SD Burman: Simplicity in Royalty
Winner of the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, and two National Awards among other achievements, SD Burman had won over millions of hearts through his musical compositions and singing, writes Sharad Dutt.
In pre-independent India royal families were the chief patrons of fine arts, as connoisseurs of music and dance. Among those who excelled at such endeavours was the enterprising Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman, a scion of the royal family of Tripura. An accomplished classical Dhurpad singer and sitarist, he was blessed with a son on October 10, 1906. The child was none other than Kumar Sachin Dev Burman, who had the fortune of getting the initial training in music from his father. After his father's demise SD Burman was trained by Ustad Badal Khan, Bhishmadeb Chatterjee and Ustad Allauddin Khan of Maihar Gharana. But he had to leave Tripura due to palace intrigues and family feuds.