In the music world of India when names are discussed one of the great names is Sachin Dev Burman who is popularly known as SD Burman. He was born on 1 October 1906 in Comilla of present-day Bangladesh and passed away on 31 October 1975 in Mumbai. He was born in a royal family in Tripura. Mother was Royal Princess of Manipur Rajkumari Nirmala Devi and father was Mahamanyabar Rajkumar Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman. Sachin Dev Burman married film lyricist and musician Meera Das Gupta on 10 February 1938. They were blessed with only one son, a great music director popularly known as RD Burman.
SD Burman was very interested in music albeit he completed his bachelor degree from Calcutta University and joined service in Agartala but he left the job and went to Calcutta /Kolkata. There he was trained by great personalities in the field of music such as Ustad Allauddin Khan, Ustaad Faiyaz Khan, Bishmadev Chattopadhyay, Krishna Chandra Dey and many other stalwarts. SD Burman had innovative ideas so he blended folk songs with normal songs. He started working as a radio singer on Calcutta Radio Station. His first record was released in 1932 (Hindustan Musical Product). At a young age he was endowed with many laurels. For example, in 1934, he participated in the All India Music Conference, in Allahabad University, where he sang his Bengali Thumri, in presence of great personalities like Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and the inimitable Abdul Karim Khan of Kirana Gharana. Later on in the same year, he was invited to Bengal Music Conference, Kolkata, which was inaugurated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, here also he presented his Thumri, and was awarded a Gold Medal. His compositions were sung by the leading singers of the era, including Lata Mangeshkar, Md. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Geeta Dutta, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood and others (wikipedia.org/wiki/S._D._Burman).
He was conferred many awards and laurels. On 1 October 2007, on his 101 birth anniversary, the Indian Postal Service released a commemorative postage stamp, in Agartala, where an exhibition on his life and work was also displayed. Tripura Government introduced “Sachin Dev Burman Memorial Award” in music. He was awarded seven times ‘Filmfare Award’ (ibid).
1) 1954: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Taxi Driver
2) 1973: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Abhimaan
3) 1959: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Sujata: Nomination
4) 1965: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Guide: Nomination
5) 1969: Filmfare Best Music Director Award : Aradhana: Nomination
6) 1970: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Talaash: Nomination
7) 1974: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Prem Nagar : Nomination. Also he was given Sangeet Natak Akademi (Academy of Music and Plays) award, 1957; Padmashree award, 1969;
SD Burman in addition to composing, had also lent his voice (sang songs) to 14 Hindi and 13 Bengali films. He composed music for over 100 movies in Hindi and Bengali. Some of his classics include ‘Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera’, ‘Chanda Hain Tu Mera Suraj Hain Tu’, ‘Badi Sooni Sooni’ etc.(indiatoday.in/1 October 2018).
Before, conclusion few facts based on the website starsunfolded.com/s-d-burman are presented here:
Ø It is believed that famous cricketer of India Sachin Tendulkar’s grandfather was a great fan of SD Burman so he decided to keep his grandson’s name as Sachin.
Ø SD Burman was a football referee also and played cricket for YMCA club.
Ø Also he was fond of tennis but his Guru asked him to select either tennis or singing so he selected singing.
Ø When he went to Bombay/ Mumbai during that time he met actor Dev Anand and together they worked for the movie Baazi which was a great hit and brought him in the limelight.
SD Burman although passed away on 31 October 1975 but he will be in the heart of millions of Indians generation after generation.