Singer Manna Dey dies at 94
Singer Manna Dey, whose versatile voice charmed fans of Bollywood cinema for more than 60 years, died in Bangalore on Thursday, a hospital spokesman said. He was 94.
He had been suffering from a lung ailment for several months.
Manna Dey, whose real name was Prabodh Chandra Dey, was born in 1919 and grew up in Kolkata. Dey accompanied his musician uncle to Mumbai in 1942 and started assisting him and other composers.
Dey sang his first movie song for the film “Tamanna” in 1942, the first of more than 3500 songs in a singing career spanning six decades and several languages.
His most memorable Bollywood songs include ‘Aye meri zohra jabeen’ in Waqt (1965), ‘Aye bhai zara dekhke chalo’ from “Mera Naam Joker” (1970), ‘Zindagi kaisi hai paheli’ in “Anand” (1971) and the friendship anthem ‘Yeh dosti’ from the 1975 blockbuster “Sholay”, a film that often tops polls for Bollywood’s best.
Dey’s distinct voice made him a favourite of music directors S D Burman and Anil Biswas, while his ability to bring in a Western lilt to Hindi songs, especially in songs such as ‘Aao twist karein’, distinguished him from his contemporaries.
News of his death brought tributes from a number of Bollywood’s top stars.
Dey is survived by his two daughters. His wife Sulochana died last year.