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Girindra Majumdar sings ‘Shono go dokhino hawa’ and ‘Khaayi hai re humne’

Girindra Majumdar from Tripura has studied Sachin Dev Burman's music and is a recipient of 'Sachin Sanman' an honor which is bestowed in memory of Sachin Dev Burman. It is said that Lata had heard ‘Shono go dokhino hawa’, the Bengali original song of ‘Khaayee hai re humne qasam’ long ago and wanted to do the Hindi version. But, she herself accepted that she would not sing unless she could perfect it. That took her many years till Talaash in 1969. She accepted she was nowhere near SDB. ‘Shono go dokhino hawa’ means ‘Southern wind blows from ocean bringing moisture and has a soothing comfort’. Many songs in Bengali refer to it. The houses in Bengal are built so that they have south openings. ‘Khaayi hai re humne’ is a beautiful song is based an equally beautiful composition in Bengali; ‘Shono Go Dokhino Hawaa’ sung and composed by Sachinda with lyrics written by his wife Meera Devi.

Anitaa Padhye on Sachin Dev Burman (Part V) HD

Anitaa-ji met R.D. Burman many times and developed a good rapport with him. RD used to tell her that his late father S. D. Burman’s voice was unique, a trait which he had inherited from his father as a gift. In the mid-sixties, when RD’s career was not taking of, SD being unwell used to be concerned about his son’s career. SD told both Dev Anand and Vijay Anand to give him work. They both promised SD that they will engage son RD to compose. When Vijay Anand got Nasir Hussain’s Teesri Manzil (1966) Vijay Anand tried and finally got RD the music direction of the film. RD used to miss his father a lot. He used to listen to his father’s songs and become emotional. How his father brought him up with love and care. To know more about Anitaa-ji, see her interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/upload

Anitaa Padhye on Sachin Dev Burman (Part IV) - HD

During the rehearsal of ’Raat akeli hai’ song from Jewel Thief (1967), Asha Bhosle was not able to sing it the way Burman Dada wanted. So, Dada explained to her to sing it softly as if speaking to someone in the ear, then suddenly raise the voice how a child shouts a ‘kook’ in someone’s ear. We are also told what son RD. Burman thought about his father S.D. Burman.

Kamini Kaushal on Sachin Dev Burman – Part II (HD)

Kamini ji on Sachin Dev Burman: “ (He was) very, very pleasant, utter Gentleman. He never raised his voice. He always talked in undertones. Calm and quiet, nothing loud about him. No gesture was loud, no notes were loud, no tone was loud ever. He was absolutely genteel, genteel Bengali.” Kamini ji tells us how her song ‘Mera dil tarphake kahaan chalaa’ from Shabnam (1949) was picturised, where, except for one shot, both Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal shot the scenes separately, to be merged later.

Anitaa Padhye on Sachin Dev Burman (Part III) - HD

Music of Pyaasa: ‘Sar jo tera chakraaye’ song from Pyaasa (1957), has been researched and commented upon by three persons, all of whom were present and have given first hand account: (1) Abrar Alvi on ‘Sar jo tera chakraye’: "S. D. Burman, who was composing the music for the film, was asked to copy the song note for note. Of course, Dada Burman was very upset by the instruction. He came to me and said, “What is this that Guru is asking of me, public mujhe marega. Please explain to him, he listens to you, let me put in a little of my own tune into the song . . . change it a bit . . .’ But Guru was adamant– the tune would have to be copied hundred percent in the mukhda at least. ‘Let him do what he wants in the antara,’ he decreed and Burman Dada had to be content with that. However, the music director waved his baton effectively enough to blend the tune with his own melody in such a manner that no one really noticed the surgery, and the song remains a hit even today. ‘In fact, later, when the producer of Harry Black and the Tiger visited India, he heard the song and not only failed to recognize the tune, but commended Dada on it’ Abrar laughs." (Source: ‘Ten Years with Guru Dutt – Abrar Alvi’s Journey’ by Sathya Saran) (2) Kersi Lord in his YouTube interview on Pyaasa, watch from 8.00 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHI3QtLTfJY (3) And now this video, as narrated by by Anitaa Padhye, who met Devi Dutt a number of times. Devi Dutt was Guru Dutt’s younger brother.

Anita Padhye on Sachin Dev Burman (Part II) - HD

Anita Padhye tells us how Burman Dada composed the famous song 'Khoya khoya chand' from Kala Bazaar (1960), including showing steps of how Dev Anand was supposed to run along in the song. Anitaa Padhye (Author) has met quite a few Hindi film personalities including Producer Director Vijay Anand. She has audio recorded several tapes of her interview with Vijay Anand. One can watch her interview on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeFIsWvyI2w

Interview of Anitaa Padhye (Award Winning Author)

The urge to seek truth, the drive to try and meet legends of our film industry, this is what makes Anitaa Padhye different from other authors. One can only salute her for the hard work put in by a young girl who single handed succeeded meeting our legends, some of whom are no more today. And she voice recorded her interviews, so that no one can challenge authenticity of her information. God bless her.

Kamini Kaushal on Sachin Dev Burman Part I HD

Born on 24th February 1927, Kamini Kaushal completed 90 years of her age last month. Let’s wish her a very happy and healthy life, and many more years amongst us. Burman Dada had composed music for six of her films, which are Do Bhai (1947), Shabnam (1949), Shahenshah (1953), Chalis Baba Ek Chor (1954), Radha Krishna (1954) and Prem Nagar (1974). Highly respected and admired, the ‘GRANDE DAME’ of Indian film industry, Kamini Kaushal in her interview described S.D. Burman as: “He was mellow, genteel and (had) endearing way of talking. A thorough gentleman, so mild, so sensitive, there was nothing loud about him. He was very decent, and very mild. A 'Gentle Bengali', he could not be harsh.” There is lot more from her on S.D. Burman in this interview. Enjoy.

Anitaa Padhye (Author) on Sachin Dev Burman (Part I) - HD

Ms Anitaa Padhye is a famous Marathi writer who has authored a few books. One of her popular books is on the well-known Producer-Director-Actor Vijay Anand, lovingly called Goldie. The book is titled ‘Ek Hota Goldie’, of which five editions have been published so far. Her interview of Vijay Anand is voice recorded. Anita ji tells us how Burman Dada refused to buy the music award for Guide (1965), and chased out those who went to him with the offer.

Compassionate and Caring Sachin Dev Burman (HD)

There are three episodes in this video: Whenever a musician came late for sitting and/or recording, Burman Dada would ask him the reason for delay, after which Dada would tell him to go and take his place. This way the concerned musician would not lose his livelihood. (Source: Vijay Anand in an interview with the author Anitaa Padhye.) After completion of Pyaasa (1957), when Guru Dutt was admonishing his younger brother Devi Dutt for a lapse, Burman Dada pacified Guru Dutt by telling him not to get angry, assuring him that the film would succeed. The film did succeed beyond imagination. after initial laggard response, and what Dada had predicted turned out to be true. (Source: Devi Dutt in an interview with the author Anitaa Padhye) Burman Dada’s musician Bhola Shrestha suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 46, leaving his wife and three young children as orphans. His 11 years old daughter Pornima (Sushma) Shrestha went to Burman Dada, who, on seeing her, cried like a child remembering her father Bhola. Dada showered a lot love on her and got her several singing assignments. (Source: Our interview with Poornima Shrestha)

Shakti Samanta on Aradhana (1969) and its music by S.D. Burman

Shakti Samanta ji tell us how Rafi went away on a foreign tour after which he suggested to Burman Dada to take Kishore to sing the songs. Dada agreed and Kishore was called. Kishore's songs became super hit and rest is history.

'Kumar Sachin Dev Burman Chowk' - Inauguration (Part IV) – HD

This is the final part of a series of four videos on the inauguration of ‘Kumar Sachin Dev Burman Chowk’ in Mumbai (Bombay), held on January 1st, 2017. It has been a dream come true for music lovers in general and Burman Dada fans in particular all over the world. The project was undertaken by ‘S.D. Burman (Sachin Dev Burman Fan Club)’, a group on Facebook.

'Kumar Sachin Dev Burman Chowk' - Inauguration (Part III) - HD

Inauguration of ‘Kumar Sachin Dev Burman Chowk’ – Part III (Gist of Speeches.) Anitaa Padhye (Guest of Honor) praised efforts of our group to keep the memory of Burman Dada alive by getting a Chowk approved in his name. She also spoke on how cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, named after Sachin Dev Burman, had the longest and successful career like the career of Sachin Dev Burman. Dada came to Bombay (Mumbai in 1944), started his career in 1946, and in 1947 ‘Mere sunder sapna’ became his first super-hit song, which is popular even today. Thereafter, he had the longest successful career as compared to other music directors. Dada never saw any setback in his career, and left this world in 1975, at the top of his popularity. He also lived to see his only son Pancham succeeding, which is a desire of every father. Anitaa ji stated that Burman Dada was a Dada (elder brother or a master) of Hindi music., and a Chowk was not enough. Pointing to the nearby 14th Road, she stressed the need for the road to be named in memory of Burman Dada. * * * * * Pandit Nayan Ghosh (Guest of Honor) told the audience about his father Pandit Nikhil Ghosh having accompanied Burman Dada on table in conferences, much before he came to (Hindi) film industry. Talking about Dada’s golden voice, Nayan ji says that the depth, the feel and the ‘pukaar’ which he had, is what we classical musicians look for. Nayan ji narrated an anecdote how 90-year-old Ustad Thirkawa Sahib had cried profusely when for the first time, he heard on radio Dada’s ‘Sun mere bandu re’ from Sujata (1959). Nayan ji said that Dada’s music had Indian-ness in it, which is missing now a-days. Dada’s music touched one’s heart. Pandit ji, while agreeing with Anitaa ji, also stressed the need for a road to be named in honor of Burman Dada, who has contributed greatly to the Indian music. * * * * * Uttam Singh (Guest of Honor) spoke about Burman Dada that everyone knows about the greatness of Burman sahib, and unending anecdotes about him. Burman sahib has not gone away from us. He lives through his music. * * * * * Dy Mayor Alka Kerkar (Chief Guest) spoke that a memorial in honor of Burman Dada has come up a little late. She talks about Burman Dada’s bungalow, having been grown up in that area. She still remembers the bungalow ‘The Jet’ used to be in the place where now K. Raheja’s ‘Construction House B’ stands now. It used to be a pink colour bungalow, which she remembers even today. The architecture was much different. It used to stand out. Alka ji promised that she will try hard for the 14th Road to be named after SD Burman. Dada’s songs are close to our heart even today. These songs we listen in our car. In the end, she once again assured the audience that she will work towards naming the 14rd in memory of Sachinda. The Chowk should have come up some 20 years back. She said that now she has to work on a road to be named in honor of Burman Dada. * * * * *

'Kumar Sachin Dev Burman Chowk' - Inauguration (Part II) - HD ...

That was a magnificent day on January 1st 2017, when we achieved in creating a memorial, both in Hindi/Marathi and English, in memory of the greatest ever singer-composer ever born. The memorial is close to Dada's 'The Jet' bungalow in Khar (West) in North Mumbai. Burman Dada was a phenomenon which happens only once in a few centuries. It is a fact, and I speak after years of research on him. Can one ever imagine that Dada not only created immortal tunes, but took interest in improving lyrics, rhythm, dance steps, picturisation, singers' singing style, fellow music directors's songs, his musicians's depth, multiple sports, etc, etc, etc.

'Kumar Sachin Dev Burman Chowk' - Inauguration (Part I) - HD

Finally, a dream of all S. D. Burman fans takes shape and a chowk in Khar (West) Mumbai is named 'Kumar Sachin Dev Burman Chowk'. It is very close to 'The Jet' bungalow where Burman Dada used to stay. Dada was the highest paid singer in Calcutta before coming to Bombay in 1944 at the request of S. Mukherji of Filmistan Studios, the biggest studio those days. Dada was responsible for Kishore Kumar singing his first song in Hindi film (Aath Din - 1946), later grooming him to be one of the top singers in the country. Dada was also responsible for grooming his son Pancham to become one of the best in the industry and carry on Dada's legacy. Burman Dada was also responsible for the first hit song by singers Geeta Roy (Dutt) in film Do Bhai - 1947 ('Mera sunder sapna beet gaya'), Manna Dey in Mashaal - 1950 ('Upar gagan vishaal'), Hemant Kumar in Jaal - 1952 ('Yeh raat yeh chandni') and Suman Kalyanpur in 'Baat Ek Raat Ki - 1962 ('Na tum humein jaano'). Geeta Roy (Dutt) sang her first cabaret song in Baazi (1951) 'Tadbi se bigdi hui', Lata Mangeshkar sang her fist three cabaret songs in Taxi Driver (1954) and Asha Bhosle her first cabaret song in the same film Taxi Driver. Dada had the highest hit songs per films that he composed music for.

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