Kolkata, May 1 ANI | 3 months ago

West Bengal today paid tributes to legendary playback singer Manna Dey on his 95th birth anniversary.


As the whole India celebrated the occasion with love and respect for the departed singer, there was a homely celebration of the memorable event.

It is seen that a Bengali's life is incomplete without the mesmerising songs of Manna Dey.

From youth to old age, from party to funeral the songs of Manna Dey deserves accolade. His song "coffee house er sei addata aj r nei" brings the pain of old age but songs like "ami je jolsha ghore" brings the joy of party.

State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today paid a tribute to the legendary playback singer.

Ms Banerjee while paying a glowing tribute to the singer said his fans was everywhere have become nostalgie on this day. "No one can replace Manna da, ' she said.

Manna Dey alias Prabodh Chandra Dey, during his lifetime recorded more than 4000 songs between 1942 to 2013, was born on this day in 1919 in Kolkata.

Credited with pioneering a new genre by infusing Indian classical music in a pop framework, Dey epitomised the golden period of Hindi cinema with his inimitable style and memorable songs like Puchho na kaise, Aye meri zoharajabi and Laga chunri mein daag.

Along with Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar, Dey was the last member of the famous quartet of singers who dominated the Hindi music industry from 1950s to 1970s.

While they were the favoured voices when it came to the lead actors, Dey stood out for his unique voice. Adept also at singing Rabindra Sangeet, the multi-talented legendary singer's experimentation with western music and qawwali produced many unforgettable melodies.

Dey, who had made Bangalore his home for the past few years, started his career in playback singing with the film Tamanna in 1943.

The musical score was set by his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey and he had to sing a duet with Suraiya. The song 'Sur na saje kiya gaon mein' was an instant hit.

In 1950, Mashal was the second film where Dey got the opportunity to sing a solo 'Upar gagan vishal', a melody created by Sachin Dev Burman.

In 1952, Dey sang both for a Bengali and a Marathi film of the same name and storyline, Amar Bhupali, and established himself as a booming Bengali playback singer that in years to come took him to greater heights.

A meticulous singer, Dey would often prepare extensively before rendering a song. The singer gave credit to Shankar-Jaikishan for understanding his depth as a singer. Dey sang for showman Raj Kapoor in Aawara, Shri 420 and Chori Chori.

His famous song during this period include Tere bina aag yeh chandni from Aawara, Dil ka haal sune dilwala, Pyaar hua ikraar hua from Shri 420, Aaja sanam and Yeh raat bheegi bheegi from Chori Chori and Ay bhai zara dekh ke chalo from Mera Naam Joker.

Dey gave hits like 'Kasme vaade pyar wafa' and 'Yaari hai imaan' for veteran actor Pran in Upkaar and Zanjeer, thus contributing immensely to Pran's transition from negative roles to character parts in cinema

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Manna Dey breathed his last on October 24 in Bangalore last year.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)