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S. D. Burman Biography by Girindra Mjumdar - Part V (Final)

Whenever Sachin Karta visited Tripura with his family, Brajen Biswas would accompany him. At the time of Kiran Karta’s death, he travelled with Karta and Meera Devi to their Tripura. On the way, the steamer halted at Tarpasha. Karta saw a young girl crying, asking around if anyone had seen her parents and her brother. Sachin Karta learnt that she had been married off at a very young age. After marriage, she had refused to go to her in-laws’ house. Her parents had forced her to go, promising to bring her back soon. Realising that this was good situation for a song, Sachin Karta asked Brajen to write down the lyrics as dictated by him. The song was ‘Ke jash re, Bhati gang baiya.’ It became a memorable song. ‘Ke jash re, bhati gang baiya’, sung and composed by Sachin Karta.

S. D. Burman Biography by Girindra Majumdar - PART IV (HD)

The legendary classical singer Biman Mukhopadhya on Sachin Dev Burman: "Nai ba ghumole priyo…’, sung by K. L. Saigal and composed by my guru Shubol Dasgupta, became very popular in the early 1940s. Sachin Karta then requested my guru to compose a song that will even outlive Karta himself, Shubhol Dasgupta and the lyricist. The song thus created was ‘Kaatha kao, Dao shara...’ In 1975, when Karta passed away, this song was played on Akashvani. The song had become immortal."

S D Burman Biography by Girindra Majumdar Part III HD

Biman Mukhopadhya (Classical Singer): In my childhood, I saw him for the first time at theatre actor Shanti Gopal's house in Bagh Bazar. Before that, I had only heard his recorded songs on my father’s gramophone. His soft and melodious voice greatly appealed to me, making me very fond of him. During that time, there were no microphones. Dada would sing in the open yard, all by himself, playing on his harmonium, accompanied by Paresh Bhattacharya on the Tabla. Once, during the recording of ‘Ghum bhulechi nijhum’, Kumar Birendra Narayan, whom he called ‘Mama’, and we called ‘Shanuda’, was playing the flute. When Mama made a mistake, Sachin Karta was livid, and asked him to leave. My friend Nirmal Biswas was playing Esraj. Sachin Karta directed him to play Esraj in place of flute, thereby completing the three minutes of recording.

S D Burman Biography by Girindra Majumdar - Part II (HD)

Continuing from Part uploaded a few days ago, we are sharing Part II of the biography painstakingly produced by one of the ardent fans of Sachin Karta as known in North East, or Burman Dada in Hindi speaking million of fans of him.

S. D. Burman Biography by Girindra Majumdar - PART 1 (HD)

Purnendu Kishore Dev Burman (from the royal family) on Sachin Dev Burman: "Sachin Dev Burman was my uncle. I knew him well. His father Nabadweep Chandra, well known as Bada Minister of Tripura, was brought back from Comilla by Birendra Kishore. After completing his studies, uncle Sachin started learning music at Calcutta from Krishna Chandra Dey known as Kanakesto. That time his father was sick in Calcutta and we too were in Calcutta that time. Then I was too young as 7/8 yrs old. After that we lost contact for a long time” “Sachin Karta would come to Tripura very frequently in his childhood. One day he heard a Baul song from my elder sister. He asked her where she had learnt it from. She replied – she learnt this from one Fakir Shaheb Ali who would come along with his Dotara from East Bengal. Next time the Fakir came when Uncle Sachin was also there, he would then learn from Shaheb Ali daily at 8.00 a.m and 4.00 p.m. The fakir sang mostly Baul songs. Uncle Sachin would write down those songs. He would record some of them later” “Next we met In 1960, one day around 10.30 am I saw Sachin Karta wearing a dhoti, standing at a bus stop in Bombay. He recognized me and wanted to know my whereabouts and offered me to come to his bungalow. When I offered him a lift in my car. uncle asked me whose car was it? On being told that it was the Gwalior Maharaja's car, he refused to get in. Then we both went to his bungalow by bus. That day he kept asking about everybody there in Tripura including my parents, he had a lot of affection for my mother” ”I saw about a 1,000 cassettes there in a showcase in his bungalow and a tape recorder too, I asked him as to whom these belonged. he replied, ‘All these are for my son Rahul, who is very talented, and greatly interested in music. I have archived my own music, so that he can get some help from these and can use these. I am preserving these for him'. This was the last time we met. “ (Source: Biography in Bangla by Sachin Samman Awardee Shri Girindra Mazumdar, who has done research on Karta and his music.)

Lyricist Gopaldas Neeraj on S. D. Burman - Part II (Rev I)

Neeraj on S.D. Burman: Burman Dada had this quality, a great quality, that he would be completely immersed in music all of twenty-four hours. Not interested in his own publicity or in any gossip, he would not go anywhere to promote himself. All day long, you go in the evening he is at his home, in the afternoon also he is awake, always involved in his music, creating tunes! And what immortal melodies he created! His speciality was that he would not bother to stick to the tune of the mukhda and the antaras. After the Mukhda, he would give the break of the antra’s tune. (Source: Our interview with Neeraj)

S D Burman and his Lyric Writers

In this video, Gulzar, Majrooh, Ranjit Gazmer (Kancha), Meena Kapoor (Singer), and Neeraj have spoken about S.D. Burman and his grip on the lyrics written by him. Gulzar, whom himself is a renowned writer, has gone on record that every each and every lyric writer wrote his best poetry for S.D. Burman. To a pointed question, “Did he mean that Shailendra, who wrote regularly for Shankar-Jaikishan, wrote better lyrics for Burman Dada”, Gulzar said ‘Yes’. S.D. Burman was pioneer in composing tune first, and asking the poet to write to the meter of his tune. He realized way back in his Calcutta days before coming to Bombay (Mumbai) that there were limitations on the composer if there were pre-existing words. Watch video ‘S.D. Burman Pioneer in creating Tune First’ on YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSr0w8H1GM&t=3s Subsequently, two of our geniuses, Begum Akhtar and Gulzar, have gone on record ‘Sur’ or tune is more important than poetry. Read Below: Begum Akhtar The queen of the Ghazals and melody has subsequently gone on record that, “The ‘sur’ of the singer should make the desired impact. Lyrics come later”. (Source: ‘A tribute to the queen of Ghazals’ an article by Amarendra Dhaneshwar in Mumbai Mirror dated February 22, 2009.) Gulzar: “I believe that in any song that becomes a hit, the primary factors are the rhythm and the tune. The words follow. In fact, the quality of the words depends on how much it matches the melody and the beat. That is why I consider the role of the lyricist as secondary to that of the composer.” (Source: ‘Bollywood melodies by Ganesh Ananthraman (Page 133)

S D Burman Dada and his Passion for Paan

Almost everyone who worked Burman Dada has said that Dada would not part with his paans. No one knows the reason behind it. In this video we learn Dada's passion for paan and the reason behind his not sharing his paans. Fair non-commercial use of copyright material has been done for our Research purpose, with due credits as below: Saregama YouTube sdburman.net ‘Composer with The Royal Touch' by Nalini Uchil - Star & Style, Oct. 11 – 24, 1985) Video Interviews by Moti Lalwani and Ms Richa Lakhanpal In case anyone has been left out, necessary amendment shall be carried out asap.

Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman Part II (HD)

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma speaks about Burman Dada’s personality, his aura, his sense of humour, his thinking and his music. Speaking about other music directors, he tells us that one could easily connect a song with the usual style of its composer. However, Dada’s music could not be identified with any of his earlier styles. Every time it would be different. (Loosely translated)

Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman - Part I (HD)

This is the second edition of the biography, 'Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman' authored by HQ Chowdhury, or HQ, as he is fondly called by his friends and admirers. The first edition, a hard copy, now out of print, was published from Bangladesh where he lives. The second edition (revised) is now published from India. HQ is recipient of Sachin Dev Burman Award from Tripura Government, in 2006.

Ranjit Gazmer on S D Burman Dada (Part Six)

Ranjit Gazmer, fondly called Kancha, is the last living musician who worked with both S. D. Burman Dada and his son Pancham. His memory is very good and he recounts several interesting anecdotes.

Gracious S.D. Burman Always Encouraged his Contemporaries (Part II)

Note: Fair use of copyright material like a song clip has been done by the up-loader. In this video, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rhythm Players Homi Mullan and Amrut Rao, Rhythm Arranger U.K. Dubey and Music Director Anand reminisce how Burman Dada would appreciate compositions of other music directors. In addition to the incidents mentioned in this video, there were a number of incidents where Burman Dada used to compliment his peers and encourage his assistants to give out their best. While Shiv Kumar Sharma ji had spoken during ‘Sun Mere bandhu Re’ book launch program which was recorded by me as the book’s researcher, Homi Mullan, Amrut Rao, U. K. Dubey, and Music Director Anand had spoken during their interview with us. The anecdote about Roshan being complimented by Burman Dada is from my memory of the 1960s, as it appeared in one of the film magazines.

Gracious S D Burman Always Encouraged his Contemporaries (Part II)

In this video, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rhythm Players Homi Mullan and Amrut Rao, Rhythm Arranger U.K. Dubey and Music Director Anand reminisce how Burman Dada used to appreciate compositions of other music directors. In addition to the incidents mentioned in this video, there were a number of incidents where Burman Dada used to compliment his peers and encourage his assistants to give out their best. While Shiv Kumar Sharma ji had spoken during the ‘Sun Mere Bandhu Ray’ book launch which was inaugurated in our presence and the recorded by us, Homi Mullan, Amrut Rao, U. K. Dubey, and Music Director Anand had spoken during their interview with us. The anecdote about Roshan being encouraged by Burman Dada is from my memory from the 1960s, which appeared in the film columns and magazines of those days. Moti Lalwani (Supported by Richa Lakhanpal) Note: Fair use of copyright material like video and song clips have been done by the uploader.

Gracious S D Burman Always Encouraged his Contemporaries (Part I)

In Part I of this series, we bring out how Burman Dada always had a word of encouragement and appreciation for others. Dada would call up his peers and juniors to compliment them on their achievements, compositions, and encourage those who were struggling. He had always a word of praise for others’ work. It showed that he was not afraid of competition that he might thereby create. Madan Mohan’s Official Website Maintained by his son Sanjeev Kohli, has this to say about S.D. Burman Dada, when Madan Mohan was struggling initially: "He (Madan Mohan) continued his struggle. In the midst of all the heart-breaks and disappointments, he found a friend, philosopher and guide in music director S. D. Burman who met him at Filmistan Studios. S. D. Burman encouraged him and predicted that someday he would be a great music director. He was the first to assure Madan that he had the stuff in him to make it big on his own merit. Madan assisted S.D. Burman in the film Do Bhai." http://www.madanmohan.in/html/the_legend/his_journey/his_journey.html Even though the website mentions one film i.e. Do Bhai, Madan Mohan also assisted Burman Dada in Munimji (1975), as disclosed by Sanjeev Kohli, Madan Mohan’s son in his interview. Those who have spoken about Burman Dada include Music Director Madan Mohan’s son Sanjeev Kohli, Music Arranger Kersi Lord, Music Director Khayyam, Lyricist Yogesh Gaur, and Music Director Shankar. The first four had spoken during our interviews, while Music Director Shankar had spoken during Jaimala program of Vividh Bharati. *****

Sachin Dev Burman and his 'Aradhana' - Part III

Sachin Dev Burman and his 'Aradhana' (Part III) This video may be viewed along-with our earlier two videos, viz. Sachin Dev Burman and his 'Aradhana' (Part I) and Sachin Dev Burman and his 'Aradhana' (Part II). Sachin Dev Burman and his Aradhana (Part I) In this part, Rakesh Bakshi (son of lyricist Anand Bakshi of Aradhana), Shakti Samanta himself, the author HQ Chowdhury from Bangladesh who met Shakti Samanta, Manohari Singh who was the Chief Assistant in Aradhana, Kersi Lord who played beautiful accordion pieces in 'Roop tera mastana' song, Homi Mullan (percussionist in Aradhana), Amrut Rao Katkar (Rhythm player in Aradhana), U.K. Dubey (Rhythm player who played during 'Kora kagaz tha yeh man mera' in Aradhana, Aslam bhai (Driver of R.D. Burman) have all spoken that S.D. Burman was hale and hearty and he composed all songs of Aradhana. Sachin Dev Burman and his Aradhana (Part II) In this part, Kishore Kumar (courtesy: Ameen Sayani), Leena Chandavarkar, Pulak Bandhyopadhyaya (Bangla writer, lyricist and composer), Raju Bharatan (Journalist and author) have been quoted in support of our research material. ............................................................................ Fair use of copyright material has been used for research purpose. All copyrights belong to the original copyright holders.