My uncle [K.C. Dey] wanted me to be involved fully in classical music. I was really not interested. Classical music appeals to only a class of audience and it is very difficult to reach out to the masses. Music based on pure ragas and bandishes has limitations.
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Prabodhchandra was the real name given to me by my father Purnachandra Dey but I never ever liked it. ‘Manna’ was my nickname and my uncle and Guru- K.C. Dey, (the great blind singer of Bengal) always used to call me by that name. Somehow I liked that name and changed it officially when I reached college!