India has lost a genius with Manna Dey's death: Sonia Gandhi

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Sonia Gandhi condoles Manna Dey's death
New Delhi, Oct 24: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed deep anguish over the death of legendary singer Manna Dey, saying India has lost a genius.

anna Dey sung over 3,500 songs throughout his career

She said that in the passing away of Dey, the nation has lost a veteran playback singer, a versatile artiste of extraordinary ability, and a creative genius who mesmerised listeners with his enchanting voice. Gandhi said that the legend will always be remembered and will continue to enthral music lovers forever.

Dey, who cast his musical spell for over five decades with all-time hits like 'ay mere pyara watan', 'laaga chunri me daag' and 'poocho na kaise', died at a hospital in Bangalore today at the age of 94 after prolonged illness.

Dey, who was in and out of Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital in the last five months for respiratory and renal problems, died of cardiac arrest at 3:50 AM. His daughter Shumita Deb and his son-in-law Jnanranjan Deb were by his bedside when the end came. His wife Sulochana died in January last year. His second daughter lives in the US.

Along with Rafi, Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar, Dey was the last member of the famous quartet of singers who dominated the Hindi music industry from 1950s to 1970s.

Born in Kolkata in 1919, Dey went on to sing over 3,500 songs in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada and Assamese films before quitting movies in the '90s.

His last song was 'Hamari hi mutthi mein' for 1991 film 'Prahaar'.

PTI

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