Abhijit BhaduriGuest Author

Raga Based Gems from SD Burman

Source | | Abhijit Bhaduri |Keynote speaker, Author and Columnist  

The King of Manipur and married the princess of the royal family of Tripura. They had five children. When the youngest prince was born on 1st October 1906. The prince was named Sachin. He was barely two years old, his mother passed away. Sachin grew up in boarding schools but his obsession was music.

1924 after graduation he decided to get trained in music. The legendary musician KC Dey was the first musical guru for SD Burman. He also learned from Bhishmadev Chattopadhyay and Ustad Allauddin Khan. SD Burman was a very successful composer and singer in Bengali cinema when he decided to move to Bombay to try his luck as a composer for Hindi films – a language he barely knew.

He brought in the sound of folk music of the East to Bollywood. I would love to know which five songs of SD you would choose as the finest examples of folk music in popular melodies?

Today I want to play some raga based gems composed by SD.

Raga Jhinjhoti: The film Guide (1965) has a few raga based gems. SD was nominated for the Filmfare award for the Best Music Director but never won. This film has two Jhinjhoti based songs – Kya se Kya Ho Gaya and my favorite, Saiyyan Beiman is one of the finest examples of this evening raga.

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