Versatility breathes his last

India’s 94-year-old legendary playback singer Manna Dey passed away after a prolonged illness in the wee hours of Thursday at a private hospital on this city’s outskirts.

‘Dey breathed his last around 4 am after his condition suddenly deteriorated in the wee hours though he was on a ventilator,’ KS Vasuki, spokesman of Narayana Hrudayalaya, said.

Dey, who was ailing for over four months, leaves behind two daughters Rama and Sumita.
‘Dey’s eldest daughter (Rama) was at his bedside after we alerted her father’s deteriorating condition,’ Vasuki said.

Sumita lives in the US, according to Dey’s family.

Dey was admitted to the private hospital in July after he suffered lung infection and was undergoing treatment for respiratory disease.

Manna Dey’s knack for singing classical songs may have been disadvantageous for his career in filmdom, but the singer honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be remembered for his versatility and masculine style of rendering love songs. He proved his flexibility and versatility by going behind the mike for a range of songs like Aaja sanam madhur chandani main hum, Chunari sambhal gori udi chali jaye re, Zindagi kaisi hai paheli and Chalat musafir moh liyo re. He sang mostly for Shankar Jaikishan music composer duo.
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