We just reported to about the demise of legendary singer Manna Dey this morning. On this day, we would like to remember him for the man he was and pray that his soul rests in peace.
Manna Dey, who was born on May 1, 1919 was gifted with a voice. This was a voice that recorded more than 4000 songs in his long career in the music industry. He was popular for his hit songs in Hindi and Bengali but he also contributed to other languages too.
For his contribution to the Indian music industry, Dey was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005. He was later even honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2007.
Dey's birth name was Prabodh Chandra Dey but was fondly called by everyone with his nickname Manna Dey. He was born into a family that influenced him with the art of music. Before he began with playback singing, he started his career as an assistant music director and grew from there.
His first playback singing was for the 1942 movie titled Tamanna and from then on he never stopped to impress us with his beautiful and melodious songs. There is a saying that says - There is nothing better than singing other than more singing. Manna Dey truly followed this and gave us so many songs with which we will always remember him. Although he has bid farewell to this world, his songs will live in our hearts.
Have a look at the slide show for some of the best songs of Manna Dey...
Cham Cham Lo Suno
We hope you recall this famous song that goes like this-'cham cham lo suno cham cham, o suno cham cham haye haye cham cham'. This is from the Ujala(1959) movie album.
Ab Kaha Jaye Hum
This too is a song from the 1959 movie titled Ujala which starred Shammi Kapoor in the lead role. Manna Dey lent his voice for this lead actor in the songs.
Aye Mere Pyaare Watan
'Aye mere pyaare watan' was sun by Manna Dey for the 1961 movie called Kabuliwala. The lyrics were penned by Prem Dhawan.
Aye Meri Zohra Jabi
'Aye Meri Zohra Jabi' is from the 1965 film called Waqt which was directed by Yash Chopra.
Laaga Chunari mein Daag
'Laaga Chunari mein Daag' is a classical gem from Manna Dey. This song is still remembered and appreciated as it was one of the best ones from this legend.
Ek Chatur Naar
'Ek Chatur Naar' is a famous number from Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar for the well known movie titled Padosan. Everyone loved this son from the duo.
Tu Pyaar Ka Sagar
'Tu Pyaar Ka Sagar' is another good song from Manna Dey. It is from the 1955 film called Seema.
Tujhe Suraj Kahoon Ya Chanda
'Tujhe Suraj Kahoon Ya Chanda' is a Manna Dey song from the 1969 film called Ek Phool Do Mali.
Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli
'Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli' is another well known song from the past. Thischit number is from the film called Anand (1971).
Poocho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitai
'Poocho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitai' is a melodious song from Meri Surat Teri Aanken (1963).
There are many more songs that this legend has for us to remember him with. We pray and hope his soul rests in peace. Do post your condolences below.