Summarising Manna Dey’s musical journey of 94 years in a few words is as difficult as wrapping the sky in a two-feet-by-two-feet box.
Where do we begin, to tell the tale of this legendary musical journey and of how melodious it can be...
Born on May 1, 1919 into an illustrious musical family, his talent found stage and by the age of 10; so his journey began. Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Banga Vibhushan and Bishesh Maha Sangeet Samman - to name just a few of the accolades that came his way. He received the National award twice and also the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award.
It is strange how nostalgia and Manna Dey’s voice walk hand in hand for most of us. Strange, because he was one of the most modern singers of all times, constantly reinventing himself, wearing different masks. In the world of Hindi cinema, Manna Dey was the enigmatic chameleon who never really could be pinned down to one specific genre. Manna Dey was gifted with a voice that could speak music - a voice that will continue to echo long after he has left us all. Manna Dey has over 3,500 songs to his credit. He has recorded songs in 14 different languages.
As a tribute to the legend, Team M3.tv presents a crowd-sourced list of immortal “hit” songs by Manna Dey.
His immortal gems in Hindi
Aye mere pyare watan – remains the most popular patriotic song ever since it was recorded 50+yrs ago.
It is difficult to say goodbye; even more difficult to let go. But if we have to, we choose to do it with a song of Manna Dey that has been riding the popularity charts ever since it was first released.
Kothaye hariye gelo Manna Da kintu “hridoye lekha naam, shey naam roye jabe”
Team M3.tv is grateful to Subodh Khanna for sharing his favourite songs and thoughts on Manna Dey with us.
I'm feeling very sad. Manna Dey was mine as well as my mother's favourite singer. But, each one of us have to move one, and he's had a life full of music.
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