Manna Dey – The Classical Singer

I was struggling as to who among playback singers should I pick up for the RMSG for May 1.. being an important day.. it is celebrated as World Labour Day.. and in the Hindi film industry Manna Dey and Balraj Sahni were born on this day.. Further in family too there are quite a few birthdays which fall on May 1.. Nitin in California, Renuka in Nerul and Pankaj (Pathak) in Gadarpur all celebrate their birthday today.. Wishing them all a great birthday.. Manna Dey became a strong choice as he did sing a couple of great songs for Balraj Sahni sahab..

Now the songs required a lot of juggling.. chart topper from Padosan had been left out as it was more of a Kishore Kumar song.. Two amazing duets with Lata Mangeshkar from Chori Chori had to be included.. One could not leave Na To Caravan Ki Talaash Hai.. even though it was a multi playback singer qawwali.. I am afraid I could not include Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke chalo.. And I do realise the exercise of picking best or most suitable sixteen songs is not always an easy exercise..
Post Script : I also extend my birthday wishes to Dr. Sanjay Gambhir (Lucknow), Shri Rakesh Auplish (Melbourne) and Dear Anat Magen (Israel) who were also born on May 1..

रुपये में सोलह गाने – मन्ना डे

• प्यार हुआ इकरार हुआ – चोरी- चोरी – लता मंगेशकर युगल
• तू प्यार का सागर है – सीमा
• कस्मे वादे प्यार वफ़ा सब – उपकार
• ये रात भीगी भीगी – चोरी-चोरी – लता मंगेशकर युगल
• लागा चुनरी में दाग – दिल ही तो है
• तुझे सूरज कहूं या चंदा – एक फूल दो माली
• ऐ मेरे प्यारे वतन – काबुलीवाला
• यारी है ईमान मेरा – जंज़ीर
• ऐ मेरी जोहरा जबीं – वक्त
• ना तो कारवां की तलाश है – बरसात की रात
• दिल का हाल सुने दिलवाला – श्री 420
• झनक झनक तोरी बाजे पायलिया – मेरे हुज़ूर
• पूछो न कैसे मैने रैन बिताई – मेरी सूरत तेरी आंखें
• चलत मुसाफिर मोह लियो रे – तीसरी कसम
• जिंदगी कैसी है पहेली – आनंद
• धरती कहे पुकार के – दो बीघा ज़मीन

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