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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Manna Dey

Manna Dey was born to Purna Chandra (father) and Mahamaya Dey (mother) on 1 May 1919. Besides his parents, his youngest paternal uncle Sangeetacharya. K. C. Dey highly inspired and influenced him. Dey received his early education in a small pre-primary school named Indu Babur Pathshala. Thereafter he attended Scottish Church Collegiate School and Scottish Church College, followed by Vidyasagar College where he received his graduate education.
During Dey’s years at Scottish Church College, he sang to entertain his classmates. He began taking singing lessons from his uncle, Krishna Chandra Dey and Ustad Dabir Khan. During this period, Manna Dey stood first for three consecutive years in three different categories of inter-collegiate singing competitions.
In 1942, Dey accompanied Krishna Chandra Dey on a visit to Bombay. There he started working as an assistant, 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 1943. The musical score was by Krishna Chandra Dey and Manna sang a duet with Suraiya. The song was an instant hit. He sang a solo composed by Sachin Dev Burman, Upar Gagan Vishal, in the 1950 movie, Mashal. 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.
Dey recorded a popular duet, Ketaki Gulab Juhi, with classicist Bhimsen Joshi. With Kishore Kumar, he sang duets of different genres such as, Ek Chatur Naar (Padosan), "Babu Samjho Ishare" (Chalti ka naam Gadi ). With Md Rafi , Dey sang 58 duets like "Isq Isq" (Barsat ki raat ) "Tu hai mera prem Devta (Kalpana), "Mama o mama" (Parvarish ). With Lata Mangeshkar, Manna recorded 113 duets including "E raat bhigi bhigi","Pyar hua iqrar hua", "Aja madhur sanam", "Ritu aye". With Asha Bhosle, Manna recorded more than 100 duets including "Re man sur me ga", "Tu chupi hai kahan", "Zindegi hai khel". Dey sang with singer/composer, Hemant Kumar (Hemanta Mukherjee), in Bengali movies, and also for some other Bengali composers like Nachiketa Ghosh and Sudhin Dasgupta. He sang a duet, "Ke Prothom Kachhe Esechi", with Lata Mangeshkar in the movie Sankhyabela. He also performed Rabindra Sangeet and has recorded over 3500 songs.
He was presented the Filmfare Life Time Achievement Award recently.

Personal life

On 18 December 1953, Manna Dey married Sulochana Kumaran from Kerala. They have two daughters: Shuroma, born on 19 October 1956; and Sumita, born on 20 June 1958.
Manna Dey currently lives in Bangalore in the township of Kalyannagar after spending more than fifty years in Mumbai. He also maintains a Calcutta address. He still travels widely in the world to present musical programs.
His Bengali-language autobiography, Jiboner Jalsaghorey, has been published by the renowned Ananda Publisher in the year 2005 which has been translated in English as Memories Come Alive, in Hindi as Yaden Jee Uthi and in Marathi as Jiboner Jalsaghorey.
Jibaner Jalsaghore, a documentary on Dey's life, was released in 2008. Manna Dey Sangeet Academy is developing a complete archive on Manna Dey. In association with Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, the Manna Dey Music Archive has been developed in the Sangeet Bhawan.
He has also lent his voice for Madhushala, composed by Late Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Accolades and awards

Dey has been honored with the titles Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
The following is the list of Manna Dey's other awards:
  • 1969 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the Hindi Film Mere Huzur
  • 1971 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the Bengali film Nishi Padma
  • 1971 Padma Shri Award by Government of India
  • 1985 Lata Mangeshkar Award awarded by Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • 1988 Michale Sahittyo Puraskar awarded by Renaissance Sanskritik Parishad, Dhaka
  • 1990 Shyamal Mitra Award by Mithun Fans Association
  • 1991 Sangeet Swarnachurr Award awarded by Shree Khetra Kala Prakashika, Puri
  • 1993 P.C.Chandra Award by P.C.Chandra Group & others
  • 1999 Kamala Devi Roy Award by Kamala Devi Group
  • 2001 Anandalok Lifetime Award by the Anandabazar Group
  • 2002 Special Jury Swaralaya Yesudas Award for outstanding performance in music
  • 2003 Alauddin Khan Award by the Government of West Bengal
  • 2004 National Award as Playback singer by Government of Kerala
  • 2004 Hony D. Lit Award by the Rabindra Bharati University
  • 2005 Lifetime Achievement award by the Government of Maharashtra
  • 2005 Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India
  • 2007 First AKSHAYA Award by Government of Orissa
  • 2007 Awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award by the Government of India
  • 2008 Hony D. Lit Award by Jadavpur University
  • 2011 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Tamanna (1942)
  • Ramrajya (1943)
  • Jwar Bhata (1944)
  • Kavita (1944)
  • Mahakavi Kalidas (1944)
  • Vikramaditya (1945)
  • Prabhu Ka Ghar (1946)
  • Valmiki (1946)
  • Geetgobind (1947)
  • Awaara (1951)
  • Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
  • Hamdard (1953)
  • Parineeta' '(1953)
  • Chitrangada (1953)
  • Boot Polish (1954)
  • Shree 420 (1955)
  • seema (1955)
  • chori chori (1956)
  • Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957)
  • Kabuliwala (1961)
  • Dil Hi To Hai (1963 film)(1963)
  • Waqt (1965)
  • Love in Tokyo (1966)
  • Teesri Kasam (1966)
  • Pyar Kiye Ja (1966)
  • Upkaar (1967)
  • Raat Aur Din (1967)
  • Aamne Samne (1967)
  • Palki
  • Nawab Sirajdoula
  • Boond Jo Ban Gaya Moti (1967)
  • Padosan (1968)
  • Mere Huzoor (1968)
  • Neel Kamal (1968)
  • Ram aur Rahim (1968)
  • Ek Phool Do Mali (1969)
  • Chanda Aur Bijli (1969)
  • Jyoti (1969)
  • Mera Naam Joker (1970)
  • Anand (1970)
  • Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong (1971)
  • Jane Anjane (1971)
  • Lal Patthar (1971)
  • Buddha Mil Gaya (1971)
  • Paraya Dhan (1971)
  • Reshma Aur Shera (1971)
  • Chemmeen (Malayalam)
  • Bawarchi (1972)
  • Seeta Aur Geeta (1972)
  • Shor (1972)
  • Zindagi Zindagi (1972)
  • Avishkaar (1973)
  • Dil Ki Rahe (1973)
  • Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)
  • Sampurna Ramayan (1973)
  • Saudagar (1973)
  • Zanjeer (1973)
  • Bobby (1973)
  • Resham ki Dori (1974)
  • Us Paar (1974)
  • Sholay (1975)
  • Himalaya Se Ooncha (1975)
  • Sanyasi (1975)
  • Ponga Pandit (1975)
  • Jai Santoshi Ma (1975)
  • Das Mnambati (1976)
  • Mehbooba (1976)
  • Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
  • Anurodh (1977)
  • Minoo (1977)
  • Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978)
  • Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)
  • Jurmana (1978)
  • Abdullah (1980)
  • Choro Ki Baraat
  • Kranti
  • Karz (1980)
  • Laawaris (1981)
  • Prahaar (1990)
  • Guria (1997)
  • Umar (2008)

1 comment:

  1. Release of Manna Dey Mannyaboreshu by Dr. Gautam Roy

    We are pleased to announce the release of our latest biographical book on musical legend Padmabhushan Manna Dey titled as Manna Dey Mannyaboreshu written by Dr. Gautam Roy, a very close follower of him and the co-writer of Jiboner Jolshaghorey,published by Ananda Publishers, Kolkata, on the birth day of the great singer,1st May,2011, on 5.30 pm at Mahajati Sadan, Kolkata. The program is going to be organised by MDSA (Manna Dey Sangeet Akademi)as they will celebrate it as their Sixth Annual Program through various musical performances by the members of MDSA, felicitation of eminent musician Protap Roy (Baby da) and also with the screening of docu-feature film Jiboner Jolsaghorey directed by Dr.Satarupa Sanyal and produced by MDSA. All are requested to make their gracious presence to mark the occasion. Please visit www.mannadey.in for more details on the program.
    For more information about the book follow this link to our website : http://anjalipublishers.com/product_details.php?cat_id=7&pro_id=48&t=Bengali


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