Manna Dey being honoured by ex President Pratibha Patil at a National awards function.
Manna Dey sang primarily in Hindi and Bengali. He also recorded songs in several other Indian languages
Manna Deymusical received lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan.
Manna Dey got his first break in films with 'Tamanna'.
e became famous across the nation for his work in 'Do Bigha Zamin' (1953). Two of the songs sung by him and composed by Salil Choudhury in the film were unanimously loved.
Dey turned into an independent music composer in Hindi cinema with 'Maha Poojaa' (1954).
From the year 1992, he stepped back from playback singing in Hindi films owing to lack of good quality music and bad picturisation. But he continued his singing stint in Bengali films.
His last recorded song in Hindi films was for the film 'Umar' in 2006 composed by Shamir Tandon 'Duniyawaalo Kee Nahee Kuchh Bhee Khabar' which he sang along with Kavita Krishnamoorthy and Sonu Nigam
Manna Dey was married to Sulochana Kumaran from Kerala and they gave birth to two daughters- Shuroma, and Sumita. His wife lost her life to cancer in 2012.
Manna Dey's Bengali language autobiography, Jiboner Jalsaghorey, has been published by the renowned Ananda Publisher in the year 2005 which has been translated in English as Memories Come Alive, in Hindi as Yaden Jee Uthi and in Marathi as Jiboner Jalsaghorey.