Legendary playback singer Manna Dey, whose beautiful voice left a mark in the hearts of millions of his fans all over the world for decades, is no more amongst us. The legendary actor recently passed away at a hospital in Bangalore on Thursday. He was 94!
Manna Dey died of a cardiac arrest at around 3.50 am. The singer was indergoing a treatment at Narayana Hrudayalaya. Dey has been suffering with respiratory illness and renal failure and had to visit hospital very frequently in the past few months.
Dey, who was born on May 1, 1919 in Calcutta as Prabodh Chandra Dey made his debut as a playback singer in the movie Tamanna in the year 1942. He has sang over 4000 songs in many different languages like Hindi, Bengali and Assamese
The Indian government too recognised the immense talent in him and honoured him with the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. His popular songs include ‘Zindagi Kaise Hai Paheli’, ‘Ami Je jalsaghare’, ‘Hoyto Tomari Jonyo’ and ‘Coffee Houser Shei adda ta aj ar nei’. He is survived by his two daughters.
Many believed that Manna Dey didn’t get the fame which he deserved. So what if, he couldn’t become as famous as Raj Kapoor or Uttam, he managed to remain a focal point for all the singers who looked up to him for inspiration. And on top of everything, the respect he earned within the musical fraternity was not even thinkable for many. Here is a playlist of some of his very best songs.
Many Bollywood celebs took up to twitter to convey their thoughts on the legendary singer:
Singer Usha Uthup said: ‘It is a very sad news. It is a huge loss for us.’
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said: ‘We grew up listening to his songs … We should be grateful that we had a person of his caliber.’
Actor Amitabh Bachchan said: ‘Manna Dey, stalwart of the music world, passes away. Flooded with memories and his songs. In particular his rendition of Madhushala. Manna Dey RIP .. !! Prayers and condolences to loved ones and family! Strange how we connect events of our life with his songs! At work but shall keep a minutes silence, in Manna Dey’s memory on set before we start ..!!’
‘Manna Dey had a unique voice. He will live on through his songs Ai Meri Zohra Jabeen, dil ka haal suney dilwala, poocho na kaise maine RIP,’ posted Shabana Azmi.
Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain said: ‘Last of the great voice of golden Bollywood has moved on. Manna Da will be missed and forever revered.’
Actor Manoj Bajpayee posted: ‘MANNA DEY is no more! a great singer!lets pray for him!my condolences to his family!his music will live for 1000 yrs.RIP.’
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said: ‘oh no. such terrible news to get up to. manna dey no more? less melody in the world. #mannadey.The song that introduced me to manna day (through my father) was poocho na kaise maine rain bitaee…then barsaat ki raat, chori chori. My all time favourite though has to be laaga chunari me daag…..among many unforgettables of course.’
Singer Sunidhi Chauhan wrote: ‘Heartbroken at Manna Da’s shocking demise.’
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said: ‘Mannada, a Legendary singer with a golden voice, that ruled our hearts for decades, will be missed by all. Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haye.’