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Vocalist Tulika Ghosh on S D Burman (Part III) HD

He was tall, fair and slim. What a personality! He would wear white dhoti and a kurta. Once in while he will also be in a lungi. He never indulged in gossip, or talking about others. He would just… if any topic arose… You know any ‘ninda ya par ninda, ya uske baare mein koi ninda kare’ (talking ill about someone, or if he is told someone was talking ill about him), he would just change the topic and change the subject. He was not interested.

Music Arranger Manohari Singh on S.D. Burman (Part I)

Manohari Singh: He (S.D. Burman) always maintained a style of his own. He always gave good music and his songs used to be like nature, like 'matti smell', like earth smell. His music used to be like that. Folk tunes, Bhatiali, all this sort of ...east Bengal Bhatiali and east Bengal folk tunes also, all natural tunes of our nature, not ready made composed but natural songs. From that kind of tunes he used to develop and make songs.

Vocalist Tulika Ghosh on S. D. Burman (Part II) HD

Tulika ji, “Nobody can replicate Sachin da's voice. Nobody can ever copy that (voice). Breaking of the voice for folk music, or even thumris, it is a very difficult thing because it has to be natural. The slight crack of that voice, which is so very beautiful as far as folk is concerned. This kind of breaking of voice, I think only Begum Akhtar and Barkat Ali Khan sahib, that is Bade Gulam Ali Khan sahib’s younger brother, who had this typical, beautiful way of breaking voice.” Tulika ji also tells how Sachin da sang ‘Allah megh de pani de’ for hours on end, creating variations in the song, holding attention of all the topnotch musicians who had collected for the musical conference. ...................................... About Tulika Ghosh With a sound foothold in traditional knowledge of Raagdari and compositions, Tulika's involved vocal recitals leave an indelible impression because of the energy that emanates from her consistent search for true and living expression. Tulika has performed in various parts of India. She has also appeared in U.S.A., France, U.K., Germany, Bangladesh and Japan. Her vocal recitals are frequently broadcast on Radio & Television

Vocalist Tulika Ghosh on S. D. Burman (Part I) HD

Vocalist Tulika Ghosh’s father Pandit Nikhil Ghosh used to accompany S. D. Burman on private musical soirees, live programs and music conferences during their Calcutta days. She has the firsthand knowledge about the maestro S.D. Burman. Her elder brother Pandit Nayan Ghosh is a renowned tabla and sitar maestro. Both Tulika ji and Nayan ji have shared with us several anecdotes on Burman da which they had heard from their father late Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. Tuilka was indeed fortunate to have her voice honed by three traditions: her father and mentor tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh, patriarch of Banaras Gayaki Pandit Hanuman Prasad Misra and Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan and Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan - the authoritative figures in Agra-Atrauli Gharana.

‘Ghum bhulech nijhum’ – A Tribute to S.D. Burman by Girindra Majumdar

S. D. Burman wrote in his autobiography ‘Saragmer Nikhad’, “I used the rhythm of Ghazal in the mukhda and geet in the antara. The first line was, ‘Hum bekhudi mein tum ko pukare chale gaye’. I used Mohd Rafi for this song. Rafi sang it extremely well, with the tone up to my satisfaction.” It was sarangi player Pandit Ram Narayan who heard the Muharram song, ‘‘Le rasool se jo musalmaan badal gaya’ based on Marsiya tune. He told about it to S. D. Burman who was always on the lookout to popularize folk tunes. He composed two songs on the tune, ‘Ghum bhulechi nijhum’ in Bangla and Hindi version ‘Hum bekhudi mein’ in Kala Pani (1958). Both, the Bangla song sung beautifully by Dada, and its Hindi version by Rafi became super hits and shall continue to charm music lovers for all time to come. Singer and ardent fan of S.D. Burman, Girindra Majumdar sings the Bangla version in this video. He hails from Tripura state and has done research on Sachin Dev Burman, documented by him in a video. He is the recipient of ‘Sachin Sanman Award’ given in the memory of Burman Dada.

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:

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 (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:

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)

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