Manna Dey. The man who is the icon of classical singing in Hindi filmsBut it was not merely classical songs that he mastered, he was as versatile as any of the greats of Hindi films, probably
even more.Even though Manna Dey has been a very versatile singer mastering every aspect of film songs, he has been best known for his mastery over classical and semi classical film songs. Hence, let me start the list with some of his gems in this category.
Laga chunri mein daag
Talk of Manna dey and dont start with this gem.. yeh to ho nahin sakta. Probably the most well known classical song in Hindi films, Manna Dey sang it to perfection.
Lapak jhapak tu aa ri (Bootpolish)
When comedy gets mixed with classical singing and brings out a whole range of emotions in the actors, then that has to be a masterpiece. One must listen to this song on a rainy day to get its real beauty. ...more
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Very difficult to "Zero Down" on any one of the long list, but "Ae mere pyare watan, ae mer bichhadey chaman, tujhpe dil qurbaan..." has been my all time favorite for the pain infused by Manna Dey in this song and the beautiful lyrics. " Another one "Ae meri Zohra Zabin..." is one of the best renditions of Manna Dey. And how can I leave "Laaga Chunari Mein Daag...". The list continues. Manna Dey is one of the Gems we fortunately have with us.