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Post by slmu on 2013-10-24, 12:29

Unmatched musical genius Manna Dey passes away


Manna Dey, who gave us innumerable heart rendering songs, breathed his last at 3.50 am this morning at a hospital at Bangalore. He died of a cardiac arrest, he was 94. While one of his two daughters is based in America, the other daughter and her husband were beside him when he breathed his last.
Manna Dey married Sulochana Kumaran from Kerala in 1953 and they have two daughters Shuroma and Sumita.
Having started his singing journey in way back in 1942 in Phani Majumdar’s Tamanna, this Padma Shri (1971) Padma Bhushan (2005) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2007) winner had the distinction of recording more than 4000 songs mainly in Hindi and Bengali in his illustrious career.
Having come on a visit to Bombay in 1942 with his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey (K C Dey), Dey started working as an assistant music director first under his uncle and then under Sachin Dev Burman. Later, he assisted other music composers and then started to work independently.
While working independently as a music director for various Hindi movies, Manna Dey continued to take musical lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.
In between in the same year (1942), his nephew K C Dey gave him a break when he sang a duet Jago Aayee Usha Ponchi Boley Jago along with Suraiya. This song turned an instant hit and then there was no looking back for Dey.
In the post independence period, after 1947, Dey’s services were used regularly by music composers Anil Biswas, Shankar Rao Vyas, S.K.Pal, S.D.Burman, Khem Chand Prakash and Mohd.Safi.
Later between 1948-1954, Dey established his versatility by singing not only the classical-based film songs and also crooning such film songs which were fusion of Indian classical music and pop music and by giving classical music concerts.
In 1953, Dey became nationally famous after the release of Do Bigha Zamin in in which he sang two songs under the music direction of Salil Choudhury. So much did Salilda like his work that he worked with Dey right from 1953 to 1992 in Hindi films and made Dey sing even in Bengali and Malayalam films.
Dey’s association with Shankar-Jaikishan and producer Raj Kapoor, that beganfrom Awara, continued with Boot Polish in 1954, Shree 420, Chori Chori and Mera Naam Joker among many others.
A genius of sorts as far as classical songs were concerned, Dey later spread his wings working with musicians like C. Ramchandra, Suresh Talwar, A.R.Quereshi and Anil Biswas who were dishing out music in that period.
Later, he worked extensively with other music directors like Naushad, K.Dutta, Vasant Pawar, Vasant Desai, Ravi, S.K.Pal, Avinash Vyas, S. N. Tripathi, Sanmukh Babu, Nissar Bazmi, Husanlal Bhagatram, B.N. Bali, Sushanta Banerjee, O.P. Nayyar, G.Ramanathan, T.G.Lingappa, Nirmal Kumar, Ghulam Mohhammed, Bipin Dutta, Rabin Banerjee, Roshan, Sapan Jagmohan from 1954 to 1968.
Till then it so happened that Dey’s voice was only used for other characters and not the heroes, and that became his grouse for the noted singer. Then Raj Kapoor asked Dey to playback for him in Shree 420 (Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh), Chori Chori (Yeh Raat Bheegi, Jahan Main Jati and Aja Sanam), Parvarish (Masti bhara hai sama), Dil Hi To Hai (Laga chunari mein daag), Mera Naam Joker (Ae bhai zara dekh ke chalo).
Later when Jaikishan of the Shankar Jakishan duo expired in 1971, Kapoor used Dey’s voice in Ek Paon Chal Raha Hai in Kal Aaj Aur Kal the same year with music by R.D.Burman.
Panchamda also used the voice of this versatile singer and recorded hit songs with Manna Dey regularly from 1965 in films like Bhoot Bangla, Gomti Ke Kinare, Chandan Ka Palna, Baharon Ke Sapne, Padosan among many others.
Another versatile singer of those times was Kishore Kumar. And for a sort of news to music aficionados, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar recorded only 6 songs together till 1968. Among them were Tubhi Piya Chikara Hoon andTu Jaam Liye Jaa from Bewakoof, Babu Samjho Ishaare from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) all three composed by S.D.Burman and Baheta Pani Baheta Jaye from Dhaake Ke Malamaal composed by C.Ramachandra, Jiyo Jiyo Mere Lal composed by S.K.Pal in 1952 and their first duet together - Subaho Ki Paheli Kiran in 1951 from Anadholan. In1968 R.D.Burman brought them together for Ek Chatur Naar song in Padosan.
Not only with Kishore Kumar, Dey sang duets with singers like Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Talat Mahmood, Amit Kumar, Shailendra Singh, Krishna Kalle, Shardha Rajan Iyengar, Aarthi Mukherjee, Chandrani Mukherjee, Anuradha Pudwal, Hemlata, Minu Purushottom, Bhupinder Singh, K.J.Yesudas, Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamoorty, Alka Yagnik, Antara Chowdhury, Preeti Sagar, Dilraj Kaur, Yunus Fazmi, Jaspal Singh, Anwar, Manhar Udhas, Joginder and Mubarak Begum.
After 1992, Dey withdrew himself from Hindi film music citing lack of good quality of music and bad picturisation. But he continued to sing in Bengali movies, bhajans and ghazals in different languages and concentrated on giving live performances from 1992-2012. His last live performance was in 2012 in Mumbai.
Taking all his songs into account, Dey sang 611 songs in Bengali films, sung 356 Bengali non-film songs. He also sang 46 Rabindra Sangeet songs in Bengali, three Dwijendra Geet, 84 Shayam Sangeets, 35 film songs in Bhojpuri, 2 in Magadh and one song in Maithilee language. He also sang songs in Punjabi, Assameese, Oriya, Gujarati films and Marathi. In the South Indian languages he sang 2 songs in Kannada and an equal number in Malayalam.
Among the noted songs Dey sang were Puchho na kaise maine rain beetaiyee, Kasme Wade Pyaar wafa sab, Kaun aaya mere dilke dwaare, Laga chunri me daag, Sur na saje, Zindagi kaisi hai paheli among many others.
To summarise, the man who sang Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli has left the world without answering the same!!!

*TC

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Re: RIP Manna Dey

Post by slmu on 2013-10-24, 12:31

Everyone please post your favorite Manna Dey song.

Mine is this one 


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Post by pollyanna on 2013-10-24, 12:33

Rest in Peace Manna Dey!!!

You have left behind a beautiful and memorable legacy...

I love Pyar hua,Ikraar hua, Zindagi Kaisi hai Paheli, laga chunari mein daag, yeh raat bheegi bheegi...and above all...ae mere pyaare vatan, ae mere bichhade  chaman...which brings tears to my eyes everytime I listen to it....





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Re: RIP Manna Dey

Post by Shesherkobita on 2013-10-24, 20:12

Oh Shanthi .... My Hubwa will be crushed... One of our fav is the following... 


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Post by Shesherkobita on 2013-10-24, 20:25

This song we sing in the car .... Cause most of the time we are lost.... What awesome composition and an awesome singer..... He will always live in our heart.... 

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Re: RIP Manna Dey

Post by slmu on 2013-10-24, 20:28

Pals, Laaga Chunnari mein daag is one of my favorites too


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Post by slmu on 2013-10-24, 20:30

Sabi, not familiar with either of those because they are in Bengali obviously.. thanks so much, they are so beautiful.

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Post by Shesherkobita on 2013-10-24, 20:33

slmu wrote:Sabi, not familiar with either of those because they are in Bengali obviously.. thanks so much, they are so beautiful.
I guess AK  Sumana, Laddoo would all know these songs..."  Coffee house " is like an anthem for Bengalis... New generation sometimes don't know who sang it first since there are so many remixes made later... manna dey is a legend.... Tanks for this thread.

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Post by sameersaagar on 2013-10-24, 20:38

One of My Favourite Songs 

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Post by slmu on 2013-10-24, 20:39

Sameer, awesome song :)

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Post by sameersaagar on 2013-10-24, 20:40

Another One. We will have always the songs of Manna Dey playing in our Head, This will never be broken like the Dosti in the below mentioned song. 


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Post by slmu on 2013-10-24, 20:49

sameersaagar wrote:Another One. We will have always the songs of Manna Dey playing in our Head, This will never be broken like the Dosti in the below mentioned song. 

I didn't realize this was Manna Dey

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Post by sunshine99 on 2013-10-25, 12:05

A doyen from an era of the golden age of Bollywood music leaves us...Thank u for leaving us such beautiful melodies to cherish....RIP Manna Dey

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Post by SAYAN18 on 2013-10-26, 11:13

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/manna-dey-kolkatas-coffee-house-weeps-for-its-balladeer/430373-8-66.html


Manna Dey: Kolkata's Coffee House weeps for its balladeer IANS | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 11:13am IST ?
 There were the routine chat sessions around the tables, but in hushed tones. 
The waiters served customers in their usual sluggish manner, but seemed markedly slower.
 For Kolkata's famous intellectual hub Coffee House was in mourning at the passing away of Manna Dey who rendered the famous song that for generations has been regarded as its anthem. 
Thirty years back, Dey recorded 'Coffee Houser sei addata aaj ar nei' (The chat sessions at the Coffee House have faded away) capturing the 'golden late afternoons' spent by seven friends at the joint and the successes, frustrations, tragedies and disappointments which they experienced in their later lives. 
The song, which told the story of artist Nikhilesh, guitarist D'souza, journalist Moidul, wannabe poet Amol, has steeped with nostalgia generations of Kolkatans - who spent such golden moments of their youth and student lives in coffee houses with dreams of a new world order or a career of creativity, only to lose their way in the labyrinth of harsh reality.
 Thirty years back, Dey recorded 'Coffee Houser' capturing the 'golden late afternoons' spent by seven friends. 
"Today, truly the Coffee House chat sessions got over.
 Coffee House lost its soul. 
Not only me, but whoever ever visited Coffee House will realise this.
 "Coffee House will remain... so will remain the chat sessions, but the man who made them immortal is now no more," Suparnakanti Ghosh, who composed the song penned by Gouriprasanna Majumdar, told IANS. 
On Thursday, a portrait of Dey was put up inside the joint on College Street and garlanded, with the aroma of incense sticks filling the air.
 Some of the youths played the song on their mobile phones.
 At the entrance, a flex paid tributes to Dey. 
"Legendary singer Manna Dey is no more.
 He will never take part in the Coffee House chat sessions. 
On behalf of he Coffee House family, we pray for his soul to rest in peace".
 "Every time I hear the song, I remember my college friends. 
Some are doing well and some have gone away from this world.
 It is a beautiful song of remembrance. 
It gives me joy and sorrow," said a one-time regular Shaheed Ansar. 
Situated in the heart of Kolkata, opposite the Presidency College, the Indian Coffee House was commissioned in 1942 by the Indian Coffee Board. 
Rechristened 'Coffee House' in 1947, it emerged as the meeting place for poets, artistes, literati and people from the world of art and culture. 
In the 1950s and 1960s, many Left leaders held brain-storming sessions at the Coffee House, while the Maoists or Naxalites as they were called, held court in the late 1960s and 1970s trying to woo the best brains to their doctrine of an armed revolution. 
Animated discussions on sundry topics amid the smoke of infusion (black coffee) and baked fish, still mark the Coffee House.
 "Manna Dey is like a fixed asset of Coffee House.
 He and Coffee House are synonymous.
 The song is our anthem. 
Many foreign media houses have done story on Coffee House and they too have described the song as Coffee House anthem," said Dipankar Dasgupta, Coffee House administrative officer. "We have paid our tribute by garlanding his photo in the joint.
 We are also planning to organise a programme in his honour," said Dasgupta.
 He recalled Dey last visited the Coffee House in 2010. 
Several old timers at the Coffee House grieved. 
Said internationally famous filmmaker Mrinal Sen: "I had sat many a times at Coffee House and the song even today reminds me of my younger days. 
Why only me? The song is an anthem for every Kolkatan who has gone to Coffee House.
 It is a sad day for music, Kolkata, and may be the whole country." 
Echoed Communist Party of India-Marxist central committee member Md Salim.
 "Every time one hears the song, it makes you go back to those old days...
 This song is timeless. "I used to sit in Coffee House during my college days and now my son goes there. 
Today is a sad day. Coffee House er adda has lost its soul." Twitted actress Paoli Dam: "Coffee House er shei adda ta aaj aar nei... the legend passes away! Manna Dey...RIP." 











Read more at: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/manna-dey-kolkatas-coffee-house-weeps-for-its-balladeer/430373-8-66.html?utm_source=ref_article


The song has been posted by Shesherkobita, earlier in the thread.

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On a Serious Note for a song by Manna Dey




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Post by A.N.Jell_Zarina on 2013-10-26, 12:08

Dear god, take care of his soul...May his soul rest-in-peace...salute to his contribution to melody :-)

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Post by SAYAN18 on 2013-10-26, 12:10

sameersaagar wrote:On a Serious Note for a song by Manna Dey


Thanks Sameer.
It's from Avishkar by Basu Bhattacharya.
Proves the range of Manna Dey.
Realisation of a common married Indian.

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Post by slmu on 2013-10-26, 12:21

Thanks for the coffee house article AK. Didn't know it.

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Post by sameersaagar on 2013-10-26, 12:25

SAYAN18 wrote:
sameersaagar wrote:On a Serious Note for a song by Manna Dey

Thanks Sameer.
It's from Avishkar by Basu Bhattacharya.
Proves the range of Manna Dey.
Realisation of a common married Indian.
The Films, the Songs, The Singers & The Story belong to a era (50s, 60s, 70s & some parts of  80s) which will always remain memorable and cannot be replicated for us.

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Post by SAYAN18 on 2013-10-26, 12:26

sameersaagar wrote:
SAYAN18 wrote:
sameersaagar wrote:On a Serious Note for a song by Manna Dey

Thanks Sameer.
It's from Avishkar by Basu Bhattacharya.
Proves the range of Manna Dey.
Realisation of a common married Indian.
The Films, the Songs, The Singers & The Story belong to a era (50s, 60s, 70s & some parts of  80s) which will always remain memorable and cannot be replicated for us.
Very true.

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Post by zuzana on 2013-10-26, 13:35

OMG how come I missed this thread...
Grrrr Shanti Evil or Very Mad 

My absolutel fav is Aye meri zohra zabeen and Yeh raat beegi beegi which sameer and shanti have posted..so here is one more which I love which is a duet with Lata




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Post by SAYAN18 on 2013-10-26, 13:59

Kollywood pays tribute to Manna Dey
By Rinku Gupta - CHENNAI
Published: 26th October 2013 12:28 PM
Last Updated: 26th October 2013 12:30 PM

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  • Manna Dey.
VIJAY ANTONY  music director
The passing of Manna Dey is end of an era. Talent like his, was a gift of god. The purity of his voice, without any trappings of modern digital technology, is an inimitable inspiration for young musicians of today. May his soul rest in peace.
RAHUL NAMBIAR singer
This year has seen too many South Indian legends pass away. Now Manna Dey sir, who is a legend, has bid us farewell. With my initial years spent in New Delhi, my music was completely influenced by Hindi songs, both old and new. Manna Dey sir had stamped his authority on Bollywood for so many years that there are too many songs to quote! Ek Chatur Naar, his song from Padosan, with a funny take on South Indian style of singing in Hindi, was a hit. That was mainly because of his versatile rendition of it. In the end, he bids us goodbye, but his music will remain forever!
GAUTHAM VASUDEV MENON  director
Manna Dey was one of my favourite singers. I met him once on an aircraft, five years ago. It was in a Chennai –Mumbai flight. He was so unassuming! Nobody recognised him. I indicated who he was to my colleagues and went up and said ‘hello’. For me, to hear him, was to hear a voice from within oneself. His voice was laced with honey, yet it was so manly. Every song he’s sung, stands out because of that inimitable voice. I can’t forget his songs —  Zindagi, kaisi has paheli Haay, Kabhi to hansaaye, kabhi ye rulaaye. Another one of my favourites is Aye meri zohrajabeen.
VIJAY YESUDAS  singer
I had the pleasure of meeting the great Manna Dey sir a long time ago in Kolkata. Much later, in Kerala, I had the wonderful honour of just standing on the same stage with him. The songs he has sung will linger for generations to come and one can only be grateful that he lived a wonderful life, filled with music and happiness till 94.
KRISH singer
Manna Dey was a renowned playback singer but he was also one of the most beautiful music directors that India has given to the world. He made many great singers during the time that he composed music. He will surely be missed by all of us.
SUNDAR C BABU music director
Some people make music for ears, but Manna Dey’s music is for hearts and souls of all his fans. And it will live on for many more years to come. For the kind of musician that he was, his music will live forever.
M GHIBRAN  music director
There are no words to describe the loss of a national icon like Shri Manna Dey. He has been a true ambassador of Indian music. He will always be remembered through his music. May he rest in peace and may god give strength to all his family members to overcome the big loss.
CHINMAYI singer
Manna Dey was a saga of a spectacular blend of classicism in film music. His passing on has left us with an eternal loss

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