Down the memory lane – MON MATANO MANNA – 8 Webisodes
This is an ode to the legendary singer Manna Dey by Dr. RajatSubhro Banerjee who is an anaesthetist by profession and a passionate singer trying his best to continue the legacy of Padmabhushan Manna Dey. The webisodes we share here are being directed by Mr. Abhishek Ganguli, under ‘Unplugged Ullash’, an initiative of Learning Systems.
Manna Dey – A Brief Account:
Prabodh Chandra Dey (1 May 1919 − 24 October 2013), known by his stage name Manna Dey, was an Indian playback singer. He debuted in the film Tamanna in 1942. After the song “Upar Gagan Bishal” composed by S D Burman he saw success and went on to record more than 4,000 songs till 2013. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.
Dey sang in all the major regional Indian languages, though primarily in Hindi and Bengali. His peak period in Hindi playback singing was from 1953 to 1976. Manna Dey established his verstality between 1948 to 1954 by singing not only the classical based film songs but also singing such film songs which were fusion of Indian classical music and pop music and by giving classical music concerts. His experimentation with western music too produced many unforgettable melodies resulting in an increase in singing offers in films from 1955. He began singing ghazals in Hindi films from 1953. He became a music composer in Hindi films when he composed music along with Khemchand Prakash for both Shri Ganesh Janma (1951) and Vishwamitra (1952).
Accolades and awards
Manna Dey was bestowed with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
The following is the list of Manna Dey’s other awards:
- 1967 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award – Best Male Playback Award for Sankhyabela
- 1968 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the Hindi Film Mere Huzoor
- 1971 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the Bengali film Nishi Padma and Hindi film Mera Naam Joker
- 1971 Padma Shri Award by Government of India
- 1972 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Mera Naam Joker
- 1985 Lata Mangeshkar Award awarded by Government of Madhya Pradesh
- 1988 Michale Sahittyo Puraskar awarded by Renaissance Sanskritik Parishad, Dhaka
- 1990 Shyamal Mitra Award by Mithun Fans Association
- 1991 Sangeet Swarnachurr Award awarded by Shree Khetra Kala Prakashika, Puri
- 1993 P.C.Chandra Award by P.C.Chandra Group & others
- 1999 Kamala Devi Roy Award by Kamala Devi Group
- 2001 Anandalok Lifetime Award by the Anandabazar Group
- 2002 Special Jury Swaralaya Yesudas Award for outstanding performance in music
- 2003 Alauddin Khan Award by the Government of West Bengal
- 2004 National Award as Playback singer by Government of Kerala
- 2004 Hony D. Lit Award by the Rabindra Bharati University
- 2005 Lifetime Achievement award by the Government of Maharashtra
- 2005 Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India
- 2007 First Akshaya Mohanty Award by Government of Orissa
- 2007 Awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award by the Government of India
- 2008 Hony D. Lit Award by Jadavpur University
- 2011 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2011 Banga-Vibhushan by Government of West Bengal
- 2012 Annanyo Samman given by 24 Ghanta TV channel for his lifetime achievement.
- 2013 Conferred with Sangeet Maha Samman by Government of West Bengal.
More coming up – watch the space!