Manna Dey

Other names of Manna Dey: Prabodh Chandra Dey

Manna Dey is one of the greatest Indian classical singers who had training from his paternal uncle Sangeetacharya Krishna Chandra Dey ( K.C. Dey). He was instrumental in making Manna Dey’s career in Mumbai. K. C. Dey was a popular actor-singer-composer of New Theatres in Kolkata. When New Theaters closed down, K C Dey moved to Mumbai and Manna Dey accompanied him. Manna Dey had left for Mumbai with his uncle to make a career in singing but understood his pronunciation in Hindi was a major barrier to fetch him the singing career, hence he became assistant to music director for S D Burman and even H P Das. But he continued taking training from classical stalwarts, Ustad Aman Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan. Manna Dey got his first break to sing a song with Suraiya at the tender age of 11, which was composed by his uncle. But his solo song 'Upar Gagan Vishal’ from Mashaal (1950) become super hit and he stayed back in Mumbai. Later he sang innumerable songs that proved his versatility as a singer. He had a career of five decades and he went to sing songs in various languages but his songs in Bengali became more popular as his voice suited matinee idol, Uttam Kumar, very much.

Every song that he recorded for Uttam Kumar’s film became instant hit and he had a unique mass following. Manna Dey was a real perfectionist singer. He is the only singer who used to make notions before singing songs so that he could record a song after just one rehearsal. Manna Dey could sing every song that Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore or Talat had sung, but none could sing the song he had sung. Some of his most memorable songs in Hindi cinema include 'Poochho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitayee', ‘Tu Pyyar Ka Sagar Hai’, 'Laga Chunari Mein Daag', 'Aye Meri Zohra Jabeen', etc. His magical voice even impressed showman Raj Kapoor and thus Manna Dey could sing many duets and solo songs for Raj Kapoor films. The rain song ’Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua’ (Shree 420) is still the best song pircturised on Raj-Nargis.

This multitalented singer has sung in every language and has recorded over 3500 songs. He also did some private albums in Bengali too. He was a favourite singer for a composer like Sachin Dev Burman, Shankar-Jaikishan. He also had sung songs with Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh. Some of his Bengali songs are still immortal. This versatile singer was born in Kolkata on May 1, 1919, in Kolkata. He was married to Sulochana Kumaran and the couple had bonded for almost six decades. After his wife passed away in 2012 in Bangalore, Manna Dey became alone. The singer left this world on October 24, 2013, at his residence in Bangalore.

Hamza Akram Hindi Actor

Hamza Akram

Hamza Akram is based in Karachi and a renowned Sufi playback singer. He belongs to the illustrations family of Qawwali and classical music. Born on July 1, 1992, the singer was privileged to come from a family where his ancestors were singers and hailed from the ‘Delhi Gharana’ kind of music. When Hamza was 15 years old he started taking training to upgrade his vocal skills. He attributes to the fact that without support and teaching of his Ustaad Saam Sahab, it would not have been possible for him to perform at all. He also attributes his successful journey in musical career through the support of parents. Hamza learned to play the Harmonium from Saami Sahab. Later he joined the National Academy of Performing Arts and learned to play the piano to suit western trends in music. Hamza had matriculation level of learning from Eden Grammar School and his stage performance had tried to take it shape when was in school. Later, he participated in a competition organized by All Pakistan Music Conference in 2005 and won the first prize. This gave him enough confidence and he got many chances to release his album. His international album ‘Sada-e-Sufi’ has released from India but could not get released in Pakistan for want of private sponsor. The album in India was released through Times Music label in India. Even worldwide, the musical album 'Sada-e-Sufi' was released. He did not want the musical album to release in digital format as people prefer hearing qawwali song in CD format only in Pakistan. Hamza Ali had performed in 2016 in New Delhi at a concert titled ‘Taali Ho’ which was held on February 12-14, 2016.

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Mohammad Vakil

Mohammed Vakil, a younger generation playback singer, was noticed in the musical reality TV game show named ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’. In the year 1997, Mohammed Vakil was a participant but in 1998, he was declared the winner in this musical show. Noted playback singer Sonu Nigam was the host for the show when Vakil won the singing contest. This placed him in the world of playback singing, and he made his debut in films too. Mohammed Vakil was born at Jaipur in Rajasthan on January 25, 1976. He was born in a family of classical Ghazal singers. He gave his first stage performance at a young age of eight and later took a strong decision to establish himself as a singer. He was trained by his maternal uncles (Ustad Mohammed Hussain and Ustad Ahmed Hussain) who are Ghazal maestros. After his musical rigorous musical training, he won the musical (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa) contest. Later, his first album ‘Sapney’ hit the market. After which, he released two more albums, and every album had given some amazing Ghazals that can remain in the hearts of musical lovers still. In 2009, a musical video song ‘Keh Do Keh Do’ was sung by Mohammad Vakil for Sony Entertainment. After his musical albums had created a buzz in the industry, famous filmmaker, Yash Chopra signed him for his upcoming film ‘Veer Zaara’ which released in 2006. The film was a success for its poetic love story and one song ‘Aaya Tere Dar Par Deewana’ which was picturized on Preity Zinta and Shahrukh Khan. The music was composed by musician Madan Mohan. Thus, he got a chance to sing for a composition of veteran composer Madan Mohan. He had done rehearsals for this song at Yash Chopra’s residence and had impressed him. His musical journey has been very pleasing as he could perform many live programmes in front of Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Jasraj, Anil Biswas, Jagjit Singh, Kalayanji-Anandji, O.P. Nayyar, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Even Lata Mangeshkar has praised him for singing that remains one of his best memories till date.

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