Manna Dey-the classical titan
Manna Dey-The Classical Titan. When I conveyed the sad news of demise of Manna Dey on October 24, 2013 to one of my friends who is also an enthusiast...
When I conveyed the sad news of demise of Manna Dey on October 24, 2013 to one of my friends who is also an enthusiast of Hindi film music, asked me whether he was still alive. That is how people react when an artiste lives a full life of 94 years as Manna Dey.
The fact that this indomitable performer is the sole survivor after the singing giants like Mohd Rafi, Mukesh, Thalath Mahmood, Hemanth Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Mahendra Kapoor left this world long long ago. With the demise of Manna Dey, the golden period of Hindi film music of 1950s, 60s and 70s comes to an end.
Manna Dey (Praboth Chandra Dey in real life) was born on May 1, 1919 at Kolkata in a big joint family where 30 people were living under one roof. His uncle was an engineer who carried the responsibility of the family wanted Manna Dey to become a lawyer. But Manna Dey had already made up his mind to become a singer as music was his first love. He lived in an atmosphere drenched in music. All the stalwarts of classical music of that era would visit their home very often. K C Dey (Krishna Chandra Dey), the great classical singer was his uncle. K C Dey was an extremely popular film musician. He composed music for films and also a play back singer. He made it a point to present all the richness of classical music in the form that was accessible and enjoyable to the common man.