When I actually got to see Manna Dey for the first time in television, I could not relate him to his very popular song 'Ae Meri Zohra Jabi'. Bespectacled, he appeared too serious to sing such a light hearted and mischievous song. Maybe this is the reason he remained elusive to many. While talking to my colleagues, the same thing was said- that he as a person was not known to them but his songs are ever present.
Many in a clichéd line would say that it was the magic of Manna Dey as only he could sing Zohra Jabi and then go on to 'Tu Payaar Ka Sagar' hai with equal finesse and craftsmanship. At 94, when we bid him goodbye, for my generation he was a man who excelled in a genre of music which is slowly becoming extinct. A genre of classical mixed so beautifully with the upcoming trend that they didn't sound high flown or traditional.
Today as the world bids good bye to him, many are focusing light on his achievements as a singer but to my generation he was one of the last links to the golden era, and for me, my Sunday will never sound the same without him.