Manna Dey: Legendary Indian singer dies


Indian singer Manna Dey has died in a Bangalore hospital at the age of 94.

Dey had been ill for the past few months and was in hospital for a respiratory infection. His funeral is due to take place later on Thursday.

Born Prabodh Chandra Dey in 1919, Dey was popularly known as Manna, and was credited with several hit Bollywood songs.

He sang in several languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi and Bhojpuri.

Throughout his career he won several awards for his contribution to music, including state honours like Padma Shri in 1971 and Padma Vibhushan in 2005.

In the last few years, he had largely withdrawn from public life.

Tributes have been pouring in for the singer on social media sites.

“Manna Dey, stalwart of the music world, passes away. Flooded with memories and his songs,” wrote Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter.

“Manna Dey passes away. His voice shall linger forever. R.I.P.” tweeted film-maker Mahesh Bhat.

Actor Manoj Bajpai tweeted: “Manna Dey is no more! A great singer! Let’s pray for him! My condolences to his family! His music will live for 1000 yrs. RIP”

Popular cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted. “Oh no. Such terrible news to get up to. Manna Dey no more? Less melody in the world.”

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