Manna Dey’s Life, Songs and Music

Manna Dey, the legendary singer, who epitomised the ‘golden era’ of singing, is no more.  The celebrated singer died at Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bangalore on 24th October, 2013.  With death of Manna Dey, 94, we lost all the versatile traditional singers of our golden era. He belonged to the family of singers such as Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar and Mukesh who were dominated the Hindi film industry from 1950’s to 1980’s. He is survived by his two daughters Suroma and Sumita. His wife Sulochana Kumaran also passed away. In his autography, ‘Memories Come Alive’, Dey narrated how he was enthusiastic about football and transition from football to playback singing.Dey

Manna Dey’s Musical Journey

Manna Dey started his playback singing with the film Tamanna in 1943. He is credited with about 3500 songs in Hindi Bengali. He also lent his voice for 14 Indian languages such as Punjabi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, etc.  Manna Dey was well-versed in Qawalis, Ghazals and Bhajans.  Dey was in demand for complicated songs. He was the master for intricate raag-based music. Once Mohammad Rafi said to media persons that you people love to listen my songs, in fact, I like to listen Manna Dey’s song.  Dey recorded his last song for the film Umar in 2006.

He gave songs for films like Shree 420, Sholay, Padosan, Waqt, Aawara, Chori Chori, and many more.

Dey’s compositions with SD Burman, RD Burman, Shankar-Jaikishan, Anil Biswas, Madan Mohan, NC Ramchandra, Salil Chaudhary and Roshan was outstanding and will be remembered by music lovers for a longer time.

Manna Dey’s Memorable Songs

  • Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua (Shri 420)
  • Ae  Meri Zohra Zabeen (Waqt)
  • Ek Chatur Naar (Padosan)
  • Dosti Hum Nahi Todege (Sholay)
  • Zindagi Kasie Hai Paheli (Anand)
  • Puchho Na Kasie
  • Laga Chunri Mein Daag
  • Tere Bina Aag Yeh Chandani (Awara)
  • Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala (Shri 420)
  • Ájaa Sanam (Chori Chori)
  • Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi (Chori Chori)
  • Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo (Mera Naam Joker)
  • Kasme Vaade Pyar Wafa (Upkaar)
  • Yaari Hai Imaan  Mera (Amar Akbar Anthony)
  • Tu Pyaar Ka Sagar Hai (Seema)

Manna Dey’s Award

Manna Dey’s singing was loved both at home as well as abroad. Manna Dey was the recipient of many awards. He got Dadashaeb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution in singing. He won National Award  for the Best Male playback singer for Bengali movie ‘Nishi Padma’. He also got Padmashree and Padmabhushan.

Childhood Memories

Manna Dey’s born on May 1, 1919 in Kolkata and his childhood name was Probodh Chandra Dey. His father’s name was Purna Chandra Dey and mother’s name is Mahamaya Dey but he was more inspired from his uncle. He was trained under his uncle Sangeethacharya Krishna Chandra Dey and by his Ustad Dabir Khan. He completed his schooling and college from Kolkata.

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