Renowned playback singer Manna Dey breathed his last at 3.52 am in a private hospital in Bangalore on Thursday. He was on treatment for respiratory problems for last few months.
His mortal remains were brought to Samsa open air theater on Ravindra Kalak Shetra premises for the public to pay last respects. Moments before the arrival of his body at Samsa, the skies opened up and amid heavy down pour, Dey was brought out and placed on a make shift stage.
Dey's son-in-law Jnan Deb, accompanied the body followed in a car by Manna Dey's daughter Sumitha Deb. Few of his close family friends were among the first to arrive and pay their respects.
Renowned singers from Kannada folklore Shomoga Subbanna, YK Muddukrishna, Hindustani vocalist Sangeetha Katti Kulkarni, Archana Udupa and MP & theatre personality B Jayashree also paid their last respects. Film artist Tara and director KSL Swamy, were among the celebrity guests to pay their last respects.
Sumitha, with whom Manna Dey was staying for last few years in Bangalore said that her father liked her cooking and always fondly call her Chum Chum, which will be missing from now on.
While Sumitha got emotional when friends and guests offered their condolences, she gained her composure later on and placed a rose on her father's body with a smile saying, "This is the last flower to you dad," before his mortal remains were shifted to a florally decorated palanquin which was taken to Hebbal crematorium for the last rites.
Some of his fans rendered songs like Kasme Vaade Pyar Mohabbat from Upkaar, Ae Malik Tere Bande hum from Do Aankhe Baara Haath. Many remembered his famous song Zindagi kaisi hai paheli hai from Anand.