Manna Dey was born on May 1, 1919 in Calcutta, British India. His father’s name was Purna Chandra Dey and his mother was Mahamaya Dey. From childhood, Manna De showed a passion for music and was encouraged and inspired by her uncle Krishna Chandra Dey, who was a renowned music teacher.
Manna Dey was sent to the Scottish Church Collegiate School and later to Scottish Church College to complete her pre-university and academic studies. He graduated from Vidyasagar College. Manna has always shown a passion for sports and has excelled in sporting events such as boxing and wrestling.
Manna Dey was a lovely person and her contemporaries swear that she was one of the most sociable people in the studio, joking and joking. This is a rare feature among musicians.
Manna Dey showed her talent for singing in the early days of school when she won tables and sang to entertain her classmates. Then he received proper training in music from his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey and also from Ustad Dabir Khan.
Manna Dey was the first time in three consecutive years in three different groups of inter-university singing competitions. After graduation, Manna De worked as an assistant music director with her uncle and later with S. D. Burman in 1942.
After helping many music directors, he finally began to work independently. Manna Dey has never stopped receiving regular classical music education from famous singers and their teachers Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.
Manna Dey’s career as a singer began in 1943 with the film Tamanna. Her uncle Krishna Chandra Dey composed the music and was brought together with the famous Suraiya to sing this wonderful duet. The whole nation loved this song and Manna Dey became a household name.
In 1950 he receives his second film “Mashaal”, in which he sings a solo song called “Upar Gagan Vishal”, which is another success. DAKOTA DEL SUR. Burman composed the music for this song. In 1952 he lent his voice to the film “Amar Bhupali”, which was simultaneously produced in two languages. He sang in both Bengali and Marathi and established himself as the best Bengali singer.
Manna Dey was a very versatile singer and there was no singer who could mimic the versatility of Manna Dey. He could easily sing the big hits of legends like Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, but no one could sing the songs that Manna Dey sang in his unique technical style.
The great Mohammed Rafi once said that although people listen to their songs, they only listen to Manna Dey’s songs. It was perhaps one of the best prizes a singer could receive from another talented singer. Manna Dey is undoubtedly the best-trained singer in the industry.
Manna Dey has teamed up with great singers like Bhimsen Joshi and sang a legendary song known as “Ketaki Gulab Juhi”. With Kishore Kumar, he sang a completely different genre of songs like “Yeh Dosti” (Sholay) and “Ek Chatur Naar” (Padosan). Both songs were much appreciated and appreciated by all.
Manna Dey breathed the melody of classical music into pop music. In the Bengali film industry, he has collaborated with famous musicians such as the legendary Hemant Kumar. After his legendary duet with Lata Mangeshkar, known as “Ke Prothom Kachhe Esechi”, he established himself in the mainstream of Bengali music. It belongs to the legends of the singers of the reproduction. It is his versatility that has made him a hit with classical and modern Hindi music.
This talented singer has sung thousands of songs in many different languages and given theatrical performances all over the world. As a true artist, he never stops hypnotizing his audience and the people who attend his concerts are just waiting to get more.
He received awards such as the Indian singer Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan from the Indian government. After more than 50 years in Mumbai, he now lives in Bangalore, traveling around the world at the age of 86 and performing. Manna Dey is a living legend and continues to inspire young talents and musicians.