This article has multiple issues. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. After the song “Upar Gagan Bishal” composed by Kripaluji maharaj books pdf hindi D Burman he saw success and went on to record more than 4,000 songs till 2013. His peak period in Hindi playback singing was from 1953 to 1976.
Dey was born to Mahamaya and Purna Chandra Dey on 1 May 1919 in Kolkata. He received his early education in Indu Babur Pathshala, a small pre-primary school. He started doing stage shows in school since 1929. Dey began taking music lessons from Krishna Chandra Dey and Ustad Dabir Khan.
During this period, he stood first for three consecutive years in three different categories of inter-collegiate singing competitions. Later, he assisted other music composers and then started to work independently. Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan. Incidentally, the producer of the film Vijay Bhatt and its composer Shankar Rao Vyas had approached K C Dey with an offer for playback in the film. When K C Dey refused the offer on the grounds that he would not lend his voice to other actors, they spotted Manna Dey sitting in the corner of the room and offered him the opportunity. Shankar Rao Vyas taught Manna Dey the songs and he chose to sing them in his uncle’s distinct style.
This established him as a leading playback singer in Bengali films and Marathi films as well by 1953. In the post independence period, after 1947, Manna Dey was regularly used by music composers Anil Biswas, Shankar Rao Vyas, S. Burman, Khem Chand Prakash, Mohd. Safi from 1947 to 1957. Though Anil Biswas worked with Dey in very few films, their songs remain famous. Manna Dey established his verstality between 1948 to 1954 by singing not only the classical based film songs but also singing such film songs which were fusion of Indian classical music and pop music and by giving classical music concerts. His experimentation with western music too produced many unforgettable melodies resulting in an increase in singing offers in films from 1955.
By 1954, Manna Dey became popular among musical circle across film industries of various Indian languages. Salil Choudhury worked with Dey from 1953 to 1992 in Hindi films and made Dey sing even in Bengali and Malayalam films right from the late 1950s to early 1990s. Parvarish, Dil Hi to hai, Awara, Sriman Satyavadi, Kal Aaj aur Kaal, Abdullah etc. In 1956, he sang with a new batch of singers.