Legendary singer Manna Dey, who passed away in the wee hours of Thursday (Oct 24) in Bangalore, had shared a close bond with city. Though he was born and brought up in West Bengal and spent 55 years in Mumbai, the singer spent his last days in the Garden city.
The 94-year-old singer, who made his debut as a playback singer in the film Tamanna in 1942, has crooned more than 4,000 songs in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada and Assamese. His singing career during 1953-1976 is considered as his golden period.
Manna Dey has crooned five songs in Kannada film, when the industry was still in the beginning stage. He crooned evergreen tracks like 'Jayathe jayathe jayathe sathyameva jayathe' from Kalpavruksha, 'Kuhu kuhu yenutha haaduva kogile' from Kalavathi, 'Kannillaveno nijakanadeno' and 'Anu Anuvinallu' from Margadarshi and 'Neere neere baare bega' for the earlier version of Sangolli Raayanna, which also had Latha Mangeshkar's voice.
Manna Dey's body was kept in Samsa open air theatre, which is behind Ravindra Kalakshetra. The famous singers of Kannada and other actors attended the funeral and paid their last tribute to the legend. The last rites of the singer was done in Hebbal Crematorium.
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Manna Dey's Bond With Bangalore
It is reported that Manna Dey's wife Sulochana was based out of Bangalore. Their marriage was solmenised in a ceremony in Kenchappa road. His wife, who was suffering from cancer, passed away in 2012.
Manna Dey Admitted To Hospital
Manna Dey was staying with his daughter Shumitha Deb in Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore. He was admitted to Narayan Hrudayalaya in May, after he suffered from respiratory ailment and renal failure.
Singers Paying Their Last Tribute
Singer Archana Udupa, Srinivas Udupa and YK Mudhu Krishna paying their last tribute to Manna Dey.
South singer Sangeetha Katti paying her last tribute to the legendary singer.
Theatre personality and member of Rajya Sabha B Jayashree paying her last tribute to the legendary singer Manna Dey.
Umashree, who is an actress and also the Minister of Women and Child Welfare, and Kannada and Culture Department in the Karnataka state government payed her last tribute to Manna Dey.
The president of Lahari audio company, Lahari Velu paying his last tribute to the singer Manna Dey.
Manna Dey's daughter Shumitha Deb consoled by her friend. The singer was living with her daughter in Bangalore from many years.