Music hai imaan mera!
| Sunday, Apr 11 2010 3:59PM IST
sudhir kumarHe is a living legend, synonymous with the best classical songs in Indian films. He has sung super hits like Yari Hai Iman mera Yar Meri Jindagi in the blockbuster film Zanzeer and the emotional number Aei mere pyare watan in Kabuliwala. His rich, melodious voice has brought him several national and international awards and a fan following across the world. Guess, who is he? He is none other than 91-year-old legendry singer Manna Dey.Dey entered playback singing in 1943 with the number ‘Jago Aayee Usha, Panchi Boley Jago' in the movie Tamanna. The number was a hit and brought Dey great acclaim. Thereafter, Dey never looked back He performed a solo ‘Upar Gagan Vishal', penned by Sachin Dev Burman, in the 1950 movie Mashal.Dey was the uncrowned king of Indian film playback music from the 1950s to 1970s. In 1952, he lent his soulful voice for Amar Bhupali, a Bengali and a Marathi movie with the same name and storyline that established him as a leading playback singer in the industry. He also sang for movies like Awara (1951), Shri 420 (1955) and Chori Chori. ‘Kasme Vaade Pyar Wafa' in Upkaar (1967), sung by him was a super-duper hit, as were later numbers, such as ‘Puchho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitayee, ' ‘Laga Chunari Main Daag, ' ‘Sur Na Saje Kya Gaun Main, ' ‘Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala, ' ‘Aye Meri Zohara, ' and ‘Aye Mere Pyare Vatan'.He also teamed up with Kishore Kumar for hit songs like Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Torenge and Ek Chatur Nar in the evergreen films Sholay and Padosan, respectively.Born to Purna Chandra (father) and Mahamaya (mother) on 1 May 1919, Dey received his early education in a small pre-primary school named Indu Babur Pathshala. Later, he attended Scottish Church Collegiate School and Scottish Church College, from where he received his bachelors' degree. During his college days, Dey used to entertain his classmates with his singing, while being coached by his maternal uncle and renowned musician, Krishna Chandra Dey, and Ustad Dabir Khan. He also took lessons from Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan in Hindustani classical music and developed a voice that has touched the heart of millions worldwide. Dey is also credited with being the music director of many hit Hindi movies.Dey has recorded around 3, 500 songs over the course of his singing career spanning almost 70 years, and for his work and contribution to music in Hindi cinema, he has been honoured with the Padma Shri in 1971 and Padma Bhushan in 2005. He also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award - the highest honour in Indian cinema - for the year 2007, from the hands of President Prathiba Patil, on 21 October 2009. The legendry singer also won the National award for Best Male Playback Singer for the Hindi film Mere Huzur and for the Bengali film Nishi Padma.Salute to you Dey Da!