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Biography of Manna Dey

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Padmabhusan Manna Dey was a legendry figure in Indian music. His fame is not restricted to the Indian domain only but has over flown to every part of the globe, where an Indian heart resides.

In fact his is not merely a name that is deified everywhere, rather it creates a ripple of mixed feeling of love and worship whenever cited. People venerate him not only for his musical bearing but because he epitomizes a wonderful combination of melody and poetry. His stance in Indian music vindicates the axiom – the art outlives the artist.

Manna Dey

Born on 1st of May 1919, Manna Dey was christened by his parents as Probodh Chandra Dey. Theirs was an orthodox joint family of North Calcutta, residing in the huge ancestral house at Simla, 9 Madan Ghose Lane. Prior to Manna Dey another brilliant artist of similar stature Krishna Chandra Dey too was born in this very house. Purna Chandra Dey was Manna Dey’s father and Mahamaya Dey was his mother. Apart from them there

was this legendry youngest paternal uncle Sangeetacharya Krishna Chandra Dey residing in the same house, who both loved and pampered little Mana. He received his early education, in a small pre-primary school popularly known as Indu Babur Pathshala. Thereafter he was sent to Scottish Church Collegiate School to complete both his schooling and intermediate studies. He next got admitted to Vidyasagar College for his graduations. From very childhood Manna Dey manifested a keen liking for sports events like wrestling and boxing and excelled in both. Apart from sports Manna Dey was also renowned for playing pranks upon people. His contemporaries readily acknowledged him as their leader in this field.

It was during his intermediate classes at Scottish Church College, Manna Dey’s singing talent became apparent. During the recess beating the tables of the classroom and singing aloud to entertain his compatriots, became a common feature for the budding talent. Later he started taking singing lessons from his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey and from Ustad Dabir Khan. And it was at this period of time Manna Dey stood first for three consecutive years in three different categories of inter-collegiate singing competitions. A star in the realm of Indian music was born.

In 1942, Manna Dey accompanied his renowned uncle Krishna Chandra Dey on a visit to Mumbai. And there first under the tutelage of his uncle, then Sachin Dev Burman, Manna Dey started working as a successful assistant music director. Later he also assisted other famous music composers for some time and then decided to work independently. But even while working separately as a music director for different successful Hindi films Manna Dey never stopped taking musical lessons in Hindustani Classical music from two classical stalwarts, Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.

Manna Dey started his career in playback singing with the film Tamanna in 1943. The musical score was set by his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey and he had to sing a duet with Suraiya. The song was an instant hit. People across the country loved the song. In 1950, Mashal was the second film where Manna Dey got the opportunity to sing a solo ‘Upar gagan vishal’ and this time the melody was created by Sachin Dev Burman. In 1952, Manna Dey sang both for a Bengali and a Marathi film of the same name and storyline – Amar Bhupali, and established himself as a booming Bengali playback singer.

It was on the 18th December 1953, Manna Dey married Sulochana Kumaran from Kerala. Suroma the eldest daughter of this eminent couple was born on 19th October 1956, and on 20th June 1958, Sumita followed.

Versatile genius that he is Manna Dey is adept at singing Rabindra Sangeet as well. In fact it’ll not be wrong to claim that it was he who pioneered a new genre in Indian music where he infused Indian classical music within a pop frame work. His experimentation with western music too produced many unforgettable melodies. Till date there is no Indian language which has not been blessed by the melody of this multitalented singer. He has also recorded more than 3500 songs. His music has enthralled the audience throughout the world. And justifiably he has been showered with innumerable awards and titles like the National singer, Padmasree, and Padmabhusan

A short list of awards & honour received by him from time to time is given chronologically.

YearAwardsRemarks
   
1970National Award as Playback singerNational Award as Playback singer for the Bengali film Nishi Padmo
   
1970National Film AwardBest Male Playback Singer for the Hindi film \"Mere Huzoor\"
   
1971National Award as Playback singerFor the Hindi Film Mera Naam Joker
   
1971Padmasree AwardGovt. of India
   
1985Lata Mangeskar AwardAwarded by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
   
1988Michale Sahittyo PuraskarAwarded by Renaissance Sanskritik Parishad, Dacca
   
1990Shyamal Mitra AwardMithun Fans Association
   
1991Sangeet Swarnachurr AwardAwarded by Shree Khetra Kala Prakashika, Puri
   
1993P.C.Chandra AwardP.C.Chandra Group & others
   
1999Kamala Devi Roy AwardKamala Devi Group
   
2001Anandalok AwardAnandabazar Group
   
2002Yesudas AwardSpecial Jury award for outstanding performance in music
   
2003Alauddin Khan AwardGovt. of West Bengal
   
2004National Award as Playback singerGovt. of Kerala
   
2004D. Lit HonourRabindra Bharati University
   
2005Life Time Achievement awardGovt. of Maharastra
   
2005Padmabhusan AwardGovt. of India
   
2007First Akkshaya Mohanty AwardGovt. of Orissa
   
2007Dadasaheb Phalke AwardGovt. of India
   
2008D.Lit AwardHony D.Lit Award from Jadavpur University
   
2010Sera Bangali AwardSera Bangali Award given by E TV
   
2011Lifetime Achievement AwardAward given by Filmfare
   
2011Bongo Bibhusan AwardAward given by Govt. of West Bengal
   
2012Annanyo SammanThe Annanyo Samman given by 24 Ghanta TV channel to Sri Manna Dey for his lifetime achievement

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