Published On: Sat, Oct 31st, 2015

Remembering the legendary S.D.Burman, on his 40th death anniversary today.



S.11140285_10201272745856821_3853153443088505906_nD. Burman was singer, musician, composer and teacher all at once – a trailblazer in the truest sense of the term. He was a prince who lived a commoner’s life, a singer who created tunes instead, a classically trained musician who composed for the lay listener. His incredible career in Hindi cinema spanned three decades – through all the years of which his spirit was as fresh and young as when he started. His compositions were filmed on succeeding generations of stars to unflaggingly wonderful effect.

In an industry where high-priced ballyhoo converts mediocrity into talent and plagiarism into genius, S. D. Burman has always stood apart from the madding crowd Yet, the quality of his music, the living, pulsating, haunting, melodies, fold rhythms and lilts which he has created for innumerable films, prove time and again his faithfulness, his lively exuberance and the living vitality of his work

11705139_10201272746296832_4653586536202993178_nAs a composer he was in a class by himself. The tunes he composed were so beautiful that we lyricists were inspired to give of their best.

His lilting melodies based on refreshingly original composition had kept Indian music-buffs spell bound for more than three decades. In fact the roaring commercial success of a long series of Bollywood movies from the fifties to the mid-seventies could be attributed to the musical genius of Sachin Dev Burman.

A golden voice capable of making one stop in ones tracks, an uncanny understanding of audience expectation and an astute ability to create something original using various musical techniques and genresthese are some of the characteristics that defined Sachin Dev Burman, the most dignified music composer India ever had. One of the greatest artists to have risen on the Indian musical firmament and captivated the imagination of millions, SD Burman’s musical talent was appreciated by connoisseurs and commoners alike. Combining folk and classical styles, SD gave the world a form of music that could be the both the boatmans and the ustads own.

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology