Memories Come Alive

Memories Come Alive

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Author: Manna Dey
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 415
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143101935


For over sixty years now, Manna Dey has been synonymous with music and melody. Excelling across a variety of genres—film songs, ghazals, bhajans, classical and pop—he has regaled generations of listeners with his romantic ballads, zany rock ’n’ roll numbers, playful qawwalis and intricate raga-based songs.

In this book Manna Dey takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane—his early passion for wrestling and football; adolescent pranks which involved shoplifting sweets from a confectionery and pole-vaulting into the neighbour’s terrace to swipe pickle jars; and the influence of his uncle and guru K.C. Dey (the celebrated singer and composer of the 1930s). He recounts his early days in Mumbai as an assistant music director to his uncle and to composers like S.D. Burman and vividly recalls the struggle to carve a niche as a playback singer in Hindi films, competing with stalwarts like Rafi, Mukesh and Kishore Kumar. He also discusses at length his foray into the world of Bengali film and non-film music where he came to be regarded as the undisputed king of melody.

Peppered with interesting anecdotes like his kite duels with Rafi, priceless nuggets on how some of his famous songs came to be written and composed, stories of his enduring relationships with people like Raj Kapoor and Majrooh Sultanpuri, Pulak Bandopadhyay and Sudhin Dasgupta, and boasting of the most comprehensive list of his songs ever compiled, Memories Come Alive is this interesting-read not only for the legions of Manna Dey fans but also for connoisseurs of popular music in India.


Family tree



The beginning

My childhood days in Kolkata

Mumbai days

The women in my life

Singing my way to success

Summing up

Appendix 1:
Bengali film songs

Appendix 2:
Bengali non-film songs

Appendix 3:
Hindi film songs

Appendix 4:
Hindi non-film songs

Appendix 5:
Miscellaneous songs

Appendix 6:
As music director