"Aradhana" (Worship) is a 1969 Indian Hindi film directed by Shakti Samanta and starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna.
It is a copy of the Hollywood film "To Each His Own", a 1946 movie. It was voted best film of the year by the Filmfare Awards. Sharmila Tagore won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for the same role that won Olivia de Havilland her first Academy Award for Best Actress.
Aradhana's success gave way to two remakes, both starring Vanisri in Sharmila Tagore's role: the Tamil film Sivakamiyin Selvan (1974) and the Telugu film Kannavari Kalalu (1974).
The music is by Sachin Dev Burman and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
Trivia; * In the film Parineeta, Sharmila Tagore's son, Saif Ali Khan rides on the same train Tagore rides on in Aradhana.
1969 Awards; * Filmfare Best Movie Award: Shakti Samanta * Filmfare Best Actress Award: Sharmila Tagore * Filmfare Best Male Playback Award: Kishore Kumar for the song Roop tera mastana.............
Kumar Shri Sachin Dev Burman ( October 1, 1906 - October 31, 1975), also credited as Burman da, Kumar Sachindra Dev Barman, Sachin karta or S. D. Burman, was one of the most famous music composers for Hindi movies and a Bengali singer and composer. His son Rahul Dev Burman also achieved great success as a Bollywood music director in his own right. S D Burman composed music for 100 movies, including Bengali films.
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 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.
S. D. Burman was born on October 1, 1906, in Comilla, Undivided exclusive 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.
S D Burman was a frank and outspoken man, with a strong sense of self-pride. He openly criticized people whom he disliked or whose abilities he suspected (like the singer Mukesh). But he was widely respected by the industry as a cranky genius...........
Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Sharmilee (1971), Abhimaan (1973), Prem Nagar (1974), Sagina (1974), Zameer (1974) Chupke Chupke (1975), and Mili (1975) are other classics from this period.
S D Burman went into coma soon after recording the song Badi sooni sooni (sung by Kishore Kumar) for the film Mili. He died on October 31, 1975 in Bombay (now Mumbai).
On October 1, 2007, marking his 101st birth anniversary, India postal department released a commemorative postage stamp, in Agartala, where an exhibition on his life and work was also inaugurated; the state government of Tripura, also confers the yearly, 'Sachin Dev Burman Memorial Award' in Music.
The cricketing genius Sachin Tendulkar was named after the composer by his grandfather who was an ardent fan of S D Burman.
Awards and recognitions; * 1934: Gold Medal, Bengal All India Music Conference, Kolkata 1934 * 1958: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award * 1958: Asia Film Society Award * National Film Awards o 1970: National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: Aradhana: Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana o 1974: National Film Award for Best Music Direction: Zindagi Zindagi * 1969: Padma Shri * International Jury on Folk Music * Filmfare Awards o 1954: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Taxi Driver o 1973: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Abhimaan o 1959: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Sujata: Nomination o 1965: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Guide: Nomination o 1969: Filmfare Best Music Director Award : Aradhana: Nomination o 1970: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Talaash: Nomination o 1974: Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Prem Nagar : Nomination * BFJA Awards o 1965: Best Music (Hindi Section): Teen Deviyan o 1966: Best Music (Hindi Section): Guide o 1966: Best Male Playback Singer (Hindi Section): Guide o 1969: Best Music (Hindi Section): Aradhana o 1973: Best Music (Hindi Section): Abhimaan
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