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Manna Dey Dies: Bollywood Performer Who Sang 3,500 Songs Was 94

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 11:15 AM

Manna Dey, the legendary Bollywood performer credited with singing more than 3,500 songs over his career, died this week at a Bangalore hospital at 94.

BBC News reported that Manna Dey, born Prabodh Chandra Dey, had had been ill for the past few months and was in the hospital for a respiratory infection. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

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"I am deeply saddened to hear of the demise of the King of Melody, Manna Dey," India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. "An accomplished singer with a unique voice, he was multi-talented and excelled in Rabindra Sangeet and various other forms of popular music."

The Hindu reported Thursday that Manna Dey sang in as many as 16 different languages over his 70-year career. Most notably, he sung "Jayate Jayate Satyameva Jayate" for the film "Margadarshi" and "Kuhu Kuhu" for "Kalavathi."  

"He had sung for three Kannada films and would try to sing these songs in some of the functions he participated. He would associate himself with many social and cultural programs in Bangalore," Lahari Velu, owner of Lahari Music Audio Company told The Hindu. "People of Karnataka feel, he is one of them."

His most popular numbers included "Zindagi kaisi hai paheli" (Life, what a riddle it is) from the film "Anand;" "Poocho na kaise maine raen bitayee" (Don't ask how I spent my night) from "Meri Surat Teri Aankhen;" "Ek chatur naar" (A clever woman) from "Padosan;" and "Eey bhai zara dekh ke chalo" (Oh brother, look where you're going) from "Meraa Naam Joker."

He also sang Bollywood hits "Sholay" and "Amar Akbar Anthony."

Dey's fellow stars and fans took to Twitter to express their condolences.

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