Today’s morning brought with it the sad news of the demise of the legendary playback singer, Manna Dey. Dey passed away early, today morning at 3:50 am at a hospital in Bengaluru.
Dey was admitted at the Narayana Hrudayalaya five months ago for respiratory problems. A senior doctor said, “He passed away today due to cardiac arrest. He was on ventilator support for some time.”
His daughter Shumita Deb and his son-in-law Jnanranjan Deb were by his side during the last few moments of his life. His son-in-law said, “We are saddened by his loss, but he died peacefully. His last rites will be performed later in the day,” his son-in-law said. Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee had also paid a visit to him earlier when was ill.
The extremely versatile musician has sung songs in several languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Magahdh, Punjabi, Maithilee, Konkani, Sindhri and Chattisgarghi. Manna Dey’s carrer began as a playback singer in the film, ‘Tamanna’ in 1942. Till date he has recorded more than 4000 songs.
The 94 year old Dey’s career from 1953-1976 is addressed as the ‘Golden Period’ of his career. The legendary musician has been honored by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.
Manna Dey’s body will be kept for public viewing at Ravindra Kala Kshetra.