TDIM - S.D Burman's Birth Anniversary - 1st Oct
October 01, 2013 @ 11:11 am
It is Sachin Dev Burman’s birthday today! The masses usually used to call him Dada Burman out of love and respect.
He is one of the nine children of Prince Komilla of Tripura. His father Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman was a sitarist and dhrupad singer as well as his first teacher too. Later his training continued with Ustad Badal Khan and Bhishmadev Chattopadhyay, and it was this classical training that gave him a firm rooting for the music that he was to compose later in life.
He had explored the forests of Assam and Tripura from where he gained his formidable knowledge and rich repertoire of the folk of that region. Later he became a disciple of Ustad Aftabuddin Khan, becoming an ace flautist. He had started his own music school, "Sur Mandir" in Calcutta in the 1930’s. He rose to be a popular singer there. He joined the illustrious K. C. Dey in the Calcutta.
He started his musical career in Bengal as a singer of folk and light classical music and also composed music for the radio, which bore prominent traces of East Bengali and north eastern folk music, music that had inspired him early in life. His first Film debut singing was for Pankaj Mullick in Atorthy's Yahudi Ki Ladki in 1933 but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahadi Sanyal. Finally his first film as singer was Tinkari Chakraborthy's Sanjher Pidim in 1935.
His film compositions are influenced by his huge repertory of folk-tunes from the Bengali Bhatiali, Sari and Dhamail traditions of the North East. As a singer, his thin but powerful, accented voice was often used as a bardic commentary.
Dada started work as a music director in Calcutta in 1939. In Calcutta he tried to to compose muisc for new theatre movies but he couldn't got opportunity, Five years later, he moved to Bombay. His first major breakthrough came the following year with the Filmistan's Do Bhai in 1947 Aath Din in 1948 and Sabnam in 1949. Munimji was another hit.
Dada was disgusted with materialism and the sheer commercial nature of the Mumbai film industry. Volcanic in nature, He decided to quit midway through Mashaal in 1950 and return to Calcutta.
Luckily he was persuaded by Dadamoni Ashok Kumar to stay on, though Manna Dey completed the assignment "and with Burman"s "Upar Gagan Vishal" from this film, Dada finally arrived.
Apart from creating music, Dada was also extremely fond of fishing and sports, especially football and tennis. Though he wore only a dhoti and kurta, his creative outlook in music was very modern in the sense that he used to blend Indian classical ragas with Western and make the tune most appealing in melody by his golden touch. He has used the flute very effectively in most of his compositions.
His career never flagged till 1974 when he quit signing films because his health did not permit him to do so. However, he is still remembered today for his work and his great compositions. This great composer attained his heavenly bliss on the 31st October, 1975.
We wish this legendary artist a very Happy Birthday!
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