Happy birthday Manna Dey: His 15 iconic songs

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 01, 2015 11:43 IST

Purists may scoff at it, but one of Bollywood's biggest icons, singer Manna Dey was also called India's very own 'classical pop singer'. When he passed away on October 24, 2013, he left behind an unmatched legacy of songs that have stood the test of time and feature on the playlist of any music lover. The long list of awards conferred on him, from the Padmashree (1971) and Padmabhushan (2005) to the Dadasaheb Phalke award (2007) among others, were a measure of his stature in the industry.

Manna Dey trained under classical stalwarts Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan, and began his career in playback singing with Tamanna in 1943. Over the years, he's lent his voice to a range of compositions, all of them catering to varied moods.

Friday, May 1, marks the 96th birth anniversary of this legendary singer, and here's our tribute to one of Bollywood's most towering figures: 15 of his most iconic songs:

1. Ae meri zohar jabeen (Waqt, 1965)

2. Laga chunari mein daag (Dil Hi to Hai, 1963)

3. Tu pyar ka sagar hain (Seema, 1955)

4. Ek chatur naar karke (Padosan, 1968)

5. Dil ka haal sune dilwala (Shri 420, 1955)

6. Chaddh gayo papi bichhua (Madhumati, 1958)

7. Tu chhupi hain (Navrang, 1959)

8. Zindagai kaisei hain paheli (Anand, 1971)

9. Yeh raat bheegi bheegi (Chori Chori, 1956)

10. Yeh Dosti (Sholay, 1975)

11. Kasme Waade Pyaar Wafa (Upkaar, 1967)

12. Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo (Mera Naam Joker, 1970)

13. Ye Ishq Ishq Hai Ishq Ishq (Barsaat Ki Raat, 1960)

14. Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna (Shaheed, 1965)

15. Yaari Hai Imaan Mera (Zanjeer, 1973)

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