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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: May 2021

Manna Dey – Chale Ja Rahein Hai…. – 1954 – 1955

Manna Dey, a.k.a. Prabodh Chandra Dey, (1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013) had sang more than 4000 songs in all languages. He has had some phenomenally successful romantic songs with almost all major actors of his times. But the lady luck seemed to bend upon ensuring him a ‘next-best’ place to him. The Hindi film industry considered Manna Dey too good for his own good. And in an industry once you are cast in a die, you remain stuck to that mold.

We commenced an annual series – Chale Ja Rahen Hai, from 2018 wherein we focused on remembering his relatively less heard songs on this platform. As has been our practice, we commenced our journey from the beginning of his singing career and have been progressing forwards in the chronological order. Till now we have covered his songs for the year(s)  

1942 – 1946 in our 2018 issue,

1947-1950 in the 2019 episode, and

1951 – 1953 in the2020 episode.

In the present episode, we will take up his les heard songs for the year 1954 and 1955. As far as possible, we have studiedly avoided his songs from the mythological films.

Even after success of Awara (1951) and Boot Polish and Do Beegha Zamin (both 1953), the flow of non-romantic songs has not ebbed during the year 1954.

Shamo Sahar Hai Sahar Hi Sahar – Danka (1954) – with Asha Bhosle and chorus – Aziz Hindi – Arshi Ajmeri

This is an inspirational song, one more of a genre for which Manna Dey was to be typecast.

Jhini Jhini Re Bhini Chadaria – Mahatma Kabir (1954) – Anil Biswas – Kabir (Traditional)

Anil Biswas has imparted his own touch to this traditional bhajan.

Sangeet Hi Shakti Iswar Ki … Bhagat Ke Bas Mein Hai Bhagwan, Mango Milega Sab Ko Daan – Shabab (1954) – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

This again is bhajan, set to semi-classical tune. Naushad, in a rare use of Manna Dey’s voice, has used Manna Dey’s voice quality to a telling effect.

Jati Jati Hai … Aaj Naiya Meri…. Nila Hai Akash Dharati Hari – Baadbaan (1954) – Timir Baran S K Pal – Uddhav Kumar

We have selected this song over more traditional bhajan, Jai Deva Ho (with Asha Bhosle), because it being based on a Bengali folk tune.

Ye Jag Rain Basera Bande, Na Tera Na Mera – Ilzaam (1954) – Madan Mohan – Rajinder Krishna

We have a film from Madan Mohan’s early part of the career.

A singer is seen passing on the road singing this song. However, that voice has struck some chord with Meena Kumari, who runs after the singer.

As such, we see even a relatively new entrant like Madan Mohan too using Manna Dey for such ‘niche’ song.

1955 had two another great success to Manna Dey’s credit – Shree 420 and Seema. Each of Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala, Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua and Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh represented a different genre and Manna Dey as Raj Kapoor was playback, as well as singer, was hugely popular in  each of these songs. Tu Pyar Ka Sagar Hai can be classified as prayer, for which Manna Dey was already in the process of being typecast. So, the great success of the song only went ton to fortify the strength of the cast.

Murli Manohar Krishna Kanhaiya, Jamuna Ke Tat Par Viraje Hai – Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1955) – With Ustad Amir Khan Saheb, Lata Mangeshkar – Vasant Desai – Diwan Sharar

Vasant Desai Has been using Manna Dey’s voice for a variety of songs. The present song is a semiclassical piece that has been used as a dance song. Manna Dey sings @ 4.48, for Gopikrishna who plays Krishna in this dance song.

The film had several more of Manna Dey songs. Of these, Mere Aye Dil Bata can be considered to be leaning towards romantic genre, while Gurur Brahma…. Rut Basant Aayi  Ban-Ban Upvan has more classical base even when the base feeling is that of Romance.

The music of the film was indeed highly successful, but that success was normally considered as an add-on to the over success of the film. So, neither Vasant Desai or even singers could make much of this success into far-reaching commercial success.

Chal Chal Paani Hamari Zindgani, Ye Chal Ke Rukna Jane Na – Amanat (1955) – with Asha Bhosle – Salil Chaudhury – Shailendra

Here too we have not considered a vicarious song, Chet Re Murakh Chet Re Avsar Bita Jaaye….Re Murarkh Tu Kya Jaane, filmed on an alms-seeking old man and his young companion couple . Such songs typically contain a message for the main character in the film.

The present song represents typical small celebrations in in a poor rural rea. Manna Dey comes in with alaap @1.40 and then takes over the next stanza on behalf of a village tradesman.

Aan Milo Aan Milo Shyam Sawarey – Devdas (1955) – with Geeta Dutt – S D Burman – Sahir Ludhyanavi

Here we have typical example of Manna Dey not being used as main singer in the film. In fact, he along with Geeta Dutt, seem to have been selected because the song is based on Baul Bengali folk tune.

Saajan Ki Ho Gayee Gouri – Devdas (1955) – with Geeta Dutt – S D Burman – Sahir Ludhyanavi

This is song which is being rendered by the same Boul singers as in the previous song, but Paro has now grown as an adult. The songs reflect the feelings of adult Paro, in the song by these singers. Manna Dey and Geeta Dutt very deftly reflect the mood the song.

Hosh Me Aa O Murakh Bandey – Kundan (1955) – Ghulam Mohammad   Shakeel Badayuni

This essentially a background song which leaves a vicarious inspirational message to the key protagonist. That seems to be the reason why Ghulam Mohammad, who has not used Manna Dey much, seems to have leaned towards choosing Manna Dey as playback voice for the song.

Ha Main Lanka Naresh …. Mere Dus Hai Shis – Insaniyat (1955) – with Mohammad Rafi – C Ramchandra – Rajinder Krishna

Here again Manna Dey sings for a character that plays Ravan in the is belle. The song has Agha in the focus, but he lip-syncs playback of Mohammad Rafi.

Naino Me Neer Liye, Hriday Mein Peer Liye – Oonchi Haveli (1955) – Shivaram Krishna – Bharat Vyas is again a background genre song for which I could not locate a YT link.

Similarly, Bharat Mata Ke Laadlo Mein Hove Na Ladai – Teen Bhai (1955) – with Laxmi Shankar – Arun Kumar – Bharat Vyas is an interesting composition, which is based on Baul folk music, deriving its main message form A Ramayana episode.

Manna Dey is his usual best even in these non-romantic songs. It seems that perhaps it was this versatility that led him to be cast a niche-singer who was perceived as being too versatile for the lead actor who was supposed to sing songs on the screen that common man on the street can also easily sing.

For Manna Dey fans, these songs are a treat to remember and for others these offer a glimpse of hidden treasure of Manna Dey’s songs


We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month next month too……..

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: May 2020

Manna Dey – Chale Ja Rahein Hai…. – 1951 – 1953

Manna Dey, a.k.a. Prabodh Chandra Dey, (1 May, 1919 – 24 October, 2013) could have been said to have not succeeded in the mundane meaning of the word. But it is also an equally undeniable fact that he can never be considered as an ‘also ran’ competitor. If he was acknowledged as No. 1 in the classical raag based songs genre, several of his solos and duets remain all-time classics across all other types of Hindi Film genres. If his Bengali film songs and NFS have yielded him a place of high respect in Bengali, his foray into several other languages like Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Punjabi, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi, Kannad, Malayali, Sindhi etc. remains well-respected in the respective languages. In so far as Hindi songs are concerned, it is not only the quality outcomes in terms of parameters like clarity of voice, purity of diction, fidelity of expressions and emotions that is accorded very high respect, it is also the quantity outputs, in terms of parameters like number of songs, number of active singing years, number of music directors and playback singers he worked with, number of awards bestowed on him remain well-respected. In fact, one will definitely find at least one Manna Dey song in each genre that is considered to be THE benchmark song.

We commenced an annual series – Chale Ja Rahen Hai, from 2018 wherein we focused on remembering his relatively less heard songs on this platform. As has been our practice, we commenced our journey from the beginning of his singing career and have been progressing forwards in the chronological order. Till now we have his

Starting from May 2019, till May 2020, we also took up a once-a-month series under the title Remembering Manna Dey to commemorate his centenary birth year. In this series we covered Manna Dey’s Songs for contemporary lead actors, Manna Dey’s comedy songs for Mehmood and Manna Dey’s comedy songs for other actors and comedians. As result, in our present series, we will not e include the songs that we have covered in these earlier series. As it so happens, that, still,  gives  us a very wide range of Manna Dey’s less heard songs to choose from.

Presently, we will recall here Manna Dey’s less heard songs for the years 1951 to 1953.

1951

1951 had Awara, which gave Manna Dey entry into RK Films. He got to sing, one song along with Lata Mangeshkar and chorus – Tere Bina Aag Ye Chandani  -wherein he voices the deep anguish of Raj Kapoor’s character. However, except for that, he still remains confined to religious films.

Bhole Nath Re Naiya Paar Laganewale – Shri Ganesh Janma (1951) – with Geeta Dutt – Khemchand Prakash / Manna Dey – Bharat Vyas

It seems that Manna Dey has been assisting Khmechnad Prakash in this film. Is that why the song seems to have been based on Bengal’s folk Baul singing style.

We also have a Ganesh Stotra  Jai Ganesh Deva (with Sulochana Kadam and chorus) from the film, which is said to be based on Raag Asavari Sarang, wherein Manna Dey sings only the opening mantra.

Jao Jao Aa Gaya Bulawa Jung Ka – Rajput (1951) – with Madhubala Jhaveri, Talat Mahmood – Hans Rah Behl – Bharat Vyas

The first part of the songs is a dialogue between the recently married couple, Wife, in the voice of Madhubala Jhaveri, encourages her husband to go for the war and the husband, in the voice of Talat Mahmood, keeps vacillating. Manna Dey comes in as the narrator – @2.06- who takes over the tale to inform us what has happened after this dialogue ended.

Vande Mataram – Andolan (1951) – with Sudha Malhotra, Parul Ghosh – Pannalal Ghosh – Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

The court room gets converted into an open defiance platform as the accused commences to the song.

Subah Ki Pahali Kiran Tak Zindagi Mushkil Mein Hai – Andolan (1951) – with Kishore Kumar – Pannalal Ghosh – Niaz Haider

Kishore Kumar is o raw here, both as actor and as singer. Manna Dey comes in @1.30 to sing for another character- the actor not identified by me- who is already in jail.

Asides: There was one more film by the same name, released in 1975, for which music was composed by Jadev.

1952

This should be one of the leanest years in the career of Manna Dey.

Jiyo Jiyo Mere Lal, Teri Tedhi Tedhi Chal – Maa (1952) – with Kishore Kumar, Arun Kumar – SK Pal – Bharat Vyas

The songs also is interesting as we get to see very young Bharat Bhushan (Kishore Kumar sings for him) , Sudesh Kumar, Asit Sen, and very lean, almost boyish Mehmood.. The song is set to a very hilarious situation. However, here too Manna Dey to o gets song his lines in the style of bhajan-singing @ 2.30

Asides: There were two more films with same name, one in 1960, for which Chitragupta composed the music and the other in 1976, for which Laxmikant Pyarelal have composed the music.

1953

1953 was to see two films – Boot Polish and   Do Bigha Zameen – that gave Manna Dey his ail time best, and even popular songs. The irony of fate was also lurking behind this success, in that the fame of these songs now cast Manna Dey in tow more types of songs – rural or downtrodden people songs and comedy songs.

1953 also gave Manna Dey songs to playback all the songs for main lead actor. And as irony of fate would have had, the hero of that film – Hamdard – Shekhar did not hit commercial success. The two part season specific raag medley based duet Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaaye Sakhi and Pee Bin Suna Ree  (Hamdard, 1953, – with Lata Mangeshkar – Anil Bishwas – Prem Dhawan) is still remembered.

Tera Haath Haath Mein Aa Gaya….Ke Chiraag Rah Mein Jal Gaya – Hamdard (1953) – Anil Biswas – Majrooh Sultanpuri

This is one is a song of pensive mood. The song is set o very complex tune.

Mere Man Ke Dhadkan Mein Koi Nache – Hamdard (1953) – Anil Biswas – Prem Dhawan –

The song is filmed as a stage song. The support activity on the stage is a dance, so the song essentially exudes feelings of happiness.

O Ghayal Karate Hai Khud Hi,Badal Gaya Rang Mehfil Ka – Hamdard (1953) – Anil Biswas – Prem Dhawan

The song is positioned as song rendered by artists in hotels etc. for the entertainment of the guests.

Naina Bhaye Anath Hamare…Jab Aankhe Hi Na Di Malik Ne To Dil Bhi Na Diya Hota – Hamdard (1953) – Anil Biswas – Prem Dhawan

The song is set to a qawwali style song, since it is filmed as fund raising stage show for charity organization.

Daata Tu Jaga Ka Tu Palanhar– Mahatma – Vasant Pawar – Ram Wadhavkar

Some authorities have recorded this song under ‘Other Male Singer’ category. A comment at the videoclip mentions ‘Prakash’ as the singer. However, since  http://www.mannadey.in/  and https://mannadey.weebly.com/ have included this as Manna Dey song, I have gone along with that.

Aas Ne Kitane Diye Jalaye ….Phir Bhi Ram Nazar Na Aaya – Mehmaan (1953) – Anil Bishwas – P N Rangeen

Flute is prominent in the prelude as well as interlude orchestration. It was considered customary that most of the major flute recitals in Anil Biswas songs were played by Pt.  Pannalal Ghosh,

Asides: There was a film by the same name prior to this, in 1942, for which music was composed by another stalwart, Khemchand Prakash and one film afterwards, in 1974, for which Ravi had composed the music.

Chali Radhe Raani, Akhiyon Me Paani – Parineeta (1953)– Arun Kumar Mukherjee – Bharat Vyas

Here is one more song that did get very wide acceptance then, and even now. This is Bengali folk style – baul – singing. The clip here has included both the versions of the song. Manna Dey’s clarity in expressing the emotions of the situations come out very clearly in these two versions. First one is a happier version, with Manna Dey playfully navigating the lyrics. The second one is of not-so-happy times, with Manna Dey so delicately caressing the feelings that lyrics express.

Asides: ‘Parneeta’ was filmed afresh in 2005. For which music was composed by Shanatnu Moitra

Sahi Ki Zanjire Todate Chalo – Shaneshah (1953) – S D Burman – Sahir Lughyanavi

After hiatus of three years, S D Burman has called up services of Manna Dey’s voice for this march-tune based song that seems to entice throwing off the shackles of authoritarianism and the high-handedness of the tormenting ruling class..

Krodh Kapat Ke Andhiyare Ne – Armaan (1953) – S D Burman -Sahir Ludhyanavi

S D Burman again chooses Manna Dey’s voice for this background songs.

Raat Ke Raahi Thak Mata Jaana Manzil Teri Ab Door Nahi – Babla (1953) S D Burman – Sahir Ludhyanvi

One more inspirational song comes to the fold of Manna Dey. The song did become very widely accepted so unintentionally hardening up his type-cast mold.

The songs has a Lata Mangeshkar twin version as well.

Sonewale Jaag Jara, Kyun Samay Suhana Khota Hai – Surang  (1953) – with Sulochana Kadam – Shvram Krishna – Shewan Rizvi

The film relates to a period where some of the casts, essentially the poor ones, had to stay away from the main town. These people normally would get together in  the evening and .would entertain themselves with songs or dance that would also give people a message for good living.

Chal Dil-e-Majbur, Is Zulm Ki Duniya Se Door – Surang  (1953) – with Sulochana Kadam – Shvram Krishna = Shewan Rizvi

This is song of pathos, but we get to listen Manna Dey in a quite different style, even though it is actually filmed on a community elder on the screen.  The singer so effectively voices the feelings of the hero that hero (Vinod Kumar) gets attracted to the congregation where the the elder of the community is singing the song.

Apart from these, we also can listen to some more songs in the audio clip form @ https://mannadey.weebly.com/  a site created by S P Chatterjee-  This site seems to be following the http://www.mannadey.in/    site, and has made available digital audio versions of as many songs as could have been located. The songs for which such audio digital link is not seen here, I have not mentioned in this post.

Our journey into the Hindi film Songs career of Manna Dey will move to the next milestone in the net (year) episode.

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: May, 2019

Manna Dey – Chale Jaa Rahein Hai…. : 1947 – 1950

Manna Dey, a.k.a. Prabodh Chandra Dey, (1 May, 1919 – 24 October, 2013) had established himself as the playback singer with his own distinct style in the very initial years of his career in the ‘40s. The second half of ‘40s – from 1947 to 1950 – further consolidated that image. This was also the period when other male and female playback singers who were to play dominant roles in the subsequent decades of 50’ and ‘60s were also simultaneously visible in the sky of HFM. ‘40s laid the foundation that established that range of Manna Dey’s vocal prowess would become a standard that these and the those who were to follow would always aspire to reach.

However, for the records, it needs to be recorded that it was his that versatility that led the music directors to offer him songs that were difficult. The fact that he made these difficult compositions sound simple enough probably never created ‘THE’ hero’s voice.

We have listened to Manna Dey’s songs for the year 1943 to 1946 in our May 2018 episode. We would take up Manna Dey’s songs from 1947 to 1950 in this episode today.

For the purpose historical records, the present four years of 1947 to 1950 have given us Manna Dey’s maiden duets with Meena Kapoor (Chaltey Chaltey, 1947), Shamshad Begum (School Girl, 1949), Lata Mangeshkar (Narsinh Avtar, 1949), and Geeta Dutt (Ram Vivah, 1949). Even as he used to assist S D Burman from the initial days of the music director, Manna Dey recorded his first song under S D Burman’s baton in Mashaal (1950).

Suno Suno He Nar Nari – Age Badho (1947) – Sudhir Phadake – Amar Varma

This is a song wherein Manna Dey provides the backstage voice for the song narrative of the play being enacted on the stage.

Asides:

There is another song, a duet – Sawan Ki Ghatao Dheere Dheere Aana– which had become very popular then and is till well-remembered. The records clearly mention Manna Dey as the male singer, but the listeners seem to be equally convinced that it is Rafi.

Apne Hi Rang Mein Rang Daro – Geet Gobind (1947) with Rajkumari – Gyan Dutt – Pandit Indra

Gyan Dutt has used Manna Dey’s voice as the lead male voice for the film. The songs of the film had become quite popular too. This very unique opportunity seems to have dysfunctionally cast Maana Dey as the singer for classical based songs.

Ham Tere Hai Hamko Na Thukarana O Bharat Ke Bhagwan Chale Aana–   Ham Bhi Insaan Hai (1948) – H P Das, Manna Dey – G S Nepali

In the very initial years of Dev Anand, Manna Dey seems to be have been used as his playback voice.

Wo Ghar Ghar Ke Diye Bujhakar Bane Hue Dhanwan – Ham Bhi Insaan Hai (1948)– H P Das, Manna Dey – G S Nepali

In Part 1, Manna Dey sings in the lead, with an unknown female artist and chorus in the company.

In Part 2, Manna Dey play perfect foil to the silhouette pensive mood of the song.

Jai Shiv Shankar Gauri Shankar – Jai Hanumaan (1948) – Bulo C Rani  Pandit Indra

No wonder Manna Dey gets type cast for such songs.

Humne Tumhare Ishq Mein Marke Dikha Diya – Gajre (1948) – Anil Biswas – G S Nepali

With this romantic song, Anil Biswas certainly adds to variety of songs that Manna Dey could sing so comfortably. This is the only male song in the films, so we may presume that it will have been filmed on Motilal, the main lead actor.

Chal Tu Preet Nagariya Rahi – Veena (1948) – Anil Biswas – Prem Dhawan

The song is a pensively romantic mood song, which may have been filmed as a background song.

Duniya To Ye Kaheti Hai Insan Kahan Hai – Lahore (1949) – Shyam Sundar  Rajiner Krishna

Manna Dey gets one more background song. However, the song is quite difficult one .

Lapat Ke Pat Pahaney Bikral – Narsinh Avtar (1949) – with Lata Mangeshkar and chorus – Vasant Desai –

The song is a dance song but set to a difficult composition. The song is a maiden Manna Dey – Lata Mangeshkar duet, which is set to give us 102 more.

Dhanya Dhanya Hai Awadhpuri – Ram Vivah (1949) – with Geeta Roy (Dutt) – Shankar Rao Vyas – Moti M A

This song goes down the records as the maiden Manna Dey and Geeta Roy (Dutt) duet. They have 26 more duets to their account.

Duniya Ke Logo Lo Himmat Se Kaam – Mashaal (1950 – with chorus – S D Burman – Pradeepji

Manna Dey gets one more opportunity to manifest his tonal range, but for a ‘beggar’ song, composed by S D Burman to the Bengali folk ‘baul’ tune.

Upar Gagan Vishal Neeche Gahar Paatal – Mashaal (1950) –  S D Burman – Pradeepji

Mashaal helped S D Burman much needed toe-space to anchor his career in the HFM. Even as he had used Arun Kumar Mukherjee as playback to the male lead, Ashok Kumar, it this song that earned the credit of being the game-changer. Manna Dey again is at his tonal variety best, even as the song is filmed more as a background song.

Here are the songs for which we have audio links, thanks to SP Chatterjee’s exhaustive blog compilation of Manna Dey’s songs-

I have not been able to locates soft copies /links to the following songs:

    • Aaj Bhar Aayi Bhar Aayi Hai – Chalte Chalte (1947) – with Meena Kapoor – Khemchand Prakash – Lalchand Basant Peshwari – This Manna Dey’s maiden duet with Meena Kapoor. Unfortunately, we do not have a soft link of this song on the net.
    • Chhod De Likhna, Lekh Bidhata – Kaun Hamara (1947) – Bulo C Rani – Pandit Indra
    • Jag Andha Jagwale Andhe – Aap Beeti (1948) – Haribhai – Hasrat Lakhanavi
    • Bhool Ja, Ab Woh Zamanaa Bhool Ja and Phir Mere Armano Ki Ujadi Hui Hai – Asha – Hari Bhai – L Meghani
    • Jao Ram Siya Ram – Ramban (1948) – Shankar Rao Vyas – Neelkanth Tiwari
    • Phoolon Ka Sapna Dekhanewale – Girls School –(1948) – With Shamshad Begum – Anil Biswas, C Ramchandra – Vishwamitra Adil
    • Narayan Ka Naam Nirala – Bhagwan Shri Krishna (1950) – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Fani
    • Naina Lage Ke Pi Ki Or – Ram Darshan (1950 – ? – Ramesh Gupta

The site exclusively dedicated to Manna Dey mentions one score on Manna Dey’s account in ‘Mahal’ (1949), but does not have any details relating to the lyrics etc.

To end the post with Mohammad Rafi’s song, which would necessarily be a duet with Manna Dey, we shall have to move away for the present scope of 1947-1950 period.

Le Lo Babu Pudiya Ye Jaadu Waali Pudiya  – Madan Manjari  (1961) – Sardar Malik – Hasrat Jaipuri

Even as this being an audio version, we do not have access to know as to who lip sings for the two singers, we can enjoy both the singers matching notes to notes to mood of the song.

 

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: May, 2018

Manna Dey – Chale Jaa Rahein Hai….:1942 – 1946

Manna Dey, a.k.a. Prabodh Chandra Dey, (1 May, 1919 – 24 October, 2013) is considered as one of the most versatile and a highly talented playback singers of Hindi Film Music. In his school days, he was getting trained to become a wrestler. He even reached the finals of the All Bengal Wrestling Competition. But destiny has scripted a different career path for him.  in 1942, he tagged along to Bombay with his paternal uncle, K C Dey and opened up gate way to a very long career of playback singing. He has given voice to 4000+songs in Hindi, Bangla, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Punjabi, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi, Kannad, Malayali, Sindhi etc. He has been associated with more than 102 music directors in Hindi films and had had sung duets with most of his contemporary singers.

It is said that his career got a real boost with Upar Gagan Vishal (Masahal, 1950). It got the further momentum to reach the escape velocity, by his two duets in Do Bigha Zameen (1953) under the baton of Salil Chaudhary. In the intervening years he had had excellent songs with Shankar Jaikishan (Aawaraa, 1951) too. He has recorded as many as 758 songs in the period off 1953 to 1969 – more than half of his entire Hind Film songs in an active career that spanned from 1942 to 1992.

There would be no dearth of his very poplar, as well as highly-quality-merited songs to run a long series of annual articles to commemorate his memory. However, in the spirit of bringing up of one page the songs that have faded up in the deep recess of memories, we will take up Manna Dey’s less heard or simply lost in the memory songs.

We begin our journey of remembering Manna Dey’s songs that have faded away from our memories with his maiden (duet) song from Tamanna (1942).

Jaago Aayee Usha Panchhi Boley – Tamanna (1942) – with Suraiya – K C Dey – S K Kalia

Suraiya, barely 13 years old in 1942 had already a hit song – Panchhi Jaa Pichche Raha Bachpan Mera (Sahrda, 1942) in her record book. Their simultaneous rendering of line @ 00.40 in the present song, blends Suraiya’s very adolescent voice with that of Manna Dey in very low octaves.

Gayi, Tu Gayi, Tyagmayi, Tu Gayi, Teri Amar Bhavna Amar Rahi – Ram Rajya (1943) – Sahnkar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

It is said that Prakash Bhatt, producer, and Shankar Rao vyas, music director, of the film, Ram Rajya, had come to K C Dey to sing the songs for the film. K C Dey did not sing for others, so the songs went to Manna Dey.

The film has two more solos of Manna Dey – Ajab Vidhi Ka Lekh Kisi Se Padha Na Jaye and Dur Dur Nagariya Teri.

Bhula Bhatka Path Hara Man Sharan Tumhari Aaya, Kah Do He Gopal – Jwar Bhata (1944) – With Parul Ghosh – Anil Biswas – Narendra Sharma

“Jwar Bhata’ is the maiden film of Dilip Kumar. Manna Dey also gets into the orbit of the-then known music directors, like Anil Biswas, but is yet to get to sing for the main lead actors.

O Prem Diwani Sambhal Sambhal Kar Chalna – Kadamabari (1944) – Anil Biswas – Narendra Sharama

Anil Biswas seems to have commenced experimenting with Manna Dey’s voic, in line with his strategic intent to evolve a totally different modern style of music as compared to the theatrical style of the Vintage Era.

Kyun Jaane Apne Banten Hain Begaane -1 & 2 – Meena 1944 – with unidentified female singer – Hari Prasanna Das – Pandit Phani

The songs has very distinct Manna Dey’s now-well-known own singing style.

Ye Rang Birangi Dor Hai – Mazdoor (1945) – with Ammrbai Karnataki –  H P Das – G S Nepali

Mannaa Dey has been made to revert to typical vintage era style of singing.

Hai Gagan Mein Badal Theare Hue – Vikramditya (1945) – With Rajkumari – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

The song had been quite popular in those days. The heavy bass of female singers of Vintage Era is so evident in Rajkuamri;s voice too, whereas we get to listen Manna Dey’s voice that we have known in 60s.

Ek Chakori Dev Se Apne – – Vikramditya (1945) – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

The association with Shankar Rao Vyas has now yielded Manna Dey position of the principal lead male playback singer. The film has 4 more Manna Dey solos and one group song which is a prayer.

The soft digital copies of these other songs are not available on net.

Priye Ek Baar Man Mandir Mein Tum Rum Zum Karati Aana – Mera Geet (1946) – with Geeta Roy – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

Ye Jag Matlab Ka Hai Dera Kyon Kahata Hai Mera Mera – Rupa (1946) – Govind Ram – Ram Murty

Manna Dey sings a religious-flavored ‘filler‘song in vintage style.

Ram Naam Se Man Ke Ho Jaat Hai Shudhdha Vichar – Valimiki (1946) – Shamkar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta M A

Shankar Rao Vyas has used Manna Dey’s voice in background.

I have sourced soft links of following songs from ‘mannadey.weebly.com/’:

Har Ek Kadam Sochke – Bisvin Sadi (1945) – Pannalal Ghosh

Pardes Musafir Jata Hai, Utha Hai Abodana – Dil (1946) –[Manna Dey gets credit as Prabodh Dey] –  Zafar Khursheed – Shams Lakhanavi

Allah Khata Kya Thi – – Dil (1946) – [Manna Dey gets credit as Prabodh Dey] – Zafar Khursheed – Shams Lakhnavi

Naino Ke Badal Baras Rahe – Insaf  (1946) – H P Das – D N Madhok

  • O Duniya Jara Sun Le – Kamla (1946) – With Amirbai Karnataki – Gyan Dutt

The songs for which I could not locate YT or other soft links:

  • Yeh Prem Ki Reet – Kavita (1944) – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta
  • Raj Dwar Pe Baj Uthi Sahanai – Maha Kobi Kalidas (1944) – SreedharPalsekar – Ramesh Gupta
  • Din Aaye, Din Jaaye – Maha Kobi Kalidas (1944) – Sreedhar Palsekar – Ramesh Gupta
  • Kya Julm Kabhi Jeet Gaya.. Jeet Hamari Hai – Mazdoor (1945) – H P Das – G S Nepali
  • Paritranayam Asdhunam…Avtar Liya Jug Jug  – Prabhu Ka Ghar  (1945) – Khemchand Prakash – Pt. Indra
  • Tum Nath Ho Phir Main Anath Hun Kyon –  Jug  – Prabhu Ka Ghar (1945) – Bulo C Rani – Pt.Indra
  • Kyun Rooth Gayi Maa Dharti – Dharti (1946) – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
  • Dil Churaney Ke Liye – Door Chalein (1946) – [Manna Dey gets credit as Prabodh Dey] –  K C Dey
  • O Ji More Balamwa – Insaf (1946) – with Raj Kumarri
  • Aye Naujwan Veerat Ki Hai Kasauti Aaj – Mera  Geet (1946) – Shankar Rao Vyas –Ramesh Gupta

In our established tradition of the ending each of our post with a relevant Mohammad Rafi song, I have located a Sonik-Omi composed duet with Manna Dey from an unreleased film. The song does not strictly belong to the period that we have chosen for the present post. :

Hamane Maana Ki Ham Hai

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

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