He was 94. Manna sang in many Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Punjabi and Bhojpuri.
Manna Dey’s name at birth was Prabodh Chandra Dey. He was born on May 1, 1919 in Calcutta. His father was named Purna Chandra Dey and his mother was named Mahamaya Dey. His earliest education was received in the Indu Babur Pathshala. After that he entered the Scottish Church Collegiate School and then to the Scottish Church College. He went for his post graduate education at the Vidyasagar College.
Among Manna Dey’s best loved Hindi songs were Ek Chatur Naar from Padosan, Zindagi Kaise Hai Paheli from Anand, Ae Meri Zohrajabeen from Waqt and Yaari Hai Imaan Mera from Zanjeer. He often sang for Raj Kapoor, and formed hit partnerships with composers Salil Chowdhury and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Manna Dey received the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards.
He is survived by his daughters Shuroma and Sumita. His wife, Sulochana, died of cancer last year.