On May 1, 1920, the legendary singer Manna Dey was born in Kolkata. Dey whose real name was Prabodh Chandra Dey was born into a family of classical musicians. In a four-decade-long career with 3,000 songs under his credit, he went to become one of the most celebrated vocalists of the country. Although a trained classical singer, Manna Dey could dabble in all genres.
He got his first hit with the 1945 Bollywood film Tamanna. Some of his best works include Padosan, Boot Polish, Love In Tokyo, Anand etc. Manna Dey primarily sang in Bengali and Hindi but that didn’t stop him from venturing into other Indian languages. His ‘Manasa Maine‘ track for the film Chemmeen till day remains one of the greatest Malayalam songs. His contribution to the Indian cinema remains unparalleled and has been felicitated with many awards by the government of India including Dadasahabeb Phalke, Indian cinema’s highest honour.