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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.

Music Director Pyarelal on S.D. Burman - Part II (Rev I)

FAIR USE OF COPYRIGHT MATERIAL HAS BEEN DONE FOR RESEARCH PURPOSE. Initially, Pyarelal ji didn’t allow us any recording. In that period whatever Pyarelal ji said was lost, as we could not tell him to repeat. During that period Pyarelal ji, while praising father and son, had said was that R.D. Burman was ‘Gold’, and Burman Dada was a ‘Diamond’. After a while, Pyarelal ji relented and allowed us to record. He continued talking, not even waiting for the camera to be set up; hence viewers will notice that the camera starts midway while he is talking. Pyarelal ji says that Dada was a very Simple person, busy in his own work, not involved in anything else. He was fond of good lyrics and took interest in rhythm. He would proceed only after he had overseen everything. Dada would personally make his singers Lata-ji, Kishore-ji, Rafi sahib and others to rehearse before recording. He also tells us how the classic song ‘O re maajhi’ from Bandini (1963) was recorded without lights in the dark. I am sure fans will enjoy this interview, which is Part II. I have still lot of footage to share. Enjoy.

S D Burman and his Dance Songs

Vijay Anand on S. D. Burman: Burman Dada had a very big role to play. Nothing was possible without him. We used to finalise the scene or script only after talking to him. What would be the ‘situation’ of the song, what kind of a backdrop would be needed, the kind of costumes the characters would wear, what kind of dialogues they would have, who all would be in that scene, what is the objective of the song… all these issues were discussed with Burman Dada. Once all of these details were sorted, the composing would begin. His inputs were very critical for us in everything. Several times we had changed the song situation altogether on his advice. We have even tweaked the story content (on his suggestion). His understanding about cinema was very sharp and mature, especially about music and songs. The dance steps and style, rhythm, execution… all these would be designed in his mindscape at the very outset. Then he would suggest the ideas to us. We used to highly respect his opinions. Source:

Aslam (Driver) on S. D. Burman Dada (Part Four)

Shakti Samanta Presents Mercedes to Sachinda (One of the anecdotes) After the phenomenal success of Aradhana', mainly due to its music, one day Shakti ji landed at 'The Jet' bungalow where Dada lived. He drove in a brand-new Mercedes 125, while his driver was driving his car. He went up to meet Dada, leaving after few minutes in his car with his driver at the wheel. It was later known that Sachinda had declined to accept the Mercedes, saying that he was very happy with his two cars (Fiat 1961 and 1968 models), adding that he had no use for a third car. Samanta left the keys of new car, insisting that Dada use the new Mercedes, and if Dada doesn't like it, he will take it back. Dada did not even sit in the Mercedes, which was lying unused in the garage, regularly cleaned by Dada's driver Babu (nickname). After few days, Samanta sent a driver to collect the Mercedes. (Source: Aslam, who heard it from his boss R.D. Burman, as well as his father Babu, who was S. D. Burman's driver.)

Aslam (Driver) on S D Burman Dada (Part Three)

Aslam's father Babu used to work for Burman Dada. Aslam was engaged by Dada to work for son Pancham, who stayed nearby in 'Sur Mandir' on 15th Road, opp. Khar Gymkhana, where now a building by name 'Fortune Heights' has come up. Initially, Meera Dev Burman used to pay Aslam. After Pancham's work picked up, his wife Rita started paying Aslam.

Music Director Shantanu Moitra on S D Burman

Excerpts from our meeting with Shantanu Moitra (SM) SM: I have quite a few recordings of Burman-da in Bengali. Question: Raw recordings? SM: No, Studio recordings. But, many of them have not been made. He was very good with tappa, a form of Keertan, Many of SD Burman’s Hindi compositions are based on keertan. He was very much influenced by keertans. The brilliance of him was that though he adapted many of his songs to Hindi, the Hindi audience never could make out that they are Keertans, which is the genius of that man. But if you were to skip the arrangement, and just listen to the melody, you will know… ‘Phoolon ke rang se’ is a keertan. It’s a hardcore keertan. SM sings Bangla song, ‘Borne Gondhe Chonde Geetite’. “It is a tappa set. Tappa, tappa set.’ (SM sings along with theka.) ‘Barne gandhe chhonde geetite hridoy-e diechho dola’. It’s a keertan. SM (continues excitedly) Imagine, to take that traditional form, and put in a contemporary situation like this, with Dev Anand singing, ‘Phoolon ke rang se’. That’s is the genius of this guy! His influences were not… music kya hota hai ki hum kuch influences hote hain. We get influenced by the whole package, sound… SM: He had the ability, to completely disassociate the influence, and just take that melody out, and add a new colour, add a new clothing to it, so that becomes something new. That’s very difficult to do as a creative person, as a composer. Bahut mushkil hai, bahut mushkil hai! * * * * *

'Sar jo tera chakraaye' Composed by S D Burman

‘Sar jo tera chakraaye’ in Pyaasa Composed by S.D. Burman In England, Guru Dutt brought picked up records of a film which was initially named ‘Harry Black’. I had read it decades back. Later, the film was rechristened as ‘Harry Black And The Tiger’ for the Indian audiencew. After so many years, one doesn’t find Harry Black on internet, though I am sure about it. In India, ‘Harry Black And The Tiger’ was released in 1958 as per the available data, while Pyaasa was released in 1957. How come Pyaasa song was inspired from the English film? There are two explanations for this: 1. Guru Dutt must have got records of ‘Harry Black’. 2. The records of ‘Harry Black’ (possibility the film too) may have been released before the release of Pyaasa in 1957. 3. The following sentence from the book, ‘Ten Years With GURU DUTT’, says it all: “It was from the film ‘Harry Black and the Tiger’, which, though Guru Dutt did not know it then, would be released later in India.” (Page 71) From above, t is clear that the English tune was available to Guru Dutt before the release of ‘Harry Black And The Tiger’. …………………………………………………………………………………….. ‘My Father My Friend’ (Interview of Pancham) This interview of Pancham was conducted by Mr Raajan Baalaa, which appeared in The ‘Free Press Journal’ dated 26th Oct 1975. The interview was taken on Wednesday 23rd Oct 1975, 11 am Film Centre Tardeo (background music arrangement of Dharam Karam was going on) ... just a few days before SDB was no more. Pancham: “I had developed an ear for music and did my own compositions. Most of them were 'chaalu' tunes. Nothing serious till then. One day my father while on a brief visit to Calcutta asked if I had composed anything. I sang a song for him ---- my own.” (details of song truncated as a respect for Pancham's later year's admission, that he did a grave mistake by telling in public through interview/s that he had composed song/s for his father. So, request his "real" fans to follow suit and see just the real purpose which follows in the paragraph below) ………………….. I have shared only one para of what Pancham is supposed to have said, followed by comments, within brackets, by a very senior SD-RD fan. Readers are free to understand what is said within the brackets. I have complete interview with me, as shared by this fan in our SDB group on SDB. When I asked him, which was/were the song/s truncated (hidden) by him, he has told me that as both SDB and RDB are no more, let their soul rest in peace.

Did S D Burman stop composing for Dev Anand

Vijay Anand “Other studios like R.K. stuck to their music directors and lyricists. On the other hand, we didn’t bother to retain such brilliant talents as Guru Dutt, Chetan Anand, S.D. Burman and R. D. Burman which led to Navketan’s downfall.” FILMFARE, MAY 1999

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

Neeraj on S.D. Burman: Burman Dada had this quality, a great quality, that he would be completely immersed in his music for twenty-four hours. He was not interested in his own publicity, or in any gossip. He would not go anywhere to promote himself. All day long, he was involved in his music, creating immortal tunes! (Source: Our interview with Neeraj)

S. D. Burman Biography by Girindra Majumdar - 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.