Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:30:00 GMT | By IANS, The Hindu Business Line

Manna Dey passes away

India's legendary playback singer Manna Dey passed away early Thursday after a prolonged illness at a private hospital in Bangalore. He was 94.

Manna Dey (© Getty Images)

"Mannada breathed his last around 4 a.m. after his condition suddenly deteriorated in the wee hours though he was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit," Narayana Hospital spokesman K.S.Vasuki told IANS here.

The multi-lingual singer, who has been ailing for four months, leaves behind two daughters -- Rama and Sumita.

"Dey's eldest daughter (Rama) rushed to the hospital and was at his bedside when the end came after we alerted her about her father's deteriorating condition," Vasuki said.

According to Dey's family sources, Sumita lives in the US.

Dey's wife Sulochana Kumaran passed away here in January 2012 due to cancer.

Dey was admitted to the super specialty hospital in early July after he complained of lung infection and was undergoing treatment for respiratory disease.

"Dey's body will be kept at Ravindra Kalkshetra in the city centre from 10am to 12noon for the public to pay their last respects and homage," a family friend said.

The family plans to perform Dey's last rites at Hebbal crematorium in northwest of the city by Thursday evening.

News of Dey's passing away shocked thousands of his fans, especially the music industry and the million-strong Bengali community in this tech hub.

Dey was in the same hospital for about 20 days in May a week after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee honoured him on May 1 with Bengal's Vishesh Maha Sangeet Samman award in recognition of his service to the world of music and the film industry for over seven decades.

Born as Prabodh Chandra Dey (born 1 May 1919) in Kolkata, he was better known by his nickname Manna. He has recorded over 3500 songs in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali over the course of his career.

Along with Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh, he dominated Indian film playback music between the 1950s and 1970s.

With Lata Mangeshkar, Manna recorded 113 duets including all time hits like "Yeh raat bhigi bhigi","Pyar hua iqrar hua", "Aja sanam madhur chandni mein hum", "Ritu aye". He sang a duet, "Ke Prothom Kachhe Esechi", with Lata Mangeshkar in the movie 'Sankhyabela'.

With Asha Bhosle, Manna recorded more than 100 duets including "Re man sur me ga", "Tu chupi hai kahan", "Zindegi hai khel", etc.

Dey also sang with singer/composer, Hemant Kumar (Hemanta Mukherjee), in Bengali movies, and also for some other Bengali composers like Nachiketa Ghosh and Sudhin Dasgupta.

Some of Manna Dey's all time solo hits include "Zindagi kaisi hain pehli janam" (Anand), "Pucho na kaise maine rain betayi", "O meri zohra zabin", "Aye mere pyare watan", among others.

His Bengali solo hits include the likes of "Ami je jalshaghar e..."; "Ke tumi Nandini" and "Coffee House er adda ta ar nei..." among others.

In 1942, Dey accompanied his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey on a visit to Bombay. Dey started his career in playback singing with the movie 'Tamanna' in 1943.

Dey has been honored with various titles including the Padmshree and Padma Bhushan. In 2009, he was honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke award.

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