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Aparna Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana: Bollywood pays tribute to Manna Dey

Last updated on: October 24, 2013 17:02 IST

Aparna Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana: Bollywood pays tribute to Manna Dey

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Veteran singer Manna Dey, who breathed his last in Bengaluru earlier this morning, was an artist par excellence and had many admirers in the Hindi and Bengali film industry.

While several celebrities took to Twitter to pay tributes to the late singer, condolences from other stars and fans have been pouring in.

Acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Aparna Sen said, "It's an irreparable loss for the world of music. I did not get to spend much time with him, I regret that.'

Indrani Roy in Kolkata

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'Flooded with memories of Manna Dey's rendition of Madhushala'

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Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "T 1200 -Manna Dey, stalwart of the music world, passes away. Flooded with memories and his songs. In particular his rendition of Madhushala."

Dey had done playback for the famous Yaari hai imaan mera song -- picturised on Amitabh Bachchan and Pran -- in Praksha Mehra's Zanjeer.


Image: Amitab Bachchan
Photographs: Avinash Gowariker

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'He should not have suffered so much'

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Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar fondly remembered her association with singer Manna Dey saying she salutes his dedication and spirit.

The two have collaborated on innumerable hits like Pyaar Huaa Ikraar Huaa, Chunari Sambhal Gori Udhi Chali, Yeh Raat Bheegi-Bheegi, Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni Men among others.

"Today, great classical singer Manna Dey sahab, who we fondly called Manna da, is not among us anymore. He had a very pleasant and easy personality. He was very dedicated to his work. I salute him and pray that his soul rests in peace," Mangeshkar reminisced on Twitter after Dey's death.

Recalling her first song recording with the legendary singer, she said, "As far as I remember I sang composer Anil Biswas' classical song with him in the year 1947 or 1948. It was the first time we worked together." 

Mangeshkar, 84, and Dey's duet Pyar Hua Ikraar Hua from Shri 420, picturised on Raj Kapoor and Nargis on a rainy night under an umbrella, is among the most popular romantic classic songs.



Image: Lata Mangeshkar


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'Manna Dey had a unique voice'

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Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi tweeted, 'Manna Dey had a unique voice. He will live on through his songs Ai Meri Zohra Jabeen/ dil ka haal suney dilwala/ poocho na kaise maine RIP.'


Image: Shabana Azmi
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'May the immortal Manna Desaab rest in peace'

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Chennai Express and Gori Tere Pyar Mein music composer Vishal Dadlani wrote, 'The world is a darker place, as one of the greatest musical lights to ever shine, has left us. May the immortal Manna De-saab rest in peace.'


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'His voice shall linger forever'

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Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt tweeted to his followers, 'Manna Dey passes away. His voice shall linger forever.R.I.P.'


Image: Mahesh Bhatt
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

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'His songs and his impeccable sur will live on forever'

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Actor Manoj Bajpayee tweeted, 'MANNA DEY is no more!a great singer!lets pray for him!my condolences to his family!his music will live for 1000 yrs.RIP'

Shahid director Hansal Mehta updated, 'Manna Dey RIP. His songs and his impeccable 'sur' will live on forever.'


Image: Manoj Bajpayee
Photographs: Abhijti Mhamunkar

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'Manna Dey once thrashed four goons in Mumbai'

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Several other artistes also remembered Manna Dey and tweeted their tributes:

Zakir Hussain: Last of the great voice of golden Bollywood has moved on. Manna Da will be missed and forever revered

Prakash Raj: Rip manna dey ji. Thank you for ur qawalis, ghazals, bhajans n classical based complex songs. Love u for the rich life you have given us.

Rekha Bhardwaj: ‘"Ae mere pyare watan".legendary singer Manna Dey...R.I.P.’

Shaan: From Roc n roll to Pure Classical to Melancholy to Slapstick... no one like Manna Da!!! Long live Manna Dey!!!

Meiyang Chang: A lot of us have priceless growing up memories with his music. This is heartbreaking. Sing on Manna Dey

Shekhar Ravjiani: The legend is no more...But he'll forever live in our hearts through his songs and his voice. RIP Sir Manna Dey

Aditya Narayan: The fantastic four, gone. Kishoreda, Rafisaab, Mukeshji & Manna Dey sir. Heaven must sound beautiful. Prayers for sir's family & loved ones. Dad says he was once cornered by four goons in Mumbai and single handedly thrashed them with his bare hands! A powerful voice, mind & body!’

Shreya Ghoshal: Zindagi kaisi hai paheli, Puchho na kaise, ek chatur naar, aao twist karein, aaja sanam madhur.. Such versatility n command over all genres. Rest in peace Manna Dey saab.. You and your voice are immortal.. Your songs will continue to inspire millions forever..


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'From Ek Chattur Naar to Ae Mere Pyaare Watan, what a range!'

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Madhur Bhandarkar: Mannada, a Legendary singer with a golden voice, that ruled our hearts for decades, will be missed by all. Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haye.

Pritish Nandy: Even when you know someone will soon go, when he actually does it breaks your heart. Manna Dey RIP. Remember the iconic Raj Kapoor, Nargis song, Pyar hua ikrar hua from Shree 420? It was not sung by Mukesh. It was Manna Dey.

Sujoy Ghosh: balan had gone to meet manna dey and she made sure an autograph for me. i am a big time addict of his voice. totally love that voice.

Kunal Kohli: #mannadey last of the greats,along with Kishore,Rafi & Mukesh,passes away. RIP. 'ek chattur naar' to 'ae mere pyaare watan' what a range

Saroj Khan: RIP Manna Dey Sahab.


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'He should not have suffered so much'

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Several Bengali artists remembered the legendary singer as well.

"Manna De cannot die, his songs will immortalise him," said singer Banasree Sengupta.

"Manna De was the jewel of India," said Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.

Writer Samaresh Majumdar said, "I learnt the song of life and love from Manna Dey. In our times, it was not easy to speak our minds, especially if there were women around. Hence we often sang his songs to draw attention of our ‘love interests.'

"I met him about 10 years back at Kolkata’s International Club. ‘How long do you plan to keep singing?’ I had asked him then. The day I lose my voice, I will die,’ he had said. It pained me to know that he was ailing. He should not have suffered so much.

"With his demise, a part of my old self is gone. His songs alone can pay him the best tribute."

 Indrani Roy in Kolkata


Image: Manna Dey
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