Agartala, Oct 1 (PTI) A commemorative postage stamp on Sachin Dev Burman was brought out today by the postal department on the 101st birth anniversary of the legendary music maestro and a descendent of Tripura's royal family.
"We have renamed state's music college after Sachin Dev Burman and released a music cassette containing his 20 best songs in Bengali and Kokbarak, tribal language of Tripura," Minister for Information and Culture Anil Sarkar said.
"We would also support and encourage research on the music genius who made Tripura proud," the minister, who also pens poems, said.
Meanwhile, an exhibition on the life and work of Burman was inaugurated here on the birth anniversary of the singing colossus as the state government conferred prestigious Sachin Dev Burman Memorial Award to singer Sadagar Debbarma, who had composed over 400 songs and played a pivotal role to popularise tribal songs and culture.
Sachin Dev Burman was born on October 1, 1906 at Comilla, now in Bangladesh where his father, the eldest son of Maharaja Ishan Chandra Manikya had shifted.
Burman left Comilla in 1924 to earn a master's degree from Calcutta University. In Kolkata he was drawn into the music circle and shaped himself as a musician before leaving for Mumbai.
As the marriage between Sachin and Meera Deb Burman was not accepted by the royal family he broke away and settled in Mumbai, his biographer Panna Lal Roy said.
Ailing Meera Deb Burman, a lyricist, was felicitated by Tripura government in Mumbai on September 15.
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