Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sun Mere Bandhu Re - The Musical World of S D Burman - Sathya Saran

A prince who leaves his family home in Tripura and heads off to Calcutta to explore his passion for music. A push, a nudge and then a marriage by choice. Unhappy with the way the new bride is treated back home he vows never to go back and instead moves to Bombay to try his luck in the Hindi movie industry. And so begins a journey of a man devoted to his craft, who gave everything for his music. He composed for over 100 films, many of them superhits. Guide, Devdas, Pyaasa, Aradhana, Shamilee, Mili, Sujata, Aradhana, Tere Mere Sapne, Chupke Chupke and many more. Just reading his filmography makes one nostalgic.

For a prince, he was a careful man, could live austerely, and was very disciplined with his music. Even his music was done with only as much as was needed - any extra singers, musicians were paid and sent back. His partnerships with Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar were legendary.

Sathya Saran writes the biography in a different manner. Very interesting. The person shines through very clearly, and his passion for his music. I was inspired to listen to all his big hits after reading the book. That's a good enough response I should think.

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