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