Manna Dey

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Manna Dey, born as Prabodh Chandra Dey on May 1, 1919, was one of the most versatile and celebrated playback singers in the Indian film industry. He had a career that spanned over five decades, during which he lent his melodious voice to over 3,500 songs in various languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Malayalam.
As a classical vocalist, he belonged to the Bhendibazaar Gharana and was trained under Ustad Aman Ali Khan. He is considered one of the most versatile and celebrated vocalists of the Hindi film industry, often credited with the success of Indian classical music in Hindi commercial movies. As a musician, Dey is best known for infusing Indian classical music in a pop framework that ushered the golden period in Hindi cinema.

Early Life and Education

Manna Dey was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) to a middle-class family. His father, Purna Chandra Dey, was a renowned theater artist and singer, and his mother, Mahamaya Dey, was a housewife. Manna Dey showed a keen interest in music from a young age, and his father provided him with early training in classical music.

Manna Dey studied at Scottish Church College and graduated with a degree in Commerce. However, he continued to pursue his passion for music and received training in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.


Manna Dey’s career in music began in the 1940s when he started performing on the radio. In 1942, he made his debut as a playback singer in the film Tamanna. However, it was his performance in the 1950 film Afsar that brought him national recognition. The song “Upar Gagan Vishal” from the film became an instant hit and showcased Manna Dey’s versatility and range as a singer.

Over the years, Manna Dey became known for his ability to sing in a wide range of styles, including classical, semi-classical, and modern genres. He collaborated with many leading music directors, including Shankar-Jaikishan, Salil Chowdhury, R.D. Burman, and S.D. Burman, and lent his voice to some of the most iconic songs in Indian cinema.

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Awards Achived 

Manna Dey’s contribution to Indian music was recognized with several awards and honors throughout his career. He received the Padma Shri in 1971 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contribution to Indian music. He also won several National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer, including for the films Mere Huzoor (1968), Mera Naam Joker (1970), and Amar Prem (1972).

In 2011, Manna Dey was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award for contribution to Indian cinema. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988 and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association in 1999.

Also the list of his others awards is given below:

    • 1965 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award– Best Male Playback Award for Kanchan Jangha
    • 1966 Ramon Magsaysay Award
    • 1967 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award– Best Male Playback Award for Sankhyabela
    • 1968 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award– Best Male Playback Award for Antony Firingi
    • 1968 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singerfor the Hindi Film Mere Huzoor
    • 1969 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award– Best Male Playback Award (Hindi) for Mere Huzoor
    • 1970 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award– Best Male Playback Award for Chira Diner
    • 1971 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singerfor the Bengali film Nishi Padma and Hindi film Mera Naam Joker
    • 1972 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singerfor Mera Naam Joker
    • 1973 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award– Best Male Playback Award for Stree
    • 1979 Kalaimamani
    • 1983 Tulsi Sammanby Government of Madhya Pradesh
    • 1985 Ordr des Arts et des Lettres awarded by Government of France
    • 1985 Lata Mangeshkar Awardawarded by Government of Madhya Pradesh
    • 1988 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award– Best Male Playback Award for Lalan Fakir
    • 1988 Michale Sahittyo Puraskar awarded by Renaissance Sanskritik Parishad, Dhaka
    • 1990 Shyamal MitraAward 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
    • 1994 Fukuoka Prizeby Government of Japan
    • 1995Kalidas SammanbyGovernment of Madhya Pradesh
    • 1999 Kamala Devi Roy Award by Kamala Devi Group
    • 1999 Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievementby Zee Group
    • 2001 Anandalok Lifetime Awardby theAnandabazar Group
    • 2002 Special Jury Swaralaya Yesudas Awardfor 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 Lata Mangeshkar Awardby Government of Maharashtra
    • 2005 Padma Bhushanby the Government of India
    • 2007 First Akshaya Mohanty Award by Government of Orissa
    • 2007 Awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Awardby the Government of India
    • 2008 Hony D. Lit Award by Jadavpur University
    • 2011 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
    • 2011 Banga-Vibhushanby Government of West Bengal
    • 2012 Annanyo Sammangiven by 24 Ghanta TV channel for his lifetime achievement.
    • 2013 Conferred with Sangeet Maha Sammanby Government of West Bengal.
    • 2013 Deshikottama by Visva-Bharati(posthumously).
    • 2015 Honorary D.Litt. by University of Cambridge(posthumously).
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    Populer songs of Manna Dey


    Manna Dey has sung many popular songs in his career. Here are some of his most popular songs include:

    1. “Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua” from the film Shree 420 (1955)
    2. “Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi” from the film Chori Chori (1956)
    3. “Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni Mein” from the film Chori Chori (1956)
    4. “Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen” from the film Waqt (1965)
    5. “Laga Chunari Mein Daag” from the film Dil Hi Toh Hai (1963)
    6. “Yeh Dosti” from the film Sholay (1975)
    7. “Ek Chatur Naar” from the film Padosan (1968)
    8. “Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli” from the film Anand (1971)
    9. “Tere Bina Zindagi Se” from the film Aandhi (1975)
    10. “Yaari Hai Imaan Mera” from the film Zanjeer (1973)



    Manna Dey passed away on October 24, 2013, at the age of 94 in Bangalore. He had been suffering from a respiratory illness for several months before his death.

                    Manna Dey’s contribution to Indian music cannot be overstated. He was a gifted singer and a true artist who dedicated his life to his craft. His versatility, range, and ability to infuse emotion into his songs made him a beloved figure in Indian cinema. His legacy continues to inspire generations of musicians and music lovers, and his songs remain popular even today.

    Manna Dey’s music transcended language and cultural barriers and touched the hearts of people across India and the world. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest voices of Indian cinema and a true legend in the world of music.

    In conclusion, Manna Dey’s life and career serve as an inspiration to aspiring singers and musicians. His dedication to his craft, his versatility, and his contribution to Indian music have left an indelible mark on the industry. Even though he is no longer with us, his music lives on and will continue to be celebrated for generations to come.


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