Subject: Manna Dey Program on Aug 25 at Chabot College, Hayward
Dated: Aug 15, 2000
Dear Member,


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Bay Area Prabasi is glad to announce that Manna Dey, the legendary
singer from India, is going to perform at Chabot College, Hayward
on Friday, August 25, 2000 from 8:30 pm.

ADMISSION FEES
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The general admission fee will be $20 per individual. Children under
5 years who do not occupy a seat will be admitted free.

The donor rate for occupying a seat within the first four rows
is $40.


MANNA DEY - HIS RISE TO FAME
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Prabodhchandra Dey was in two minds after graduating from
Vidyasagar College, Calcutta - whether to become a barrister or
a playback singer. He was under the mesmeric spell of his
illustrious uncle K.C. Dey, the well-known singer and popular
star of New Theaters. The uncle took the nephew under his
wings and the result was the phenomenon called Manna Dey
(petname 'Manna' was given by K.C. Dey), who would go on to
enthrall millions for five decades with his lifting songs that
refuse to age with time.

Manna Dey grew up to the soft strains of Baul songs,
Rabindra-sangeet, and khayal. K.C. Dey put his nephew through
the paces acquainting him with the subtleties of tappa, thumri,
bhajan and qawwali. With the disintegration of the New Theaters
in 1940, K.C. Dey left for Bombay in search of fresh pastures.
Manna joined his uncle and started off in Bombay as the assistant
to music director H.P. Das.

His first break came a year later when he recorded a solemn
number for the character of Valmiki in Vijay Bhatt's "Ram Rajya".
Years of struggle followed, at times compelling the talented singer
to wonder if his choice of career was the right one. He even
thought of coming back to Calcutta and take up his law.
However, "Upar Gagan Vishal", the marching song from
"Mashaal", turned into a super-hit and made him stay in the music
line. Soon, a string of hits followed which established his career
on a firm footing.

Manna Dey is a flawless singer who can sing any type of song.
From Qawwalis (Yeh Ishq Ishq hai) to romantic duets (Pyar hua
iqraar hua), fast numbers (Aaoo twist karen, Jhoomta mausam
mast mahina) to patriotic songs (Aye mere pyare watan) or
prayer numbers (Tu pyar ka saagar hai) -- he was the versatile
genius. His mastery over semi-classical geets was something,
which even the multi-faceted voice of Rafi could not match. "Laga
chunri mein daag", "Tere naina talaash karen", "Poocho na kaise",
"Aayo kahan se Ghanshyam", "Jhanak jhanak tori baaje
payaliya", "Phoolgendwa na maaro", "Aaj mile man ke meet",
"Tum bin jeevan" -- the list of his semi-classical hits is endless.
Being the versatile genius he was, he won the Filmfare award for
his toe-tapping number "Aae bhai zara dekh ke chalo" from
"Mera Naam Joker". The song happens to be one of the most
intricate compositions of Shankar-Jaikishen and it was the genius
of Manna Dey that made it sound so simple and fluent.

Even in his home state of West Bengal recognition came late in
the mid 60's. The Bengali audience were spellbound by the mellifluous
sweetness of Shyamal and the golden voice of Hemanta, and for
a long time had a closed ear on Manna. However, once he
established himself there was no looking back. His Bengali
compositions are all masterpieces -- 'Baaje go bina', 'Bendhona
phool-o-mala dore', 'Aami je jalsaghare', 'Kaharba noi dadra
bajao', 'Behaag jodi na hoy raaji', 'She amar chhoto bon' and of
course the immortal "Coffee Houser shei addata".

Belated recognotion and a low trajectory of his career graph
hardly bothers Manna Dey. "I was never in the top and honestly,
I never aspired to be in that race.", he admits. Stepped in the fine
tradition of New Theaters, his gentle low-key approach never
matched the pomp and pettiness of filmdom. 'Stubbornly unwilling
to croon to the vulgar ditties to the accompaniment of an
unwieldy orchestra, the veteran indulges in spending time in his
own music room recollecting the legacy of the Golden Era of Film
Music, his uncle and New Theaters.'

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CHABOT COLLEGE - DIRECTIONS AND TIME
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Address:
Performing Arts Center, Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545

Phone: (510) 786-6600

Time : 8:30 pm
Date : Friday Aug 25, 2000

Directions:
Chabot College Performing Arts Center is centrally located in the San
Francisco East Bay Area south of Oakland (in Hayward) near the
intersection of Hwy. 880 & Hwy 92 West (San Mateo Bridge).

From San Jose:
Hwy 880 North, exit Hwy 92 (San Mateo Bridge)
West, stay in Right hand lane and take first exit
Hesperian Blvd,  stay right to head North. You should now be
heading North on Hesperian Blvd. (from either of
the 3 directions). IMMEDIATELY Get over into the left hand lane,
left at 1st light (Depot Rd.), 2nd right into Parking Lot "F".

From San Francisco:
Hwy. 80 (Bay Bridge) East, Hwy 980 South, Hwy
880 South, Hwy. 92 West (San Mateo Bridge), stay
in right hand lane and take first exit Hesperian
Blvd. Stay right to head North. You should now be
heading North on Hesperian Blvd. (from either of
the 3 directions). IMMEDIATELY get over into the left hand lane,
left at 1st light (Depot Rd.), 2nd right into Parking
Lot "F".

Alternate from San Francisco:
Hwy. 101 South, Hwy 92 (San Mateo Bridge) East,
take Hesperian Blvd exit, turn left (North) at light.
You should now be heading North on Hesperian
Blvd. (from either of the 3 directions).
IMMEDIATELY get over into the left hand lane,
left at 1st light (Depot Rd.), 2nd right into Parking
Lot "F".


Bay Area Prabasi is committed to bring the best cultural programs
throughout this year. So, please join us to enjoy a memorable
evening of songs.

Sincerely Yours,

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 08/15/2000

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