Veteran playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday after suffering from a cardio-respiratory arrest at Chennai. He had been admitted at MGM Healthcare since August 5 when he tested positive for coronavirus. Ironically, before he tested positive for coronavirus, singer S P Balasubrahmanyam had composed and sung a Tamil song to create awareness about the deadly pathogen.
SPB in his lifetime as a music artist has given the nation innumerable tracks that are engraved in the hearts and minds of people of India. His sudden demise has left his fans and the entire Indian film industry in pain and grief. As news of his death broke, music maestro AR Rahman, singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle mourned his loss. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said with the demise of SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer. Many Indian film actors and music artists took to twitter to express their grief, and heartfelt condolences to the late singer’s family.
SPB held a Guinness World Record for singing 40,000 songs. Besides singing in movies across 16 languages including Tamil, Telugu Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi, SP Balasubrahmanyam also played significant roles in many films. His major movies include Keladi Kanmani (1990), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Kadhalan (1994), Ullaasam (1996) and others.
In a career spanning over five decades, SPB won six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and 25 Nandi Awards. The Government of India honoured the singer-actor with Padma Shri in 2001 Padma Bhushan in 2011.