Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Manna Dey’s ageless appeal

Manna Dey's death has left a void none can fill.

Manna Dey’s music transcended trends and linguistic barriers. His life ended yesterday. His death at 94 leaves a void no one can fill.

Born as Probodh Chandra Dey to Bengali parents in Kolkata in 1919, he performed as Manna Dey. He made his recorded music debut in the 1943 film Tamanna.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Dey’s voice was rarely associated with a hero, his name seldom did the rounds at a music director’s lobby. His voice alone did all the magic as he endeared himself to fans across generations. No wonder in a country with so many popular singers, Dey managed to steal the hearts of one and all.

Such was his appeal that even Mohammed Rafi, one of the legends of Hindi recorded music, once famously acknowledge to his fans: “You listen to my songs and I listen to Manna Dey.”

Credited with introducing a new genre by fusing Indian classical music and pop, he came to represent a golden age of Hindi cinema. He ranked among the all-time greats, the last of whom – Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle – he has left behind. As we mourn Dey, we inevitably mourn the passing of the golden era of Indian cinema.

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Supporters of unseen India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi. Sanjay Kanojia / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world April 24

The National View's photo editors pick the best of the day from around the world

 Sarah Geronimo. Courtesy: FLASH Entertainment

Sarah Geronimo brings her star power to Abu Dhabi this weekend

Ahead of her Abu Dhabi concert on Thursday night, we take a look at the Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo’s extraordinary career.

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Iranian workers at the Iran Khodro auto plant in Tehran on March 18. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

Iran’s love of cars survives devastating sanctions

Sanctions and energy subsidy reductions might have hurt the Iranian automotive industry. But car makers at one factory are still optimistic, Yeganeh Salehi reports from Tehran

 This comparison image shown on Reddit annotated the objects with vehicles from the movies.

Disney confirms that Star Wars: Episode 7 is filming in Abu Dhabi desert

Disney yesterday confirmed that the filming of Star Wars: Episode 7 is taking place in the desert in Abu Dhabi.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National