SINGER SP BALASUBRAHMANYAM PASSED AWAY AT 74
SP Balasubrahmanyam Legendary singer is no more. He was admitted to the Chennai hospital after COVID-19 positive. SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away today after an extensive battle with the coronavirus.
On August 5, SPB, as he was fondly called, announced through a video recording, which he posted on his Facebook page, that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and had admitted to a hospital. He had then said that he was getting admitted mostly “to take rest”. “I am in good health. Nobody has to concern about this one, so please don’t worry to call me to find out how I am,” he had said in the video, and added, “I am having a little discomfort and fever on and off. Otherwise, I don’t have any problem. But I don’t want to take it easy so I came to the hospital to get checked.”While his health had got worse during the second week in the hospital, he was slowly making progress, with his son, SP Charan informing his health status. Charan’s last update, on September 22, said he was making steady progress even though he was on a ventilator, and was keen to leave the hospital.
Unfortunately, the highly praised singer’s health worsened in the last 24 hours and he passed away today.
SPB made his singing debut in 1966 with the Telugu film Sri Maryada Ramanna, who was the most famous singer the country has ever seen.
Though he recorded his first Tamil song for MS Viswanathan for the unreleased film Hotel Ramba, his Tamil breakthrough came in 1969, in the form of Aayiram Nilave Vaa, composed by KV Mahadevan for MGR’s Adimai Penn. Iyarkkai Ennum IIayakanni from Shanti Nilayam (which he had recorded even before Adimai Penn) was released in the same year, and there was no looking back for the young singer. He soon became the sought-after singer across industries. His association with MSV and maestro Ilaiyaraaja cemented his status as a legend even in the 1980s.
He also was a respected actor, earning compliments for his great concerts in films like Manathil Uruthi Vendum, Thiruda Thiruda, Kadhalan, Minsara Kanavu, and Moone Moonu Varthai.
He also engages in recreation the leads in films like Keladi Kanmani and Sigaram. He was also a voice actor, dubbing for superstars like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, and Mohanlal in Telugu, and Anil Kapoor and Balakrishna in Tamil.
He has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages and got the Guinness World Record for recording the peak number of songs by a singer.
He won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer 6 times, the Filmfare Award seven times for his work across many industries, the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards 4 times, the Government of Andhra Pradesh’s Nandi Awards 25 times, and the Karnataka State Film Awards 3 times. He was also got the Padma Bhushan in (2011) and Padmashri (2001) from the Government of India.
He is lived with his wife Savithri and has two children — daughter Pallavi and son SP Charan.