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Rhythm Arranger U. K. Dubey on S. D. Burman – Part VI

Burman Dada used to always think of something different, something new. In case of the song, ‘Honton pe aisi baat daba ke’ from Jewel Thief (1967), Dada asked the player Sudarshan Adhikari to play with his left hand on khol’s body with his right hand as usual. The experiment was successful, everyone liked the sound and the song was recorded with khol being played that way. The restr rhythm players played in the same way. This new style of playing khol is called ‘chhapki rhythm; which dada introduced for the first time. It is played in that style even now, which dada had introduced. Similarly, Dada created dance song in 7-8 rhythm (rupak taal), which no one has done before and till today. The song is, ‘Piya tose naina laage re’ from Guide (1965). Others create dance song on kherwa taal, dadra taal, 2-4, 6- 8, and teen taal. Dada was very selective. He will only do what he liked. Everyone respected him. He would look for perfection in everything he did. He commanded respect from all. His composing style was sober and sweet. Dada never liked too many musicians. He would always reduce musicians what his arrangers would have asked for. They would be paid and made to sit out their time.

Ranjit Gazmer on SD Burman Part Eight mp4

Ranjit Gazmer is the last sitting member of SD Burman and RD Burman team. He is a very humble and simple man.

Director Ashim Samanta on Sachin Dev Burman - PART II

As per Ashim Samanta, his father Shakti Samanta considered SD Burman as number one, Jaikishan and Pancham as equal at number two, and in the third place was OP Naiyyar. Dada’s singing was fabulous. What a singer! He was a perfect singer, and so much depth in his voice, when he renders each word, the way he sings each word, just ‘Ubhar ke aata hai’. When you listen to his songs carefully, then you realise how much effort has been put in bringing out those lines. Because those feeling are enhanced the person sings. And then, it becomes evergreen. SD Burman was a person who used less instruments, very few instruments, and got fabulous music, and very sweet music. That sweetness in music he definitely scores maximum marks I would say.

Sachin Dev Burman A Doting Father And Indulgent Husband

Basu Chakraborty, Sachin-da’s arranger from 1958 to 1971, was married to Tripti’s elder sister. Tripti was married to Basu’s nephew Bablu Chakraborty, who was Burman Dada's last arranger. Burman Dada used to love his son Pancham to no end. A Doting father, Dada led him by hand and tried his best to teach him everything. Pancham in turn reciprocated love for his father. Pancham was also very close to his his grandmother. AS a doting father and an indulgent husband, Burman Dada showered his love on both, though he wanted to be with Meera during his last days. Thanks to Mrs Tripti Chakraborty, wife Bablu Chakraborty, for this wonderful interview on Sachin Dev Burman, wife Meera and son Pancham. The interview was held on November 18, 2014.

Director Ashim Samanta on Sachin Dev Burman - PART I

Director Ashim Samanta, Sachin Dev Burman is; I would say God of music. He, like Gandhi ji is the father of the nation, I would say SD Burman is father of music. He was such a genius, he was so involved and so passionate about music; that you could see in his work, throughout. And, the way he …, I think his life was just music, music and music, nothing else. That was SD Burman. He did not have any other …., except football. That was his second love. Otherwise, it was just music. No distraction in his life except music. And he was fabulous, he was just fabulous.

Jayanta Vishmadev Chattopadhyay on Kumar Sachin Dev Burman

Jayanta Vishmadev Chattopadhyay “From the way Kumar Sachin Dev Burman sang in Calcutta under my father Vishmadev Chattopadhyay, it was obvious that he had a lot more capacity. He would have done very well in singing career, had he continued in Calcutta.” (Loosely translated)

Ranjit Gazmer on SD Burman and RD Burman - Part Seven

Ranjit Gazmer is a well-known music director in his own right in Nepali Films. In his songs there is flavour of SD Burman’s folk music as per his own admission. He says that there has been no other music director of SD Burman’s calibre. There’s magic in his songs, and his songs are evergreen, as if they have been composed now. Ranjit Gazmer is the last sitting member of the SD Burman and RD Burman team. He worked with SD from 1969-’70 to 1975, and with RD till his last film ‘1942 – A Love Story’ released in 1994. Here he narrates interesting anecdotes on both SD Burman and RD Burman.

Brahmanand Singh on S.D. Burman and R.D. Burman - Part II

Brahmanand Singh (born 3 May 1965) is a national-award winning filmmaker, and a vastly published author based out of Mumbai, India. He is best known for his films like Kaagaz Ki Kashti, a biopic on Jagjit Singh[1] and his feature-length documentary on R. D. Burman, Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai.[2] He has also won the REX-Karmaveer-Chakra Awards, in partnership with the United Nations, for transforming lives through social impact projects and ideas of hope. Siingh's latest feature project, Jhalki [3] is a feature film that attempts to create public awareness of the global problem of child trafficking and child labor at a large scale through an engaging drama. (Wiki)

Brahmanand Singh on S. D. Burman and R. D. Burman Part I

‘Bandish ki chalan aisi honi chaahiye, Ki jaise Badshah ki sawaari aa rahi hai!’

S. D. Burman - Minimum Music Maximum Effect - Part II

Whether it was the number of instruments, or it was the prelude and interlude music, Burman Dada used minimum instruments to create maximum effect, Burman Dada was a genius in the art of composing music, and geniuses don't need too much music to create a soothing effect of melodic music for the soul, or background music for the effect. Music director Shantanu Moitra (Parineeta 2005) had this to say in his interview with us: "The simplicity and the authority of the composition, which is not marred by arrangement, which is not marred by sound; he (Burman Dada) had the confidence of pulling off a song – with just with one ektara, one khol, one tabla. That’s the command of the composer! I mean, that is what inspires me the most."

Bablu Chakravorti and his wife Tripti on S D Burman - Part 5

Bablu Chakravorty was S. D. Burman’s last arranger in Mumbai. He did music arrangement for four films of Dada which were Chupke Chupke (1975) Mili (1975) Arjun Pandit (1976), and Barood (1976). Bablu’s most memorable work for Dada was in the film Mili. Mili had a very sad song, ‘Badi sooni sooni hai’, sung by Kishore Kumar. During its rehearsal, Kishore had come to Dada at his ‘The Jet’ bungalow. Those days the singers used to visit music director for rehearsal. During rehearsal, while Dada was singing ‘Badi sooni hai’, there was so much pathos in his voice that Kishore started crying. Soon after the rehearsal was over, he left saying that he was not ready for the recording of the song. When ready, he will inform Dada about it. Within a short time thereafter, Dada had stroke and had to be hospitalized. ………………………………………………………………………………… To learn the depth of Dada’s sadness, we recommend a video on YouTube with title, ‘Kishore Kumar in his own voice remembering S D Burman’, uploaded by a fan, the link of which is:

Peeyush Sharma on S D Burman

Peeyush was born and raised in culturally rich, Calcutta. His mother has been a renowned singer of the bhajans and ghazals. From very early in life, Peeyush developed an ear for music. During his school and college days he would participate in music and stage programmes. From his early years he became a collector of music in form of vinyl records. In his interview Peeyushji tells us how junior music directors used to compose their tunes, and come to SD Burman to get them approved by him.

S. D. Burman Remained Calm and Composed, Creating Immortal Music

S. D. Burman Remained Calm and Composed Creating Immortal Music Ameen Sayani tells us how senior music directors took a delegation to The Ciba Geigy to protest with the sponsors of the weekly ‘Binaca Geetmala, a popular hit parade program, complaining that their songs were being neglected in their Hit Parade. Then they organised a live show and gave their own selection of songs. S.D. Burman was not part of the delegation to Ciba, nor a part of the team which organised the live show. Note:In ‘Geetmala Ki Chhaon Mein’ CD Volume 23, ‘Songs and Storms’ – 1965 (Part I), Ameen Sayani has spoken in detail about this episode. It is worth buying the VOLUME 23 by music lovers. Yogesh (Lyricist) tells us how Burman Dada, not interested in the CMDA, would come to the balcony of his home and drop the contribution from there. Music Director Pyarelal tells us that Burman Dada would rarely attend the meetings of CMDA (Cine Music Directors Association), but when he did, it was only for a short time after which he would slip away while others would be arguing vociferously on various issues including demand to increase of the royalties. Homi Mullan, percussionist and a sitting member in Burman Dada’s team says that everyone was definite that Dada’s music in Guide would get the award, but they were surprised that it lost. Waheeda Rehman tells us that everyone was sure that Guide (1965) with its beautiful music will win the award. When Guide side-tracked and the award went to Suraj with much inferior music, she found SD Burman calm and composed. Nov 6, 2020

Gulzar on S. D. Burman - Part I (Rev I)

Gulzar describes how he met Bimal Roy who explained the situation to him. Sachin-da used to visit Bimal Roy’s office to discuss the tune. Pancham used to accompany his father bringing along his ‘dagga’ (left side of percussion instrument tabla, also known as baya) for rhythm. Sachin-da asked Gulzar to write according to the tune, asking him not to sing it to Bimal Roy. Gulzar did not know how to sing, and he would not be able to bring out the emotions in the song. The song became a superhit song. It remains so till date.

Poornima (Sushma) Shreshtha on S. D. Burman (Rev I)

FAIR USE OF COPYRIGHT MATERIAL FOR RESEARCH HAS BEEN DONE Poornima (Sushma) Shreshtha fondly reminiscences how Burman Dada tried to help her by giving her singing assignments, after her father (46) died suddenly when she was only 11. Dada also asked son Pancham to make her sing in his films where he was the music director. Both Dada and Pancham literally forced Raj Kapoor, to create a scene in his film 'Dharam Karam' with music by Pancham, to give her a singing assignment. Poornima remembers fondly how Dada used to feed her rosogollas, every time she met him.