Legendary singer Manna Dey passes away

Legendary singer Manna Dey passes away

Bengaluru: Legendary singer Manna Dey passed away at 3.50 this morning at Bengaluru. He was 94 and ailing for some time. He was admitted to a local hospital following respiratory ailment and renal failure. He was on ventilator support for some time.

His body would be kept for public viewing at Ravindra Kala Kshetra. Dey had settled down in Bengaluru with his daughter.

Earlier, when he was ill, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had paid a visit.

The talented musician had sung many songs in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Assamese films. He has also sung songs in Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Magahdh, Punjabi, Maithilee, Konkani, Sindhri and Chattisgarghi.

Manna Dey made his debut as a playback singer in the film Tamanna in 1942. He has recorded more than 4000 songs from 1942-2013. His singing career during 1953-1976 is considered as his golden period.

The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.


38 Responses to “Legendary singer Manna Dey passes away”

  1. RIP, will always be known for this gem, among many others:


  2. RIP Manna Dey ji , Prayers…

    Zindagi …kaisi Hai Paheli, Haaye
    Kabhi To Hansaaye Kabhi Ye Rulaaye Zindagi…


  3. RIP Manna ji
    Your rich legacy of wonderful songs will always give pleasure.

    This song gives me goose bumps and a lump in my throat.


  4. Manna Dey singing Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachhan.


  5. RIP !!!


  6. Here few old Assamese Song by Manna Dey ji

    Akou Ebaar Log Pao Jodi (আকৌ এবাৰ লগ পাওঁ যদি)

    Kajol Lota Tumare Nam by Manna Dey

    O Xiparor Bandhav – Bhupen Hazarika & Manna Dey

    Dinor puhor rongsongiya by Manna Dey


  7. Rajenmaniar Says:



  8. I was so sad to wake up to this news.

    I few of my favourites (OG has already posted Laga Chunari Mein Daag):

    My personal favourite:

    When the juvenile delinquent Seema, the eponymous heroine of the film, hears Balraj Sahni’s character singing this soothing Bhajan, her soul is touched and she begins her journey to finding peace:

    And finally two duets with Lata:

    India’s first ‘waltz’:


  9. This is a huge loss: I still remember the day Abzee introduced me to “Jhanak Jhanak Tori Baaje Paayaliya” back in 2007; it has since become one of my favorite Manna Dey songs (although, one look at the video and you want to gouge your eyes out). And Chalat Musafir is just…evergreen. There are so many more too (although I never cared for Laaga Chunri Mein Daagh)…


  10. Indeed a rich legacy unequaled..


  11. Wasn’t a fan of Manna Dey, but he certainly had his share of great songs. One of my favorites being:

    Lapak jhapak tu aa re badarwa – Boot Polish

    And this romantic duet with Asha where he actually gets to sing for the hero for a change 🙂

    Mere jeevan mein Kiran banke – Talaq


    • Manna Dey has sung for several heros – Raj Kapoor, Rajender Kumar, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor etc.
      I’ve linked Dev Anand, and Raj Kapoor’s songs above. Here’s one where he’s singing for Rajender Kumar.


  12. some anecdotes


  13. Doordarshan Program on Manna Dey


  14. A truly talented singer who has left behind a wonderful legacy…RIP.


  15. One of the rarer gems of Manna Dey.


    • This is a beautiful. Basant Bahar has some lovely songs.
      Manna Dey sang classical tunes so beautifully (they all did actually). How talented they all were. Voice dominated.


  16. AamirsFan Says:

    Sad day…back when singers mattered Manna Dey held his own against Rafi, Mukesh and Kumar. RIP. this song in particular was and is one of my favorites:


  17. RIP Manna Dey.

    Here’s another song of his with Lata M (Chunari sambhal gori) from RD Burman’s fabulous ‘Baharon Ke Sapne’ (1967) sound track. Just like all of the other pieces in this film, this one’s a gem.


  18. RIP. Was never a great fan of his voice though his classical renditions are the best. I loved how accurately he sang ‘Saawariya Aao’ in Padosan in Carnatic Style


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