TDIM - Tribute to Manna Dey - 24th Oct
October 24, 2013 @ 10:47 am
Tribute to Manna Dey
On This Day, we pay tribute to India's legendary playback singer, Manna Dey.
Prabodh Chandra Dey, known by his stage name Manna Dey, was an Indian playback singer. He debuted in the film Tamanna in 1942, and went on to record more than 4000 songs during 1942-2013. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007. He died at the age of 94 on 24th October 2013 at 4:30 AM in Bangalore at Hrudayalaya due to cardiac arrest.
Dey sang mainly in Hindi and Bengali; he also recorded songs in several other Indian languages. His peak period in Hindi playback singing is considered to be from 1953-1976.
In 1942, Dey accompanied Krishna Chandra Dey on a visit to Bombay. There he started working as an assistant music director first under Krishna Chandra Dey, and then under Sachin Dev Burman. Later, he assisted other music composers and then started to work independently. While working independently as a music director for various Hindi movies, Manna Dey continued to take musical lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.
Dey started his career in playback singing with the movie Tamanna, in 1942. The musical score was by Krishna Chandra Dey and Manna sang a duet named "Jago Aayee Usha Ponchi Boley Jago" with Suraiya which was an instant hit. His songs like "O Prem Diwani Sambhal Ke Chalna" from 1944 film Kadambari composed by Anil Biswas, "Dil Churaney Ki Liye from Dur Chaley" (1946) composed by Jafar Khurshid, his duets with Amira Bahee like "E Diniya Jara Suney" from Kamala (1946) and duet song "Aaj Bor Aayee" with Meena Kapoor from 1947 film Chaltey Chaltey became chartbusters in respective years. Between 1945-47 many Manna Dey-Rajkumari duets like "Hay Gagan Me Badal Tharey" in 1945 for the film Vikaramaditya, "Aowji Morey" from Insaaf (1946), all 4 duets from the film Geet Govind composed by Pandit Indra - "Kit Ho Nando Kumar", "Chorr Sakhi Aaj Laj", "Apney Hi Rang", "Lalit Labang Lata" from Geet Govind became popular. He sang for first time songs composed by Sachin Dev Burman, Upar Gagan Vishal and Duniya Ke Logo in the 1950 movie, Mashal, which becmae poipular and from here his association with S.D.Burman began. Its lyrics were written by Kavi Pradeep. In 1952, Dey sang for a Bengali and a Marathi movie with the same name and storyline, Amar Bhupali. This established him as a leading playback singer in Bengali films and Marathi films as well by 1953.
He sang around 1262 songs in Bengali. He recorded 611 songs in Bengali films and sung 356 Bengali non-film songs. He also sang 46 Rabindra Sangeet Songs in Bengali, 3 Dwigendra Geet, 84 Shayam Sangeet, 23 songs in Akashvani,3 title songs for Bengali TV serials, 103 Bengali songs from non-released Bengali films and 33 Bengali songs of other varieties.
He sang 35 film songs in Bhojpuri, 2 songs in Magadh and one song in Maithilee language.
He sang 13 Punjabi film songs and 5 non-film songs.
He sang 2 songs in Assameese films and 4 non-film songs in Assamese language.
He sang 7 songs in Oriya language and 1 song each in Konkani film and Sindhi film.
He sang 85 songs in Gujarati films.
He sang 55 Marathi songs in Marathi films and 15 non-film songs in Marathi.
He sang 2 film songs in Kannada. He sang 2 in Malayalam - Maanasamaine Varoo from 1965 film Chemmeen and song Chemba Chemba ... from 1974 film Nellu sung with P Jayachandran both composed by Salil Chowdhary and lyrics by Vayalar.
The Top 10 Songs of Manna De are:
• Ay Mere Pyare Watan, Ay Mere Bichhade Chaman
• Puchho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitayee
• Laga Chunari Main Daag
• Aye Meri Zohra Jabi
• Ek Chatur Naar Karke Singar
• Tu Pyar Ka Sagar Hai
• Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli
• Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi
• Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua
• Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandani Main Hum
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