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Playlist: Best of Manna Dey

Playlist: Best of Manna Dey

With more than 3500 songs to his credit, Manna Dey represents the golden era of Hindi film songs.

New Delhi: Born on May 1, 1919, Prabodh Chandra Dey, popularly known as Manna Dey, is a highly acclaimed singer in several languages including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, and Malayalam.

With more than 3500 songs to his credit, Manna Dey represents the golden era of Hindi film songs. He along with Mohammad Rafi, Kishor Kumar and Mukesh made Hindi film songs an integral part of a common Indian audience's life.

The Indian government also recognised Manna Dey's contribution towards the Indian music and thus awarded him with Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.

Known for his grip on Indian classical music, Manna Dey has given some of the immortal songs to the lovers of Hindi film music.

His meaningful songs in films such as 'Teesri Kasam', 'Upkaar', 'Love in Tokyo', and 'Anand' give the listeners a hope to achieve the desired goals in life.

Manna Dey's musical clash with another legend Kishor Kumar in 'Padosan' produced a song which is still treated as one of the finest songs of the Hindi films. 'Ek chatur naar' shows the range and the level of energy, Manna Dey used to infuse in his songs.

We wish Manna Dey a great birthday and hope we get more splendid songs from him in future.####

first published:May 01, 2012, 17:08 IST