Thursday, May 19, 2011

S.D.Burman-A Natural Composer

After a long gap I hve been able to continue my nosta lgic journey of film music and now I recpllect some old memory wit S.D.Burman music.Yhe first compsition of Burman which struck the responsive chord in me as a child was the song sung by Geeta Dutt(then Roy) from the film "Do Bhai".It was :Mera Sunder Sapna Beet Gaya".I have a very faint memory of the film whic I had seen with my mother and aunt in the laadies class of the local theatre.But this song is still alive in my memory.Geeta Roy was a new discovery with a distinct lusture in her voice which provided a new dimension to the melodies of that era due to a special mould given by the musical genious called Kumar Sachin Dev Burman.S.D.Burman throghout his career never disappointed uswith his composition; be it the mellow and serene melodies of Pyasa ot the lilting,lively aand yuthful songs of Munimji.Paying Guest,Chalti ka naamGari,Kala Pani ,Aradhana and many others.His musical spectrum was vide enough to cover different shades of composition required to fit a film situation,ranging from Bengali folk to classical,modern and Western.He was the only music director with an uncanny sense of composing songs befitting the fim situation and the characters.He was a master craftman in selectingg the sngers for his songs.His songs are syudded with the gems of voices of every hues and sheen that were available .He utilized the range and timbreof these voices perfectly.Talat Mahmood and Hemant Kumar are such two vices.He extracted the best from Talat Mahmood in his three songs,1)Jayen to Jayen Kahan(Taxi Driver),2)Mitwa(Devdas)3)Jalte hain Jis ke liye(Sujata) Hemant Kumar A baritone with a lmited range of voice sang his best songs under the direction of S.D.Burman.Remember "Teri duniya mmen Jine se'(hOUSE NO.44)jANE WOH Kaise Log The" (Pyasa),"Hi Apna Dil to Awara"(Slva Sal" nd Yd Aa gayin Woh Nashili Nigahhen"(Mnzil)
These songs are tailord made for Talat Mehmood and Hemant Kumar only.Burman as a film musician is par excellence

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