India mourned the death of legendary singer Manna Dey who passed away at a hospital in Bangalore on Thursday, leaving behind innumerable songs that have mesmerised his fans for generations.
Dey was 94-year-old when his death came.
Reacting to Dey´s death, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar said: "It is a huge loss. We have worked for long long time. We used to discuss on different songs. I am feeling very very sad today."
Singer Usha Uthup said: "It is a very sad news. It is a huge loss for us."
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said: "We grew up listening to his songs ... We should be grateful that we had a person of his calibre."
Social networking sites flooded with texts as people from different walks of life also posted their thoughts on Dey´s demise.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari tweeted: "Deepest condolences on the sad demise of Sh. Manna Dey. His voice & unique style enthralled a whole generation Another legend has left us."
Reacting to Dey´s death, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said: "In Manna Dey, we have lost a legendary singer. His immortal voice will remain with us forever. May his soul rest in peace."
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj posted on her Twitter homepage: "My respectful homage to the memory of the great singer Manna Dey."
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O´Brien tweeted: "Coffee Houser sai adda ta aaj aar nei,aaj aar nei...Thank You for the music Manna Dey."
Actor Amitabh Bachchan said: "Manna Dey, stalwart of the music world, passes away. Flooded with memories and his songs. In particular his rendition of Madhushala.Manna Dey RIP .. !! Prayers and condolences to loved ones and family ! Strange how we connect events of our life with his songs! At work but shall keep a minutes silence, in Manna Dey´s memory on set before we start .. !!"
Actress Shabana Azmi said Dey had a unique voice and will live on through his songs.
"Manna Dey had a unique voice. He will live on through his songs Ai Meri Zohra Jabeen/ dil ka haal suney dilwala/ poocho na kaise maine RIP," Azmi tweeted.
Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain said: "Last of the great voice of golden Bollywood has moved on. Manna Da will be missed and forever revered."
Actor Manoj Bajpayee posted on Twitter: "MANNA DEY is no more!a great singer!lets pray for him!my condolences to his family!his music will live for 1000 yrs.RIP."
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said: "oh no. such terrible news to get up to. manna dey no more? less melody in the world. #mannadey.The song that introduced me to manna day (through my father) was poocho na kaise maine rain bitaee...then barsaat ki raat, chori chori. My all time favourite though has to be laaga chunari me daag.....among many unforgettables of course ."
Singer Sunidhi Chauhan tweeted: "Heartbroken at Manna Da´s shocking demise."
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said: "Mannada, a Legendary singer with a golden voice, that ruled our hearts for decades, will be missed by all. Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haye."
Dey died of cardiac arrest at around 3:50 am.
The singer was undergoing treatment at Narayana Hrudayalaya.
He was suffering from respiratory illness and renal failure and was in and out of the hospital for the past few months.
Dey´s body will be kept for public homage at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore. His last rites will be performed later in the day.
Born on May 1, 1919, Dey in Calcutta as Prabodh Chandra Dey. His nick name was Manna.
He made his debut as a playback singer in the film Tamanna in 1942, and recorded more than 4000 songs in different languages including Hindi, Bengali and Assamese.
The Indian government had honoured him with the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
His popular songs include ´Zindagi Kaise Hai Paheli´, ´Ami Je jalsaghare´, ´Hoyto Tomari Jonyo´ and ´Coffee Houser Shei adda ta aj ar nei´.
He is survived by his two daughters.
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