"I am deeply saddened to hear of the demise of the King of Melody, Manna Dey. An accomplished singer with a unique voice, he was multi-talented and excelled in Rabindra Sangeet and various other forms of popular music," he said in his condolence message.
    
Singh said in his death, the music world has lost one of its most talented artistes. "Dey's legacy will, however, live on through the many songs he sang. I share his family's grief," the Prime Minister said.
    
President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death of the legendary singer and said that India has lost a "creative genius".

In a condolence message to the singer's daughter Sumita Deb,  the President said, "In the passing away of Shri Manna Dey, the nation has lost a veteran playback singer, a versatile artist of extraordinary ability, and a creative genius who mesmerised listeners with his enchanting voice."

"The unique style of singing of this multi-talented singer shall always be remembered. The melodious songs sung in several languages that he has left behind will continue to enthrall music lovers forever," he said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed deep anguish, saying India has lost a genius.
    
She said that in the passing away of Dey, the nation has lost a veteran playback singer, a versatile artiste of extraordinary ability, and a creative genius who mesmerized listeners with his enchanting voice.


    
Gandhi said that the legend will always be remembered and will continue to enthral music lovers forever.

Union Minister Manish Tewari took to the Twitter to express his condolences. He tweeted, "Deepest condolences on the sad demise of Manna Dey. His voice and unique style enthralled a whole generation. Another legend has left us."
    
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar fondly remembered her association with singer Manna Dey and said she salutes his dedication and spirit.
    
The two have collaborated on innumerable hits like 'Pyaar Huaa Ikraar Huaa', 'Chunari Sambhal Gori Udhi Chali', 'Yeh Raat Bheegi-Bheegi', 'Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni Men' among others.
    
"Today, great classical singer Manna Dey sahab, who we fondly called Manna da, is not among us anymore. He had a very pleasant and easy personality. He was very dedicated to his work. I salute him and pray that his soul rests in peace," Mangeshkar reminisced on Twitter.

Recalling her first song recording with the legendary singer, she said, "As far as I remember I sang composer Anil Biswas' classical song with him in the year 1947 or 1948. It was the first time we worked together."

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