Burman Jalsa- A Musical Show

Had the good fortune last evening, to attend a marathon four-hour concert dedicated to SD Burman. He was RD Burman's father, who left the royal family of Tripura, because he was crazy about music. He established himself as a singer in Bengali, but we non-Bengalis know him because of his film songs in Hindi. And what a range of songs! From folksy to the sensual (Roop tera mastana, for instance), he has it all. Was also the mentor for Kishore Kumar Khandwewala, that great singer who gave us great delight with his superbly crazy singing.

The show in Pune brought forth the brilliance of his compositions, from films such as Jaal, Baazi, Kala Pani, Guide, Prem Pujari, Jewel Thief, Teen Deviyan, Lajwanti, Sujata, Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool, Sharmilee, Aradhana to name a few. The organisers also released a book on SD Burman in a Marathi translation.

My favourites from the show were Ga mere man ga, Paanch rupiah barah aana, Dil ka bhanwar kare pukar, Khwab ho tum ya koi haqeeqat, Are yaar meri tum bhi ho ghazab, Suno gajar kya gaaye, Rangeela re, Jalte hain jiske liye, and the one in his own voice, Wahan kaun hai tera, musafir, jaayega kahan, dum lele ghadi bhar, yeh chhaiyyan paayega kahan.....immortal.

The musicians, especially the flute and tabla players, were outstanding. Out of the four singers, I liked Vibhavari the best, followed by Jitendra. A wonderful surprise was the presence of Enoch Daniels, who released the book on Burman. He is a well-known accordionist and arranger, who has done instrumental versions of most good Hindi film songs. He mentioned that he got his first break as a musician with SD Burman.


Diamond Head said...

Burman Jalsa Sounds Hot

Rajendra said...

It was..dil jal raha tha un gaanon ko sunke.

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