17 Soulful Songs of Manna Dey

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7:24 am 24 Oct, 2013

Manna Dey, the last of ‘The Five Galaxies’ of Indian playback singing, departed for his heavenly abode on October 24, 2013. He was 94. Born Prabodh Chandra Dey on May 1, 1919, Manna Dey debuted in Hindi film Tamanna in 1942 and never looked back since. Honoured with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Manna Dey sang more than 3000 songs in various languages but is best known for songs in Hindi and those sung in his mother tongue Bengali. A contemporary of Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi and Hemanta Kumar, Manna Dey carved his own space through his flawless rendition of classical compositions. Together with the other four, Dey formed what we call ‘The Five Galaxies’. With a very heavy heart, we present a list of a few chosen Hindi songs sung by Manna Dey. Since all his songs were best in themselves, this list deviates from our standard top-ten order.


Aao Twist Karein


Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo


Ae Mere Pyare Watan


Ae Meri Zohara Zabien


Chalat Musafir


Hum kale hain to kya hua dilwale hai


Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje


Kaise Samjhaun


Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa Sab


Laaga Chunri Mein Daag


Pucho Na Kaise Rain Bitayi


Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua


Tujhe Suraj Kahon Ya Chanda


Tu Pyar Ka Saagar Hai


Yaari Hai Imaan Mera


Ye Raat Bheegi Bheegi


Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli

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