S. D. Burman

S. D. Burman


Sachin Dev Burman (S.D.Burman), was an Indian music composer and member of Tripura royal family, born on 1 October 1906, In Tripura Bengal.

Family Background:

His Father Nabadwip Chandra Dev Burman, who was a son of Maharaja Ishan Chandra Manikya Dev Burman, Maharaja of Tripura Burman’s mother Raj Kumari Nirmala Devi, Who was the royal princess of Manipur. Burman came from royal family.

Personal Life:

On 10 February 1938, Sachin Dev married to Meera Dasgupta, who was the granddaughter of Magistrate Rai Bahadur Kamalnath Dasgupta, In Dhaka. They had one son, whose name was Rahul Dev Burman known as R.D.Burman.


Sachin Started his school education at Kumar Boarding from Agartala, Tripura. After sometimes, His father took him from Kumar Boarding school and enrolled him at Yusuf School in Comilla. At the age of 14, He completed his Matriculation from Comilla Zilla School in 1920. In 1922, He entered in Comilla Victoria Government College, where he passed his IA and later BA in 1924. After dropped out his Calcutta University, He started his music education under the musician K.C.Day from 1925 to 1930.


He started his career as a radio singer on Calcutta radio station. In 1932, His first record was released. In the following Decade, he was reached at the top of the singer. He sang for composers such as Himangshu Dutta, RC Boral, Nazrul Islam, Sailesh Das Gupta, Madhavlal Master, and also sang for his son R.D.Burman. In 1934, He attended all music conference, which had invited by Allahabad University, where he sang his Bengali Thumri. In 1944, He moved to Mumbai from the request of Sashadhar Mukherjee of the Filmistan. His first major breakthrough came with the company’s Do Bhai. In 1950, Burman started work with Dev Anand starred film Taxi driver, Nau Do Gyarah, and Kala Pani. His second success was from Baazi. In the early career, He reduced to gave his voice to lip-synced on film by actors. Later his thin powerful voice used in some film songs such as Bandini, Guide, and Aradhana. In 1971, Burman and Lata Mangeshkar came together during R.D Burman’s first song for the Chhote Nawab movie. S.D Burman was famous for his hit Bandini and Ziddi. In 1963, He composed the song “Poocho Na Kaise Maine”, which was sung by Manna Dey for the film Meri Surat Teri Aankhen.

On 31 October 1975, S.D.Burman died in Mumbai.

Unknown Facts:

  • He never used his wife’s voice in any movie, despite she had a very good voice.
  • He was very close to Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul.
  • He was also an accomplished tennis player.

Master Stroke:

  • Burman had the unique style to compose film songs. other composers used harmonium or piano to compose a song, but Burman composed tunes using the rhythms such as clapping hands.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1958, He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
  • In 1959, He received the Asia Film Society Award.
  • In 1969, He received the Padma Shri award.
  • In 1970, He won the National Film Award for Best Male playback singer.
  • In 1974, He received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction.

What can we learn from him??

Like S.D. Burman, Believe in yourself. Give respect to your elders. Focus on your life goal.

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