About Him
  List of Songs
  Photo Gallery
  News Update
  Contact Us

Padmabhusan Manna Dey is a legendry figure in Indian music. His fame is not restricted to the Indian domain only but has over flown to every part of the globe, where an Indian heart resides. In fact his is not merely a name that is deified everywhere, rather it creates a ripple of mixed feeling of love and worship whenever cited. People venerate him not only for his musical bearing but because he epitomizes a wonderful combination of melody and poetry. His stance in Indian music vindicates the axiom – the art outlives the artist.

Born on 1st of May 1919, Manna Dey was christened by his parents as Probodh Chandra Dey. Theirs was an orthodox joint family of North Calcutta, residing in the huge ancestral house at Simla, 9 Madan Ghose Lane. Prior to Manna Dey another brilliant artist of similar stature Krishna Chandra Dey too was born in this very house. Purna Chandra Dey was Manna Dey’s father and Mahamaya Dey was his mother. Apart from them there

was this legendry youngest paternal uncle Sangeetacharya Krishna Chandra Dey residing in the same house, who both loved and pampered little Mana. He received his early education, in a small pre-primary school popularly known as Indu Babur Pathshala. Thereafter he was sent to Scottish Church Collegiate School to complete both his schooling and intermediate studies. He next got admitted to Vidyasagar College for his graduations. From very childhood Manna Dey manifested a keen liking for sports events like wrestling and boxing and excelled in both. Apart from sports Manna Dey was also renowned for playing pranks upon people. His contemporaries readily acknowledged him as their leader in this field.

It was during his intermediate classes at Scottish Church College, Manna Dey’s singing talent became apparent. During the recess beating the tables of the classroom and singing aloud to entertain his compatriots, became a common feature for the budding talent. Later he started taking singing lessons from his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey and from Ustad Dabir Khan. And it was at this period of time Manna Dey stood first for three consecutive years in three different categories of inter-collegiate singing competitions. A star in the realm of Indian music was born.

In 1942, Manna Dey accompanied his renowned uncle Krishna Chandra Dey on a visit to Mumbai. And there first under the tutelage of his uncle, then Sachin Dev Burman, Manna Dey started working as a successful assistant music director. Later he also assisted other famous music composers for some time and then decided to work independently. But even while working separately as a music director for different successful Hindi films Manna Dey never stopped taking musical lessons in Hindustani Classical music from two classical stalwarts, Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.

Manna Dey started his career in playback singing with the film Tamanna in 1943. The musical score was set by his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey and he had to sing a duet with Suraiya. The song was an instant hit. People across the country loved the song. In 1950, Mashal was the second film where Manna Dey got the opportunity to sing a solo ‘Upar gagan vishal’ and this time the melody was created by Sachin Dev Burman. In 1952, Manna Dey sang both for a Bengali and a Marathi film of the same name and storyline – Amar Bhupali, and established himself as a booming Bengali playback singer.

It was on the 18th December 1953, Manna Dey married Sulochana Kumaran from Kerala. Suroma the eldest daughter of this eminent couple was born on 19th October 1956, and on 20th June 1958, Sumita followed.

Versatile genius that he is Manna Dey is adept at singing Rabindra Sangeet as well. In fact it’ll not be wrong to claim that it was he who pioneered a new genre in Indian music where he infused Indian classical music within a pop frame work. His experimentation with western music too produced many unforgettable melodies. Till date there is no Indian language which has not been blessed by the melody of this multitalented singer. He has also recorded more than 3500 songs. His music has enthralled the audience throughout the world. And justifiably he has been showered with innumerable awards and titles like the National singer, Padmasree, and Padmabhusan

A short list of awards & honour received by him from time to time is given chronologically.

Year Awards Remarks
2012 Annanyo Samman The Annanyo Samman given by 24 Ghanta TV channel to Sri Manna Dey for his lifetime achievement
2010 Sera Bangali Award Sera Bangali Award given by E TV
2011 Bongo Bibhusan Award Award given by Govt. of West Bengal
2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Award given by Filmfare
2008 D.Lit Award Hony D.Lit Award from Jadavpur University
2007 Dadasaheb Phalke Award Govt. of India
2007 First Akkshaya Mohanty Award Govt. of Orissa
2002 Yesudas Award Special Jury award for outstanding performance in music
1970 National Film Award Best Male Playback Singer for the Hindi film \"Mere Huzoor\"
2011 what's ur name that's why i am guru
2005 Padmabhusan Award Govt. of India
2005 D.Lit Honour Burdwan University
2005 Life Time Achievement award Govt. of Maharastra
2004 D. Lit Honour Rabindra Bharati University
2004 National Award as Playback singer Govt. of Kerala
2003 Alauddin Khan Award Govt. of West Bengal
2001 Anandalok Award Anandabazar Group
1999 Kamala Devi Roy Award Kamala Devi Group
1993 P.C.Chandra Award P.C.Chandra Group & others
1991 Sangeet Swarnachurr Award Awarded by Shree Khetra Kala Prakashika, Puri
1990 Shyamal Mitra Award Mithun Fans Association
1988 Michale Sahittyo Puraskar Awarded by Renaissance Sanskritik Parishad, Dacca
1985 Lata Mangeskar Award Awarded by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
1971 Padmasree Award Govt. of India
1971 National Award as Playback singer For the Hindi Film Mera Naam Joker
1970 National Award as Playback singer National Award as Playback singer for the Bengali film Nishi Padmo
© Copyright 2008 Manna Dey Sangeet Academy. All right reserved.