Sachin Dev Burman: The undisputed King Of Melody


“His rthe young composerange was unbelievable. To think that the same man composed for both Chalti Ka Naam Gadi and Sujata!”- Javed Akhtar

The man with perfect musical touch and simplicity in almost every phase of life is remembered till date by all the music enthusiasts. He is none other than the maestro Sachin Dev Burman our beloved S.D Burman. He was born on 1st October 1906 and created a landmark in the history of music during his lifetime. It is just impossible to name any other versatile singer like him today. He is the sole composer of over 100 films including some Bengali movies too. He was very fond of “Paan” (Beetle leaf) and was never willing to share it with anybody.

Most of his exclusive compositions are sung by our legendary singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt, Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar, Asha Bhosle Kishore Kumar, Shamshad Begum, Mukesh and Talat Mahmood.


After completing his B.A from Comilla Victoria College and M.A. from Calcutta University he started his formal music training from the eminent musician Sri. K.C Dey and was under his tutelage for 5 consecutive years. Then he was trained by Kahifa Badal Khan, Sarangi player, and Ustad Allauddin Khan. He spent a pretty long time with Kazi Nazrul Islam in his Comilla house too.

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  • He initially worked as a radio singer with Calcutta Radio Station in the year 1932. He concentrated more on folk music that time.
  • His first record was also released (Hindustan Musical Product), with “Khamaj” semi classical, E Pathery Aaj Eso Priyo on one side and the folk Dakle Kokil Roj Bihane on the reverse” on 78 rpm for Hindustan Records.
  • 131 songs in Bengali are to his name, and he also sang for composers like Himangsu Dutta, RC Boral, Nazrul Islam and Sailesh Das Gupta.
  • Attended the All India Music Conference
  • He was invited to Bengal Music Conference, Kolkata, which was inaugurated by Guru Rabindranath Tagore. He was awarded Gold Medal for his brilliant thumri performance there
  • He started with Bengali plays, Sati Tirtha and Janani, and eventually gave his first score in film, Rajgee in 1937.
  • His second film Rajkumarer Nirbashan (1940) became a hit and there was no turning back after that.
  • He gave successful music in Bengali films like, Jevaan Sangini, Protishodh (1941), Abhoyer Biye (1942), and Chaddobeshi (1944)
  • He moved to Mumbai in the year 1944Lata Mangeshkar
  • Debut music: Yahudi ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahari Sanyal. His first film as a singer was finally Sanjher Pidim (1935).
  • He sung for Ashok Kumar starrers like, Shikari (1946) and Aath Din
  • His first major breakthrough came the following year with the company’s Do Bhai (1947).
  • Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya sung by Geeta Dutt was her breakthrough song into the film industry.
  • Shabnam, his biggest hit in 1949 is especially noticeable for its multi-lingual hit song Yeh Duniya Roop ki Chor, by Shamshad Begum
  • S.D. Burman left the Ashok Kumar starrer Mashaal (1950) incomplete and decided to board the first train back to Calcutta
  • S.D. Burman teaming up with Dev Anand’s Nav Ketan Productions created musical hits like Taxi Driver, Nau do Gyarah (1957) and Kala Paani(1958)
  • He was responsible along with O. P. Nayyar for shaping Asha Bhosle as a singer of repute, who became his daughter-in-law after she married Rahul Dev Burman
  • He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Music direction of Lajwanti
  • He received the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the year, 1970 for Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana from Aradhana.
  • The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was named after the composer by Sachin’s grandfather, who was a zealous fan of Burman.
  • The CD from ‘Raga Music’ (Symphony) was released at Kolkata Press Club.

India stampThe Indian postal authority released a stamp on the late music maestro S.D. Burman on his 101st birth anniversary on October 1 in the year 2007 in Agartala.


“He was one of the most cultured and sophisticated music directors I have ever encountered.”- Dev Anand

Dev Anand



  1. […] Suresh Wadkar said, “It feels great when you perform in memory of a great musical maestro like R.D.Burman on his platinum jubilee birth year celebration event in Kolkata. He was a great music director who is very close to heart. I even performed with Pancham da in Kolkata. Those were surely memorable days and I will cherish them all throughout my life.” Suresh Wadkar made his first rendition under R.D.Burman’s musical baton with Kudrat and then went on to offer hits after hit. He performed Aur Kya Ahde Wafa Hote Hai, Huzur Is Kadar Bhi Na with Nachiketa, Tumse Milke Aisa Laga Tumse Milke with Anwesha, Andar Bahar Bahar Andar followed by group song as Kitni Khubsurat Yeh Tasveer Hai and Hum Kisise Kam Nahin with Anwesha and Saptak. […]


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