D. Burman was born on October 1, 1906, in Comilla, British India, now in Bangladesh, to Nirmala Devi and Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman, the second son of 'Ishanachandra Dev Burman', Raja of Tripura, (r. 1849-1862). Sachin was the youngest of the five sons, of his parents, who had nine children in all. He began his training in classical music under his father, who was a sitarist and Dhrupad singer. He did his B.A.
from Calcutta University  He started his formal music training under famous musician, K. C. Dey (1925-1930), thereafter in 1932 he came under the tutelage of Bhismadev Chattopadhaya, though only three years his senior, this was followed by training from Kahifa Badal Khan, Sarangi player, and Ustad Allauddin Khan . Eventually he got K.C.
Dey, Ustad Badal Khan and Allauddi Khan into Agartala, noted Bengal poet laureate, Kazi Nazrul Islam also spent time in their family home, Comilla House, in Agartala.  Music career S D Burman composed music for 100 movies (inclusive of Bengali films). Agneepath (1990) had an uncredited song composed by him - Nazar lagi raja tore bangle par from Kalapani (1958). He also sang about 20 film songs (inclusive of Bengali films) for which he composed music though he may not have been the music director of the films. He also sang for one of the songs of Amar Prem (1971), a film whose music was composed by his son, Rahul Dev Burman.
S.D. Burman's compositions have been mainly sung to a large extent by the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt (wife of Guru Dutt and a playback singer herself), Manna Dey,Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle and Shamshad Begum. Mukesh and Talat Mahmood have also sung songs composed by him. He has also sung a number of private songs and bhajans, notable ones being "Dheere se jana bagiyan mein" and "Kaun nagariya javun re Bansiwale..".
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