Singer Manna Dey Biography: Today we are talking about the famous singer Manna Dey of India, whom we also call Manna Da with love. He was a playback singer of the Indian Films world. His real name was Prabodh Chandra Dey. He started his film career from the year 1942. He has lent his voice in 3000 songs from the years 1942 to 2013. He has lent his voice in Hindi, Bengali and some other languages and has recorded many songs.
Biography of Manna Dey
Full Name – Prabodh Chandra Dey
aka Name – Manna Dey
Birth – 1 May 1919, Kolkata, (West Bengal)
Death – 24 October 2013, Bangalore, India (94) years of age
Profession – Playback Singer
Marriage – Sulochana Kumaran (18 December) 1953) Kerala (India)
Children – Two daughters
active year – Honors from 1919 to 2013
– The Government of India has awarded the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2007.
Early life of Manna Dey:
Prabodh Chandra Dey (Manna Dey) was born in West Bengal. He completed her early education from Kolkata and then enrolled in the Scottish College. During college, he used to participate in wrestling and boxing. Manna Dey’s father wanted to make him a lawyer, due to which he wrote his name in Vidyasagar College.
Football is the most played sport in Bengal and he was also very fond of playing football. After that he also started coming in the field of music. They used to think that in which field should they go, in the field of music or lawyer. Manna Dey’s uncle was also a singer . Then he started leaning towards music like an uncle inside him.
Manna Dey’s uncle’s name was Krishna Chandra Dey. From that, he decided that he too would become a singer. He came to Mumbai to fulfill his music dreams and started living in Juhu area of Mumbai.
Manna Dey’s personal life:
Manna Dey was married on 18 December 1953 to Sulochana Kumaran, a resident of Kerala (India). They had 2 children (two daughters) Shuroma and Sumita from this marriage. Manna Dey’s wife died on 18 January 2012 in Bangalore India due to cancer. He lived in Mumbai for 50 years and moved to Bangalore after that and he breathed his last in this city.
Acting by Manna De:
Manna Dey’s passion for Bengalis has always been and will remain. This incident is a small example of how the legendary artist influenced the Bengali mind. Speaking of the very beginning of the Millennium. Even then, the private entertainment channels were not so popular in the world of Bengali entertainment, even then the viewers regularly watch various Doordarshan programs irrespective of the city and village. A tele-drama was made in that television show paying homage to the legendary artist. And there Manna Dey herself played heh role.
Actor Kaushik Bhattacharya told the story of that teledrama to Indian Express Bangla. This telefilm is about the very beginning of my acting life and a memorable experience. As far as I remember, it was 2001. I myself am a fan of Manna Dey. I never thought I would stand next to him and give him a shot, ”said Kaushik.
The story of the telefilm was like this – a family of Manna Dey fans is eager to marry a girl. The girl’s father is such a fan that there is a house in the house which is decorated with pictures of Manna Dey. He does not miss any of the legendary artists’ festivals. So for the marriage of the daughter, the family is looking for those who are equally fascinated.
It became very difficult to find such a family. The girl who first came to see the pot was rejected because she had not heard Manna Dey’s name. Finally comes a pot and his father, who are similarly excited about Manna Dey. As word of the marriage was almost ripe, one of the girl’s family said that Manna Dey was known to the girl’s father personally.
On hearing this, the father of the potter insisted that there was no need for any debt. If the legendary artist himself comes to the wedding and blesses the bride and groom, then he will marry the boy to this girl. In order not to lose the pot, the potter is told that Manna Dey must come. After that the anxiety started. It is known that the artist went on a foreign tour then and it is not known when he will return.
The girl’s father came to the artist’s house with a letter stating everything. On the wedding day, the bridegroom comes and finds out that Manna Dey will not come, because he is not familiar with the family. The couple lied and said that the boy’s father wanted to break up the marriage out of anger. Attempts are even made to take the groom away in a chandelier. And then Manna Dey’s car stopped in front of the gate. The legendary artist calms the potter. Marriage is consummated. Manna Dey fans of the bride and groom and two families standing on either side of the artist were caught in the fridge frame.
It is not known whether such a beautiful ‘fan fiction’ has been created in Bengali television. The name of the tele movie was ‘Crazy for you’. Named after Manna Dey’s famous song Kali. Everyone who was in this telefilm unit later gained a great reputation in the world of Bengali entertainment. Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha were in the role of directors. The screenplay was written by Snehashis Chakraborty, a well-known producer-director of Bengali television, who later founded his production company ‘Blues’.
He was also the music director of this telefilm. In this context, the producer of Smriti Medur said that Manna Dey also sang in that TV movie. The Chief Assistant Director was Rajiv Kumar, who is now the Director of Bengali Mainstream Films. One of the assistants was Sushant Das, who is now a leading producer and producer of ‘Krishnakali’ in Bengali television. Kharaj Mukherjee played various roles in the telefilm, The late Biplobketan Chakraborty, Paran Bandyopadhyay, Shantilal Mukherjee and other prominent actors in the world of Bengali entertainment. Kaushik Bhattacharya played the role of the groom.
That telefilm is one of the best experiences of my acting life. Such a beautiful, graceful work. Legends like Manna Dey are seen so closely on him. He is not an actor, but his shots were one take ok. In the last scene, this picture of me standing right next to him in the fridge frame is my lifelong asset, ”said Kaushik.
Some memorable moments of Manna Dey:
In the year 1943, he got a chance to sing with Suraiya as a playback singer in the film Tamanna . The memorable thing was that the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, had also seen this film . He did not only sing the words, but by his singing he used to bring out the emotion behind the words beautifully. Perhaps this is the reason that the great poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan chose him to give voice to his immortal masterpiece Madhushala.
The song “Tere Bina Chand Ye Chandni” was sung by Manna Dey in the film Awara. After this, he started getting an opportunity to sing in big banner films like “Pyaar Hua Iqrar Hua”, this film was Shree 420.
After that, he gave his voice in many successful songs like “Yeh raat bheegi-bheegi” and “Jahan main jaise hoon chale aate ho”, “Gud-Gud ke na dekh Gud-Gud ke”, sung in the movie Chori-Chori. . He was fond of singing the toughest songs. The songs sung by him were very popular among the people, which are as follows.
1. लागा चुनरी में दाग, छुपाऊँ कैसे
2. पूछो न कैसे मैंने रैन बितायी
3. सुर न सजे, क्या गाऊं मै
4. ये रात भीगी-भीगी, ये मस्त नजारे
5. तुझे सूरज कहूँ या चंदा, तुझे दीप कहूँ या तारा या तू प्यार का सागर हैं तेरी इक बूंद के प्यासे हम
6. चतुर नार बड़ी होशियार
7. यारी हैं ईमान मेरी यार मेरी जिंदगी
8. प्यार हुआ इकरार हुआ
9. हे मेरी जोहरा जबी
10. हे मेरे प्यारे वतन
His songs are still on the tongue of the people. At that time, if a filmmaker had to sing a song in his film, then he used to sign Manna Dey. He used to say that I can never joke with music.
“We all still call him by the name of Manna da. He has no linen in classical singing ”…………. Mahendra Kapoor
Honor to Manna Dey:
He was also honored with the Filmfare Award for Best Singer in 1969 for the film “Mere Hujur”, for his performance in the Bengali film Nishi Padma in 1971 and for his singing “Mera Naam Joker” in 1970. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri in 1971 and the Padma Bhushan in the year 2005 for his matchless contribution.
Subsequently, in 2004, Ravindra Bharti University awarded him an honorary degree of D Lit and in 2007, he was awarded the ” Dadasaheb Phalke ” award by the Indian Hindi Film Industry .
Death of Manna Dey:
Manna Dey was admitted to a hospital in Bangalore after a sign infection on 8 June 2013 and on 9 June 2013, he suddenly worsened his health and died on 24 October 2013 in the morning. His daughter and son-in-law were present at his last time.
Autobiography on Manna Day:
Manna Dey was a playback singer and he wrote an autobiography in Bengali language. After that his autobiography was printed in other languages.
Today, even though he is not in our midst, we still remember the contribution made to his music. Such great figures are rarely seen and we are proud that they were born in our country.
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