S.D. Burman


SD Filmography


A Tribute by 
Nilangshu Haldar


Extract from The Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema by Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen, first published by the British Film Institute in November 1994 and in January 1995 by Oxford University Press

Burman, Sachin Dev (1906-75)

Music director born in Tripura. classical training by his father, sitarist and dhrupad singer Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman; later with Ustad Badal Khan and Viswadev Chatterjee.

Early work for radio was based on East Bengali and North-Eastern folk music. In early 30s made a reputation in Bengal as a folk singer and light classical music, e.g. at the Allahabad Sangeet Sammelan (Music Conference) in 1935.

Film debut singing for Panjak Mullick in Atorthy's Yahudi Ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahadi Sanyal. First film as singer : Tinkari Chakravarty's Sanjher Pidim (1935); also acted in Dhiren Gangoly's Bidrohi (1935). Music Director from 1939 onwards in Calcutta.

Moved to Bombay (1944) and worked with Filmistan (Eight Days, Shabnam), Navketan (Afsar, Taxi Driver, Funtoosh, Guide) and for Guru Dutt (Baazi, Jaal, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool). Remained Dev Anand's key composer for several years (Paying Guest, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne,  Jewel Thief, Prem Pujari). Also worked on films for Bimal Roy (Devdas, Sujata, Bandini).

Film compositions often influenced by his huge repertory of from the Bengali Bhatiyali, Sari and Dhamail traditions of the North-East. As a singer, his thin and powerful voice was often used as a bardic commentary: e.g. the Wahan Kaun Hai Tera Musafir number from Guide, Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana in the hit Rajesh Khanna movie Aradhana. Wrote an auto-biography : Sargamer Nikhaad.




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