The last rites and prayers for Manna Dey, one of Indian cinema's golden voices, have begun in Bangalore's Hebbal crematorium. Mr Dey died in a Bangalore hospital early this morning. He was 94.
This morning, Mr Dey's body was taken from the hospital to cultural centre Ravindra Kalakshetra, where friends and fans paid their last respects.
Mr Dey's was taken to ICU some days ago to be treated for respiratory illness and renal failure. He has been in and out of hospital the last few months and was on dialysis in September. His daughter Sumita said today that he finally died of a cardiac arrest.
Born Prabodh Chandra Dey in 1919 and known by his nickname Manna, he sang in many Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Punjabi and Bhojpuri.
Among Manna Dey's best loved Hindi songs were Ek Chatur Naar from Padosan, Zindagi Kaise Hai Paheli from Anand, Ae Meri Zohrajabeen from Waqt and Yaari Hai Imaan Mera from Zanjeer. He often sang for Raj Kapoor, and formed hit partnerships with composers Salil Chowdhury and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Manna Dey received the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards.
He is survived by his daughters Shuroma and Sumita. His wife, Sulochana, died of cancer last year.