Think of Hindi cinema music in the 90s and S.D. Burman is one name that would inevitably come to mind among the all-time great music composers. Born to Tripura’s Rajparibar in 1906, S.D. Burman aka Sachin Dev Burman, began his career in 1937 as a music composer in Bengali films. Versatility was his signature as both a singer and a composer, and he churned out memorable semi-classical numbers in Bengali film music while also contributing significantly to the genre of Bengali folk music. From thereon, S.D. Burman carved an indelible league of his own as a playback singer and music composer in the Hindi film industry.
The stalwarts of Indian film music, from Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mehmood, Samsad Begum to Hemant Kumar, have sung his songs and etched them as timeless numbers. Burman has won numerous awards, such as the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Asiatic Film society award, Sant Haridas Award, the Gold Medal from Bengal All India Music. He won the National Film Award for Best Playback singer for Saphal Hogi Teri Aradhana from the film Aradhana. He also clinched the National Film Award for the Best Music Director for his work in the 1974 film Zindagi Zindagi. Pyaasa, Teen Devian, Zindagi Zindagi, Abhimaan, Aradhana, Jewel Thief, Guide are among the famous films in his illustrious repertoire.
On the 115th birth anniversary of the musical man whose strains reverberate in the ears of every seasoned music lover in India, here are select Hindi films that feature the simple yet soulful compositions by the stalwart.