India Book House Publishers, 1996. ISBN 81-7508-007-8, page 1919.
- Another indian songs website dedicated to Sachin Dev Burman
- "Incomprable Sachin Dev Burman" by HQ Chowdhury