Evergreen music legend Kumar Sachin Dev Burman remembered at his birthplace in Cumilla

Cumilla, Oct 01: The evergreen music legend and composer Kumar Sachin Dev Burman was remembered at his birthplace of Cumilla district on Sunday on his 117th birth anniversary. The Deputy Commissioner's Office in Bangladesh has organised the programme, where the Deputy Commissioner of Cumilla Khondoker Md Mushfiqur Rahman placed a floral wreath at the portrait Sachin Dev Burman at Uttor Chartha in Cumilla city on Sunday morning.

Later district police, district Shilpakala academy, Nazrul Institute, Cumilla Cultural Complex, Cumilla Sangskritik Jote, Yusuf High School and Cumilla Charu Shilpi Parishad also placed floral wreaths at the portrait of the famous musician.The legend was born on October 1, 1906 as one of the nine children of the Royal Tripura family in Cumilla, Bengal Presidency (in present-day Bangladesh).

Burman started his musical career in Bengal as a singer of folk and light classical music, and worked in more than a hundred Hindi and Bangla films. His illustrious film singing career began with Tinkari Chakraborthy's Sanjher Pidim (1935). Leading singers of the Indian subcontinent like Lata Mangeskhar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutta, Manna Dey, Asha Bosle, Mukesh and Talat Mahmud have lent their voices to playbacks composed by Sachin Dev.

Sachin Dev Burman was admitted to Kumar Boarding School in Agartala in Tripura. Later, his father admitted him to Yusuf School in Cumilla, before Burman was admitted in Class V at Cumilla Zilla School. He later learnt music under Bhismadev Chattopadhaya, Ustad Badal Khan and Ustad Allauddin Khan. He started his carrier through Bengali films in 1937. He moved to Mumbai on the request of Sashadhar Mukharjee in 1940. He composed playbacks for evergreen Indian films like ‘Matir Ghar’, ‘Shikari’, ‘Dil Ki Rani’, ‘Miss India’, ‘Tere Ghar Ke Samne’, ‘Kaise Kahoon’, ‘Joyoti’ and ‘Prem Pujari’. He received Filmfare Best Music Director Award, Sangeet Natok Academy Award, Asia Film Society Award and Padma Shri Award. He died on October 31, 1975.

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