Manna Dey

Prabodh Chandra Dey (born May 1, 1919), better known by his nickname Manna Dey (Bengali Manna De), is one of the greatest playback singers in Hindi films and other vernacular Indian films, especially Bengali. Arguably he is the greatest trained male singer of bollywood.

Manna was born to Purna Chandra (father) and Mahamaya Dey (mother). Besides his parents, his youngest paternal uncle Sangeetacharya (meaning “Venerable Teacher of Music” in Sanskrit) K. C. Dey highly inspired and influenced him. Manna received his early education in a small pre-primary school named Indu Babur Pathshala.

Thereafter he attended Scottish Church Collegiate School and Scottish Church College, followed by Vidyasagar College where he received his graduate education. From his childhood, Manna showed a keen liking for wrestling and boxing, and excelled in both sports. He has a jovial personality and likes to play pranks on people once in a while.

Filmography :

Music Department:

1. Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991) (playback singer: “Hamari Hi Mutthi Mein”)
2. Goonj (1989) (playback singer)
3. Love and God (1986) (playback singer)
4. Grahasthi (1984) (playback singer)
5. Woh Jo Hasina (1983) (playback singer)
6. Rang Birangi (1983) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
7. Teri Maang Sitaron Se Bhar Doon (1982) (playback singer)
8. Teesri Aankh (1982) (playback singer)
9. Samraat (1982) (playback singer)
10. Vijeta (1982) (playback singer)
11. Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981) (playback singer)
12. Laawaris (1981) (playback singer)
13. Chehre Pe Chehra (1981) (playback singer)
14. Kranti (1981) (playback singer)
15. Ladies Tailor (1981) (playback singer)
16. Maan Gaye Ustaad (1981) (playback singer)
17. Waqt Ki Deewar (1981) (playback singer)
18. Chambal Ki Kasam (1980) (playback singer)
19. Karz (1980) (playback singer)
20. Choron Ki Baaraat (1980) (playback singer)
21. Do Premee (1980) (playback singer)
22. Abdullah (1980) (playback singer)
23. Jurmana (1979) (playback singer)
24. Dooriyaan (1979) (playback singer)
25. Heera-Moti (1979) (playback singer)
26. Naukri (1978) (playback singer)
27. Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime (1978) (playback singer) (as Mannadey)
28. Vishwanath (1978) (playback singer)
29. Chor Ho To Aisa (1978) (playback singer)
30. Kaala Aadmi (1978) (playback singer)
31. Karmayogi (1978) (playback singer)
32. Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1978) (playback singer)
33. Ram Kasam (1978) (playback singer)
34. Sawan Ke Geet (1978) (playback singer)
35. Pandit Aur Pathan (1977) (playback singer)
36. Anurodh (1977) (playback singer)
37. Chakkar Pe Chakkar (1977) (playback singer)
38. Chandi Sona (1977) (playback singer)
39. Do Chehere (1977) (playback singer)
40. Gayatri Mahima (1977) (playback singer)
41. Janam Janam Na Saath (1977) (playback singer) (as Mannade)
42. Khel Khilari Ka (1977) (playback singer)
43. Yaaron Ka Yaar (1977) (playback singer)
44. Jaaneman (1976) (playback singer)
45. Mehbooba (1976) (playback singer)
46. Dus Numbri (1976) (playback singer)
47. Khaan Dost (1976) (playback singer)
48. Aap Beati (1976) (playback singer)
49. Khalifa (1976) (playback singer)
50. Shankar Dada (1976) (playback singer)
51. Sholay (1975) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
52. Zameer (1975) (playback singer)
53. Deewaar (1975) (playback singer)
54. Do Jhoot (1975) (playback singer)
55. Jai Santoshi Maa (1975) (playback singer)
56. Lafange (1975) (playback singer)
57. Ponga Pandit (1975) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
58. Sankalp (1975) (playback singer)
59. Sanyasi (1975) (playback singer)
60. Resham Ki Dori (1974) (playback singer)
61. Amir Garib (1974) (playback singer)
62. Manoranjan (1974) (playback singer)
63. Albeli (1974) (playback singer)
64. Parinay (1974) (playback singer)
65. Pocketmaar (1974) (playback singer)
66. Trimurti (1974) (playback singer)
67. Us-Paar (1974) (playback singer)
68. Bobby (1973) (playback singer)
69. Avishkaar (1973) (playback singer)
70. Zanjeer (1973) (playback singer)
71. Dhund (1973) (playback singer)
72. Anokhi Ada (1973) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
73. Bandhe Haath (1973) (playback singer)
74. Dil Ki Rahen (1973) (playback singer)
75. Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973) (playback singer)
76. Saudagar (1973) (playback singer)
77. Ajker Nayak (1972) (playback singer)
78. Anokha Milan (1972) (playback singer)
79. Bansi Birju (1972) (playback singer)
80. Bawarchi (1972) (playback singer)
81. Do Yaar (1972) (playback singer)
82. Haar Jeet (1972) (playback singer)
83. Sazaa (1972) (playback singer)
84. Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) (playback singer)
85. Shaadi Ke Baad (1972) (playback singer)
86. Shor (1972) (playback singer)
87. Anubhav (1971) (playback singer)
88. Preetam (1971) (playback singer)
89. Tere Mere Sapne (1971) (playback singer)
90. Adhikar (1971/I) (playback singer)
91. Anand (1971) (playback singer)
92. Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari (1971) (playback singer)
93. Jaane-Anjaane (1971) (playback singer)
94. Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong (1971) (playback singer)
95. Jwala (1971) (playback singer)
96. Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) (playback singer)
97. Lakhon Mein Ek (1971) (playback singer)
98. Lal Patthar (1971) (playback singer)
99. Naya Zamana (1971) (playback singer)
100. Paraya Dhan (1971) (playback singer)
101. Reshma Aur Shera (1971) (playback singer)
102. Uphaar (1971) (playback singer)
103. Maa Aur Mamta (1970) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
104. Darpan (1970) (playback singer)
105. Maharaja (1970) (playback singer)
106. Man Ki Aankhen (1970) (playback singer)
107. Mera Naam Joker (1970) (playback singer)
108. Safar (1970) (playback singer) (as Mannadey)
109. Veer Ghatotkach (1970) (playback singer)
110. Anmol Moti (1969) (playback singer)
111. Badi Didi (1969) (playback singer)
112. Bandhan (1969/I) (playback singer)
113. Bhai Bahen (1969) (playback singer)
114. Chanda Aur Bijli (1969) (playback singer)
115. Ek Phool Do Mali (1969) (playback singer)
116. Khamoshi (1969) (playback singer)
117. Megh-o-roudra (1969) (playback singer)
118. Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai (1969) (playback singer)
119. Sachaai (1969) (playback singer)
120. Talash (1969) (playback singer)
121. Tamanna (1969) (playback singer)
122. Waris (1969) (playback singer) (as Mannade)
123. Aashirwad (1968) (playback singer)
124. Abhilasha (1968) (playback singer)
125. Ankhen (1968) (playback singer)
126. Aulad (1968) (playback singer)
127. Baazi (1968) (playback singer)
128. Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968) (playback singer)
129. Izzat (1968) (playback singer)
130. Mere Huzoor (1968) (playback singer)
131. Neel Kamal (1968) (playback singer)
132. Padosan (1968) (background singer)
133. Raja Aur Runk (1968) (playback singer) (as Mannaday)
134. Sadhu Aur Shaitaan (1968) (playback singer)
135. Suhag Raat (1968) (playback singer)
136. Teen Adhaya (1968) (playback singer)
137. Aamne Samne (1967) (playback singer)
138. Abhishapta Chambal (1967) (playback singer)
139. Antony Firingee (1967) (playback singer)
140. Around the World (1967) (playback singer) (as Mannadey)
141. Baharon Ke Sapne (1967) (playback singer)
142. Bahu Begum (1967) (playback singer)
143. Chandan Ka Palna (1967) (playback singer)
144. Chimukala Pahuna (1967) (playback singer)
145. Dil Ne Pukara (1967) (playback singer)
146. Gunahon Ka Devta (1967) (playback singer)
147. Nawab Sirazuddaula (1967) (playback singer)
148. Palki (1967) (playback singer)
149. Raat Aur Din (1967) (playback singer)
150. Upkar (1967) (playback singer)
151. Aakhri Khat (1966) (playback singer)
152. Biwi Aur Makaan (1966) (playback singer)
153. Love in Tokyo (1966) (playback singer)
154. Pati Patni (1966) (playback singer)
155. Pinjre Ke Panchhi (1966) (playback singer)
156. Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966) (playback singer) (as Mannadey)
157. Teesri Kasam (1966) (playback singer)
158. Johar-Mehmood in Goa (1965) (playback singer)
159. Guide (1965) (playback singer)
160. Aadhi Raat Ke Baad (1965) (playback singer)
161. Bedaag (1965) (playback singer)
162. Bhoot Bungla (1965) (playback singer)
163. Janwar (1965) (playback singer)
164. Khandaan (1965) (playback singer)
165. Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal (1965) (playback singer)
166. Nishan (1965) (playback singer)
167. Noor Mahal (1965) (playback singer)
168. Shaheed (1965) (playback singer)
169. Sher Dil (1965) (playback singer)
170. Waqt (1965) (playback singer)
171. Chitralekha (1964) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
172. Dooj Ka Chand (1964) (playback singer)
173. Door Ki Awaaz (1964) (playback singer)
174. Haqeeqat (1964) (playback singer)
175. Sant Gyaneshwar (1964) (playback singer)
176. Ziddi (1964) (playback singer)
177. Zindagi (1964) (playback singer)
178. Bandini (1963) (playback singer) (uncredited)
179. Begaana (1963) (playback singer)
180. Dil Hi To Hai (1963) (playback singer)
181. Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai (1963) (playback singer)
182. Kan Kan Men Bhagwan (1963) (playback singer)
183. Kinare Kinare (1963) (playback singer)
184. Meri Surat Teri Ankhen (1963) (playback singer)
185. Taj Mahal (1963) (playback singer)
186. Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) (playback singer)
187. Jhoola (1962) (playback singer)
188. Private Secretary (1962) (playback singer)
189. Professor (1962) (playback singer)
190. Sangeet Samrat Tansen (1962) (playback singer)
191. Shaadi (1962) (playback singer)
192. Kabuliwala (1961) (playback singer)
193. Dark Street (1961) (playback singer)
194. Reshmi Rumal (1961) (playback singer)
195. Sampoorna Ramayana (1961) (playback singer) (uncredited)
196. Sapera (1961) (playback singer)
197. Sapne Suhane (1961) (playback singer)
198. Shola Aur Shabnam (1961) (playback singer)
199. Stree (1961) (playback singer)
200. Zindagi Aur Khwab (1961) (playback singer)
201. Parakh (1960) (playback singer)
202. Angulimala (1960) (playback singer)
203. Anuradha (1960) (playback singer)
204. Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) (playback singer)
205. Bewaqoof (1960) (playback singer)
206. Bombai Ka Babu (1960) (playback singer)
207. Chandramukhi (1960) (playback singer)
208. Do Dost (1960) (playback singer)
209. Ek Ke Baad Ek (1960) (playback singer)
210. Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960) (playback singer) (as Mannaday)
211. Kala Bazar (1960) (playback singer)
212. Kalpana (1960) (playback singer)
213. Manzil (1960) (playback singer)
214. Shriman Satyawadi (1960) (playback singer)
215. Usne Kaha Tha (1960) (playback singer)
216. Gali Theke Rajpath (1959) (playback singer)
217. Anari (1959) (playback singer)
218. Chhoti Bahen (1959) (playback singer)
219. Kavi Kalidas (1959) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
220. Navrang (1959) (playback singer)
221. O Tera Kya Kahna (1959) (playback singer)
222. Qaidi No. 911 (1959) (playback singer)
223. Ujala (1959) (playback singer)
224. Zara Bachke (1959) (playback singer)
225. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) (playback singer)
226. Ghar Sansar (1958) (playback singer)
227. Lajwanti (1958) (playback singer) (uncredited)
228. Madhumati (1958) (playback singer) (uncredited)
229. Parvarish (1958) (playback singer)
230. Pati Parmeshwar (1958) (playback singer)
231. Mother India (1957) (playback singer) (uncredited)
232. Apradhi Kaun? (1957) (playback singer)
233. Bhabhi (1957) (playback singer)
234. Dekh Kabira Roya (1957) (playback singer)
235. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957) (playback singer)
236. Ek Gaon Ki Kahani (1957) (playback singer)
237. Lal Batti (1957) (playback singer)
238. Mr. X (1957) (playback singer)
239. Musafir (1957) (playback singer) (as Manna De)
240. Narsi Bhagat (1957) (playback singer)
241. Naya Zamana (1957) (playback singer)
242. Pardesi (1957) (playback singer)
243. Sharada (1957) (playback singer)
244. Basant Bahar (1956) (playback singer)
245. Chori Chori (1956) (playback singer) (uncredited)
246. Toofan Aur Deeya (1956) (playback singer) (as Manna Day)
247. Shree 420 (1955) (playback singer)
248. Devdas (1955) (playback singer)
249. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955) (playback singer)
250. Seema (1955) (playback singer)
251. Boot Polish (1954) (playback singer)
252. Suhagan (1954) (playback singer)
253. Do Bigha Zamin (1953) (playback singer) (uncredited)
254. Aladdin Aur Jadui Chirag (1952) (playback singer)
255. Awaara (1951) (playback singer)
256. Naujawan (1951) (playback singer)
257. Rajput (1951) (playback singer)
258. Saagar (1951) (playback singer)

Soundtrack:

1. Such a Long Journey (1998) (performer: “Pyar hua ikrar hua”)
2. Kranti (1981) (performer: “Kranti, Kranti” (Part I), “Kranti, Kranti” (Part II))
3. Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime (1978) (performer: “Yashmati Maiya Se Bole Nandlala”)
4. Deewaar (1975) (performer: “Deewaaron Ka Jungal”)
5. Sanyasi (1975) (performer: “Kya Maar Sakegi Maut Use Auron Ke Liye Jo Jeeta Hai”)
6. Manoranjan (1974) (performer: “Goyake chunanche”)
7. Pocketmaar (1974) (performer: “Hum Jaan Lada Denge”)
8. Avishkaar (1973) (performer: “Hansne Ki Chah Ne Mujhe Rulaya Hai”)
9. Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) (performer: “Zindagi hai khel koi pass koi fail”, “Abhi toh haath mein jaam hai”)
10. Shor (1972) (performer: “Jeevan Chalne Ka Naam”)
11. Anand (1971) (performer: “Zindagi kaisi hai paheli”)
12. Buddha Mil Gaya (1971) (performer: “Aayo Kahan Se Ghanshyam”)
13. Jaane-Anjaane (1971) (performer: “Chham Chham Baje Re Payaliya”)
14. Lal Patthar (1971) (performer: “Re Man Sur Mein Ga”)
15. Reshma Aur Shera (1971) (performer: “Nafrat ki ek thokar ne”, “Zaalim meri sharaab mein”)
16. Mera Naam Joker (1970) (performer: “Kehta Hai Joker Saara Zamaana”, “Ae Bhai Zara Dekhe Chalo Aage Hi Nahin Peechhe Bhi”, “Kaate Na Kate Raina”)
17. Chanda Aur Bijli (1969) (performer: “Ram Krishna Hari (Kal Ka Paiya)”)
18. Talash (1969) (performer: “Tere Naina Talash Karen”)
19. Mere Huzoor (1968) (performer: “Jhanak Jhanak Tori Baje”, “Allah Allah”)
20. Padosan (1968) (performer: “Ek chatur naar karke singaar”, “Savariya Savariya”, “Aai aaiyo ham galti kiya”)
21. Suhag Raat (1968) (performer: “Mere Dil Se Dil Ko Jod Do”)
22. Palki (1967) (performer: “Mere Ghar Se Pyaar Ki Paalki Chali Gayi”, “Bhari Mehfil Mein Chheda Hai Kisine Dil Ke Taron Ko”)
23. Upkar (1967) (performer: “Kasmen Wade Pyar Wafa”, “Aayi Jhoomke Basant”)
24. Love in Tokyo (1966) (performer: “Main Tere Pyaar Ka Beemar Hoon Kya Arz Karoon”)
25. Waqt (1965) (performer: “Aei meri zohra jabeen”)
26. Dooj Ka Chand (1964) (performer: “Phool Gendva Na Maro”)
27. Ziddi (1964) (performer: “Main Tere Pyaar Mein Kya Kya Na Bana Dilbar Jaane Yeh Mausam”, “Pyaar Ki Aag Mein Tan Badan Jal Gaya”)
28. Bandini (1963) (performer: “mat ro maata laal tere”)
29. Dil Hi To Hai (1963) (performer: “Laga Chunari Mein Daag Chupaoo Kaise”, “Parda Uthe Salaam Ho Jaye”)
30. Meri Surat Teri Ankhen (1963) (performer: “Poochho Na Kaise Maine”)
31. Shaadi (1962) (performer: “Log To Baat Ka Afsana Bana Dete Hain”)
32. Kabuliwala (1961) (performer: “aei mere pyaare watan, aei mere bichhde chaman”)
33. Dark Street (1961) (performer: “Mil Gaye Duniya Mein Jine Ke Sahare”)
34. Sampoorna Ramayana (1961) (performer: “Dharti Kyon Veeprit Hui”)
35. Parakh (1960) (performer: “kya hawa chali babu rut badli”)
36. Bombai Ka Babu (1960) (performer: “Takdoom Takdoom Baaje”)
37. Kala Bazar (1960) (performer: “Saanjh dhali”)
38. Kalpana (1960) (performer: “Tu Hai Mera Prem Devta”)
39. Usne Kaha Tha (1960) (performer: “chalte hi jaana”, “jaanewaale sipaahi se poocho”)
40. Chhoti Bahen (1959) (performer: “Kali Anaar Ki Na Itna Sataao Pyaar Karne Ki Hamen Reet Bataao”)
41. Navrang (1959) (performer: “Tu Chhupi Hai Kahan”, “Rane De Re”)
42. Lajwanti (1958) (performer: “Chanda mama mere dwaare aana”)
43. Madhumati (1958) (performer: “Chadh Gayo Papi Bichhua”)
44. Pati Parmeshwar (1958) (performer: “Khan Kya Bol Raha Hai Yauwan Ke Kangna Mein”)
45. Post Box 999 (1958) (performer: “Mere Dil Mein Hai Ek Baat”)
46. Dekh Kabira Roya (1957) (performer: “Kaun Aaya, Mere Man Ke Dwaare”)
47. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957) (performer: “Ho Umad Ghumad Kar Aayi Re Ghata”)
48. Basant Bahar (1956) (performer: “Bhay Bhajana Vandana Sun”, “Ketaki Gulab Juhi”, “Nain Mile Chain Kahan”, “Sur Na Saje”)
49. Chori Chori (1956) (performer: “Yeh Raat Bhigi-Bhigi”, “Jahan Main Jaati Hoon”, “Aaja Sanam Madhur”)
50. Toofan Aur Deeya (1956) (performer: “Nirbal Se Ladaai Bhagwan Ki”)
51. Devdas (1955) (performer: “Aan milo aan milo shyaam saanware”, “Sajan ki ho gayi gori”)
52. Boot Polish (1954) (performer: “Lapak Jhapak Too Aare Badarwa”)
53. Do Bigha Zamin (1953) (performer: “hariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaya”, “dharti kahe pukaar ke”)
54. Parineeta (1953) (performer: “Chali Raadhe Raniankhiyon Mein Paani”)

Composer:

1. Naag Champa (1958)
2. Jan Pahchan (1950) (as Mana Dey)
3. Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1948)

Nomination and Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1972 Won Filmfare Award Best Playback Singer – Male
for: Mera Naam Joker (1970)
For the song “Ay bhai zara dekh ke chalo”.

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