Legendary Singer Manna Dey passes away at 94

Legendary Singer Manna Dey (real name Prabodh Chandra Dey)  passed away early morning today due to Respiratory, Cardiac and Renal failure. He was 94 years old and admitted to Narayana Hrudayalaya at Bangalore. He was put on ICU yesterday and took last breath at around 3:50 AM.

Manna Dey

Manna Dey

He is survived by his daughters Shuroma and Sumita. His wife, Sulochana Kumaran, died of cancer last year. He was staying with his younger daughter Shumita Deb in Kalyan Nagar, East Bangalore.

He has been suffering with severe illness since past few months. On 8 June 2013, he was admitted to the ICU in a Bangalore hospital after a chest infection gave rise to other complications.

He was the nephew of veteran Classical Singer Krishna Chandra Dey. Manna made his debut as a playback singer in the film Tamanna in 1942, and recorded more than 4000 songs during 1942-2013. He sang songs in Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Maithli, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and many other languages.

The Government of India had honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.