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MUMBAI: Legendary playback singer Manna Dey died at a hospital in Bangalore on Thursday.
Dey, 94, was suffering from renal and respiratory problems. He died of a cardiac arrest at Narayana Hrudaylaya, according to doctors.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winning singer is survived by two daughters.
Manna Dey sang over 4,000 songs in Hindi and Bengali, starting his career in 1942.
Paying tributes to the legend, President Pranab Mukherjee said India has “lost a veteran playback singer, a versatile artist of extraordinary ability and a creative genius who mesmerized listeners with his enchanting voice.”
Super star Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “Strange how we connect events of our life with his songs.”
Paying tributes to Manna Dey, the legendary Lata Mangeshkar said, “I remember doing a four-raga duet for composer Anil Biswas with Mannada. This was my first song with him. From then on we met socially and quite frequently. Main unke ghar bhi jaati thi…At that time, Mannada used to live alone…We sang the songs in the Bengali version of V.Shantaram’s Marathi film Amar Bhopali. I think we were called together to sing songs that required a classical training, though we also did some fun songs like Aiso re papi bichua for Salilda (Salil Chowdhary) and Chunri sambhal gori for Pancham (R.D. Burman). Mannada was a very versatile singer. It was my pleasure to give him an award named after my father. He deserved a lot more than what he got.’’