Singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam who lent his mellifluous voice to some 40,000 songs throughout 1000’s of Indian movie soundtracks, died in Chennai on Friday after contracting coronavirus in August. He was 74.
Balasubrahmanyam was a frequent muse for Oscar-, BAFTA-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning composer A.R. Rahman, for whom he sang in quite a few movies, together with his debut, 1992’s “Roja.” Rahman shared a one phrase response on Twitter: “Devastated.”
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, often known as SPB, was born in Nellore in 1946. He displayed an early aptitude towards music and gained singing competitions whereas he was at college and college. He studyied to be an engineer, however finally gave that as much as pursue singing full time.
Balasubrahmanyam made his movie debut with 1966’s “Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna,” through which he sang a track within the Telugu language. He labored within the Bollywood Hindi-language mainstream and throughout India’s thriving regional cinema scene, and would go on to sing in all the foremost languages together with Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, English and Malayalam
Apart from Rahman, Balasubrahmanyam labored with virtually each main Indian composer together with Ilaiyaraaja, Rahul Dev Burman, Hamsalekha, M.M. Keeravani and M.S. Viswanathan. He had been the on-screen singing voice of a number of main Indian actors together with Salman Khan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna.
He gained the singer prize at India’s Nationwide Movie Awards six occasions, for 1979’s “Sankarabharanam,” 1981’s “Ek Duuje Ke Liye,” 1983’s “Saagara Sangamam,” 1988’s “Rudraveena,” 1995’s “Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai” and 1996’s “Minsaara Kanavu.” He has additionally been accorded a few of India’s highest civilian honors, together with the Padma Shri in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011. In 2016, he was anointed Indian movie persona of the 12 months on the Intl. Movie Pageant of India, Goa.
Balasubrahmanyam additionally had a profession as an actor and featured in almost 50 movies. Memorable roles embrace in “Mithunam,” “Thiruda Thiruda,” “Keladi Kanmani” and “Kadhalan.”
He’s survived by his spouse, Savitri; daughter Pallavi and son Charan.