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1st October: A tribute to SD Burman (hindustanitimes)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 30, 2009

New Delhi, September 30, 2009

SD-Burman-2009Sachin Dev Burman, born on October 1, 1906, was one of the greatest music composers of his time. He is still remembered for his soulful compositions. Burmanda composed music for Dev Anand in his initial years in the industry. He also wrote music for Guru Dutt classics like Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool. He also weaved his musical magic in Bimal Roy‘s film Sujata.The musical genius composed music for 100 movies, including Bengali films. He was also a singer. His son Rahul Dev Burman too achieved humungous success in his musical career.

S.D. Burman’s compositions have been mainly sung to a large extent by the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle and Shamshad Begum. Mukesh and Talat Mahmood have also sung songs composed by him.

As a music composer, he started with Bengali plays, Sati Tirtha and Janani, and eventually gave his first score in film, Rajgee in 1937. His second film Rajkumarer Nirbashan (1940) became a hit.

He gave successful music in Bengali films like, Jevaan Sangini, Protishodh (1941), Abhoyer Biye (1942), and Chaddobeshi (1944).

He made his film debut singing in Yahudi ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahari Sanyal. His first film as a singer was finally Sanjher Pidim (1935).

In 1949, came Shabnam, his biggest hit with Filmistan, especially noticeable for its multi-lingual hit song Yeh Duniya Roop ki Chor, by Shamshad Begum, which became a rage in those days.

In 1950s, S D Burman teamed up with Dev Anand’s Nav Ketan Productions to create musical hits like Taxi Driver (1954), Munimji (1955), Paying Guest (1957), Nau Do Gyarah (1957) and Kalapani (1958).

Burman da composed the music for Dev Anand‘s production company Navketan’s first film Afsar (1950). With the success of their second film, Baazi (1951) he made it to the top and a long association with Navketan and Dev Anand was on its way.

He also wrote music for the Guru Dutt classics – Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). The soundtrack of Devdas (1955) was also composed by him. House No. 44 (1955), Funtoosh (1956), and Solva Saal (1958) were other S D Burman hits.

In 1959 came Sujata, a masterpiece by Bimal Roy, and S D created magic again with Jalte hai jiske liye by Talat Mamood.

In 1958, S D Burman gave music for Kishore Kumar‘s house production Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, the same year he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Music direction, and remains the only music director to have won the prestigious award.

(Source: 30/9/2009 (18:12 IST) –

Shayars from movie ‘Pyaasa’ (Thirsty – 1956) | starring Guru Dutt

Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari from movie ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (Paper Flowers – 1959) | directed by Guru Dutt

Jalte Hai Jiske Liye from movie ‘Sujata’ (1959) | directed by Bimal Roy

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Berlin: Asia-Pacific Weeks from 7 to 18 October 2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 30, 2009

Asia-Pacific Weeks from 7 to 18 October 2009


Under the heading “Asia-Pacific: Partner for a Common Future”, the 7th Asia-Pacific Weeks will be focusing on the priority themes of “mobility” and “energy” .

The business and science program includes two specialist conferences on mobility and energy, to be held from 8 to 10 October at the Berlin Town Hall, and, from 12 to 17 October, other symposia, conferences, and “business days” on individual countries of the Asian-Pacific region.

Program of the Conferences


Ten days of art and culture from the Asian-Pacific region: as a center for non-European art and culture, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) is coordinating the cultural program of the Asian-Pacific Weeks again this year. Three new high-profile partners have joined the team: the National Gallery at Hamburger Bahnhof, RADIALSYSTEM V, and the theater Hebbel am Ufer. Each of these institutions is organizing a program that reflects its artistic and curatorial focus. The AEDES Forum für zeitgenössische Architektur, the Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft, NEXT – Interkulturelle Projekte, Fashion Patrons, and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) will be presenting other projects on urban development, fashion, young people’s art, and theater.

In 2009, your gateway to Asia is still in Berlin: Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit and the strategic partners of the Asia-Pacific Weeks – Berlin Partner GmbH, the Asia-Pacific Forum Berlin, and the House of World Cultures – invite you to immerse yourself in the Asian-Pacific region in October 2009.

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