Bilawal is also one of the ten thaats (parent scales) of the Indo-Pakistani classical music, its Western counterpart being the major diatonic scale. This lovely song was recorded in 1947 and it brought great fame and recognition to both S.D. Burman, the composer, and Geeta Roy, the singer.
The only deviation S.D. makes from the fixed Bilawal notes is when, in order to beautify his composition he uses tivar Madham (which is foreign to Bilawal) in the part “zamana beet gaya”. The meendh from Re to Pa in beet gaya, meet gaya, sangeet gaya etc., is the main feature of this composition.
Burman has used violins, cello and flute and the song was rendered perhaps from saatwan sufaid. The taal is Keharwa.
S.D. was born in the royal family of Tripura state in North-East India and had his training in classical music under his father, sitarist and dhrupad singer Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman. In the 1930s S.D. Burman was known as a popular singer of folk and light classical songs. He moved to Bombay in 1944. Many of his compositions have been influenced by Bengali folk tunes.
As a singer his powerful and melodic voice is a treat for musical ears in “wahan kaun hai tera musafir”, “dheeray se jana buggian main” and “safal hogi ten aradhna.” These songs are his own compositions – S.M. Shahid
Song – Mera sunder sapna beet gaya
Singer – Geeta Dutt
Music Director – S.D. Burman
Lyricist – Raja Mehndi Ali Khan
Film – Do Bhai (1947)
Picturized on – Kamini Kaushal