Forty-two years ago, we lost one of the music greats of our country S. D. Burman was one of the few musicians who we can truly call the architects of the golden era of Hindi film music.

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Sachin Dev Burman (1 October 1906–31 October 1975) was a music composer. A member of the Tripura royal family, he started his career with Bengali films in 1937. Later he began composing for Hindi movies, and became one of the most successful Bollywood film music composers. S D Burman composed music for over 100 movies, including Hindi and Bengali films. Apart from being a versatile composer, he also sang songs in light semi-classical and folk style of Bengal. His Son Rahul Dev Burman was also a celebrated music composer for Bollywood films.

S.D. Burman’s compositions have been sung by leading singers of the period including Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum. Mukesh and Talat Mahmood have also sung songs composed by him. He sang about 14 Hindi and 13 Bengali film songs.

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