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A Tribute by 
Nilangshu Haldar

 

For the Bengali, the Durga Puja is cause for wild festivities and extravagant indulgences, a time of the year which could compare with the Diwali of the Non-Bengalis.

Tradition has it that Artistes and Musicians release their albums & singles just before the Pujas, to add to the gaiety of the festival and also to cash in, no pun intended, on the extravagance of the splurging Bengalis.

When Rahul Dev Burman made an appearance on the scene, the music world was already saturated for the discerning listener. Salil Chowdhury, Hemanta Mukherjee, Shyamal Mitra and many others ruled the Bengali heart.

Slowly and steadily, Rahul Dev Burman made his presence felt - first with Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar (and Amit Kumar) and then with Asha Bhonsle. His partnership with Asha Bhonsle rivaled the legendary Salil Chowdhury-Lata Mangeshkar partnership, and between the four of them, produced much of the best  music of modern Bengal.

An out-of-work (by his standards) and disillusioned Rahul Dev Burman returned to the Bangla Puja scene after a gap of almost three years with two albums with Usha Uthup and Indrani Sen in 1993. They were to be his last.

Note

Most of the earlier songs were released in 78 rpms & 45 rpm EPs - and would be extremely difficult to get. Most of the songs however have found their way into subsequent albums released as Puja Albums during his life-time and posthumously.

I've sorted the songs based on singers and the links on the left will take you to their respective songs/albums.

 

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