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Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman – the Life and Works of SD Burman

November 26, 2018 | By

‘Sachin Dev Burman’ or ‘SD Burman’ or ‘Burman Dada’… whichever way you take this name, it will spell magic in music! 🙂

Blue Pencil. a venture of Learning & Creativity-Silhouette Magazine and an imprint of Wisitech, is proud to present the Revised and Updated Second Edition of HQ Chowdhury‘s celebrated work Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman, the first published biography of the maestro, originally published in 2011. The delightful 470-pages book takes you through his life and works is priced at Rs.599.



Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman

Author: HQ Chowdhury
Publisher: Blue Pencil (a venture of Learning and Creativity-Silhouette Magazine)
MRP: Rs. 599
Pages: 470
ISBN: 978-81-939555-0-5
Available on: Amazon
To Buy Contact: sales@bluepencilpublishers.com

Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman is a personal and in depth overview of an all time great maestro of the Indian subcontinent. Hardly a situation goes by when one does not see a reference to something as “SD” or “Sachin Karta” when Hindi film music or modern Bengali songs are discussed. He was part of the DNA of these genres. What began in the early thirties of the last century continues to draw attention even today as his music had an allure and flavour that remains unprecedented. He was an institution … as a composer, as a singer. Here was a master who also drew out the best from his singers, lyricists and instrumentalists and helped them excel in their craft. This book by HQ Chowdhury was first published in 2011 to much critical acclaim.

In the revised and updated edition, along with added inputs and pictures, a Special Foreword written by Santoor maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and an Introduction by Film Music Historian Manek Premchand lend valuable added perspectives to the remarkable personality and genius of SD Burman.

Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman offers a full fledged story of the composer singer covering his successes, failures, idiosyncrasies and what peers thought of him. Painstakingly accurate and meticulous, this SD Burman biography is written with incredible thoroughness by author HQ Chowdhury. It chronicles his family background, childhood, early days in Comilla and Calcutta, his amazing passion for music of the rustic hinterland, his rigorous training under his gurus and his remarkable rise to success in Bengal and the Bombay film industry.

In the world of Hindi film music, he was popularly known as the music composer SD Burman or Burman Dada. But in West Bengal and Bangladesh he was an all-time great singer, Sachin Karta or Sachindev. This SD Burman music book traverses the two musical worlds of Sachin Dev Burman – one as a composer and the other, as a singer – and makes it available in a language common to all.

Burman Dada’s thoughts and beliefs, successes and failures, his innocence and penchant for perfection, and his style of working – all come through in the detailed descriptions, facts, analyses, interviews and anecdotes, collected and written by HQ Chowdhury. Highly acclaimed among Indian music books, Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman is a collector’s delight.

The complete and detailed Discography lists all the songs Burman Dada has sung or given music for in Bengali and Hindi. This Indian cinema book will serve as a great resource of students of modern Bengali songs, Hindi film songs and vintage Bollywood films.

About the Author 

HQ Chowdhury

HQ Chowdhury

HQ Chowdhury is a freelance writer on music and films. He first wrote in the late 1960s for the People, an English daily from Dhaka and then for a while in the early 1970s for Cine Advance, published from Kolkata and Mumbai. He is a recipient of the 2006 ‘Sachin Dev Burman Award’ from the Government of Tripura, India.

HQ Chowdhury is the CEO of Plasma Plus, an application laboratory of science and technology of which he is also the founder. He was listed in the Marquis WHO’s WHO in the World of Professionals from 1997 to 2002.

Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman unveiled in Bangalore

Manek Premchand with Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman

Film Music Historian Manek Premchand (R) with Sundeep Pahwa unveiling Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman at a musical meet in Bangalore (Pic courtesy: TJ Natarajan)

Sundeep Pahwa at SD Burman book Launch

Movies and Music enthusiast Sundeep Pahwa speaking about how the revised and updated edition came about (Pic courtesy: TJ Natarajan)


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