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'My Sundays will never sound the same without the legendary singer Manna Dey'
The song 'Coffee House-er shei adda ta aaj aar nai' made it into my life much before the name Manna Dey actually did. Every Sunday morning I would hear this mellifluous song peal out from the old rickety tape recorder and many more classics would follow in my aunt's place.

Unknowingly that voice became, for me, synonymous with Sunday. Now that Manna Dey is no more, I realized that I have not followed that ritual of listening to him for a long time and that old Sunday feeling is also lost.

In a strange contradiction, Manna Dey's name is lesser known to our generation but very few are ignorant of the songs he sang. Songs such as, 'Zindagi Kaisi hai paheli; 'Puchho na kaise maine rain betaiye' and the most famous 'ek chatura naar' would always remain some of the best songs in the film Industry.

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.

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