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Happy Birthday : Manna Dey [ 01 May ]

01 May 2012 :: Prabodh Chandra Dey (born 1 May 1919), better known by his nickname Manna Dey is a playback singer in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kanada, Assamese films. Along with Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh he was a part of Indian film playback music industry. He is rated best classical singer among all singers of Hindi film music though he sang all types of songs from Pop to folk. He has recorded more than 3500 songs over the course of his career. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.

On 18 December 1953, Manna Dey married Sulochana Kumaran from Kerala They have two daughters: Shuroma, born on 19 October 1956; and Sumita, born on 20 June 1958. Manna’s source of inspiration Sulochana passed away in Bangalore on 18 January 2012 on her birthday. She was suffering from cancer for long time. Manna Dey currently lives in Bangalore in the township of Kalyannagar after spending more than fifty years in Mumbai.

Birth name :       Prabodh Chandra Dey

Born               :   May 1, 1919 (age 93)

Birth Place   :  Calcutta, British India

Genres          :       Playback singing

Occupations  :     Singer

Instruments :     Vocalist

Years active :      1929–present

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