Bollywood's legendary singer Manna Dey, who mesmerised the audience the world over with his lilting voice, has bid adieu to his fans. He was 94.
Dey who was under treatment for the last four months breathed his last around 4 a.m in a Bangalore hosiptal.
The veteran singer was suffering from respiratory and renal problems.
Dada Sahab Phalke award winner, Manna Dey was born on May 1, 1919. He attended Scottish Church Collegiate School and followed by Vidyasagar College where he did his graduation. During college days, Manna Da used to sing to entertain his friends.
Initially trained under his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey, and then honed his singing under the tutelage of stalwarts like Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.
In 1942, Dey accompanied uncle Krishna Chandra Dey on a visit to Bombay, where he worked as an assistant under his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey, and then under legendary music composer Sachin Dev Burman.
In an interview, Manna Da recalling his experience with musical hit Sur Na Saje, Kya Gaon Mein said, "There were a host of objections to me singing the song, but Shankar-Jaikishen insisted that I render the song since it was composed keeping me in mind. The song created waves, I am eternally grateful to the duo for that.
"As a playback singer, I was belittled by producers. The actors in those days had a great say in the choice of singers they wanted for their films. It was humiliating and tough but then it was a passing phase," Manna Dey added.
In 1943, Manna Da started his career in playback singing with the movie Tamanna. The song was an instant hit. He sang songs penned by Sachal Dev Burman, Upar Gagan Vishal, in the 1950 movie, Mashal. In 1952, Manna Da started singing in Bengali and Marathi. This established him as a leading playback singer.
Manna Dey, who was born in Kolkata, spent more than fifty years in Mumbai before moving to Bangalore.
The legendary singer was married to a Keralite, Sulochana, who passed away in 2012. Sulochana's love for Rabindra Sangeet had brought them together in Mumbai. Manna Da is now survived by his two daughters Shuroma and Shumita.
Born in Kolkata, the Dadasaheb Phalke awardee was staying in Bangalore after spending more than 50 years in Mumbai.
Dey, who started his playback career with 1943 film 'Tamanna', has sung nearly 3,500 songs in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada and Assamese films. He had sung over 3,500 songs in Hindi, Bengali and other regional languages.
His hit numbers include songs like 'Puchho na kaise', 'aye meri zoharajabi', 'Laga chunri mein daag' and 'Pyaar hua ikrar hua'.
Here are Manna Da's few top songs:
-Puchho na kaise maine rain bitayee
-Ay mere pyare watan, ay mere bichhade chaman
-Laga chunari main daag
-Ek chatur naar karke singar
-Tu pyar ka saagar hain
-Ay meri zoharajabi
-Aaja sanam madhur chandani main hum
-Ye raat bheegi bheegi