The 105th birth anniversary of Sachin Dev Burman is to be observed. Born in 1906, he was the only all rounder music director of his age, with his hold on Indian folklore, his sound classical base and his ability to ‘jazz’ up things when the situation demanded making him a director’s delight.
His film compositions were often influenced by his huge repertory of folk-tunes from the Bengali, Bhatiali, Sari and Dhamail traditions of the Northeast.
His first major breakthrough came in 1947 with Filmistan’s Do Bhai. The song Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya shot him to fame along with the singer Geeta Dutt. Shabnam was his biggest hit with Filmistan with the multi-lingual song Yeh Duniya Roop ki Chor sung by Shamshad Begum becoming the rage of the day.
But his golden period began in the 50’s, where he teamed up with Dev Anand's Nav Ketan Productions to create musical hits for films like Taxi Driver, Munimji, Paying Guest, Nau Do Gyarah and Kalapani. Almost all the leading singers of that time were ready to give away just about anything to render their voices to his tunes.
He understood the mood of the movies very well something that be gauged from songs as disparate as Tadbir se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer for Baazi and Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Wo Kahan hai from Pyaasa.
He fell out of Lata Mangeshkar in 1957 and opted for Asha Bhosle who later married his son RD Burman. He along with OP Nayyar is credited for shaping Asha’a career to a great extent. His ill health for almost two decades did not permit him to remain as prolific as he would like to be but films like Bandini, Guide, Jewel Thief and Aradhana in the 60’s and Prem Pujari, Abhimaan, Milli, Chupke Chupke in the 70’s ensured that he remained in the public memory forever.
He passed away on October 31, 1975, yet his songs continue to haunt young and old alike.
With inputs from News Tomorrow