Manna Dey Biography

Manna Dey

Prabodh Chandra Dey (1 May 1919–24 October 2013), better known by his nickname Manna Dey, was a playback singer in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Assamese films. He has also sung songs in the Indian languages of Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Magahdh, Punjabi, Maithilee, Konkani, Sindhri and Chattisgarghi. He made his debut as a playback singer in the film Tamanna in 1942. He has recorded more than 4000 songs from 1942-2013. His peak period, in Hindi playback singing, is considered to be from 1953-1976. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.

On 8 June 2013 he was admitted to the ICU in a Bengaluru hospital after a chest infection gave rise to other complications. On 9 June 2013 there were reports of his death, but the doctors put the rumours to rest by confirming that he was still alive and his situation was stable but critical, as the infection had led to other complications.[3] On 9 July 2013, it was reported that his health was recovering and that doctors took him off ventilator support on the afternoon of 5 July.

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