Legendary singer Manna Dey laid to rest


Legendary singer Manna Dey died around 4am in the wee hours of the morning after prolonged illness in Bangalore. He was on ventilation, his health deteriorated in the early morning and he breathed his last. He left behind his two daughters, Rama and Sumita. His wife Sulochana Kumaran passed away last year due to cancer. Dey was leaving with his daughter Rama in Bangalore. His last rites will be performed today in the evening and the music genius will be cremated at Hebbal crematorium.

"Mannada breathed his last around 4 a.m. after his condition suddenly deteriorated in the wee hours though he was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit," Narayana Hospital spokesman K.S.Vasuki told IANS here.

His elder daughter Rama rushed to the hospital on hearing the news of the demise of her father. "Dey's eldest daughter (Rama) rushed to the hospital and was at his bedside when the end came after we alerted her about her father's deteriorating condition," Vasuki said.

His younger daughter Sumita leaves in the US. Manna Dey was undergoing treatment due to lung infection.

"Dey's body will be kept at Ravindra Kalkshetra in the city centre from 10am to 12noon for the public to pay their last respects and homage," a family friend said.

The news of his death left the music industry numb. On May 1st, CM of Kolkata Mamata Banerjee conferred the singer with Bengal's Vishesh Maha Sangeet Samman award.

Recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan Mannada, Manna Dey’s original name was Prabodh Chandra Dey. He recorded as many as 3,500 songs in his illustrious career spanning nearly seven decades.

May his soul rest in peace!