The veteran singer passed away on Friday at age 74 following his hospitalization on August 5. SP Balasubrahmanyam’s album Govinda Govinda and Pahi Venkatesha is the perfect Purtassi playlist for your Saturday prayer to Lord Venkateswara.
SP Balasubrahmanyam is the recipient of six National Awards for Best Playback Singer for his songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. The Guinness World of Records names SPB responsible for recording the highest number of songs by a singer at 40,000 songs.
As the fasting season of Purtassi is underway, SP Balasubrahmanyam’s album Govinda Govinda is a perfect playlist for your Saturday prayer to Lord Venkateswara.
Best of Kodambakkam with Indian Spice, SPB takes us down memory lane as he reminisces over Diwali and sings a few tracks that come to mind. Watch and find out how SPB felt about Diwali celebrations over the years in the Simply SPB series.
The magic of SP Balasubrahmanyam
While SPB made his debut with the Telugu film, Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna in 1966, the singer established his credentials as a playback singer in all the major languages across south – Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam, in the late 60s itself. It was the 1980 Telugu film Sankarabharanam, that shot him to singing stardom. The iconic musical drama directed by K Vishwanath won SPB his first National Award for playback singing.
After the huge success of Sankarabharanam, there was no looking back. SPB along with female playback singer S Janaki under the baton of music director Ilaiyaraaja reigned over the Tamil film music charts for years. Films such as Saagara Sangamam, Swathi Muthayam and Rudraveena made Balasubrahmanyam the most sought after singer in the film industry. In his first innings in the Hindi film industry, SPB had become the voice for Kamal Haasan. After Ek Duuja Ke Liye, SPB recreated the magic for Haasan’s on-screen romance with Dimple Kapadia in Ramesh Sippy’s Saagar.
But his second innings as Salman Khan’s playback singing voice was a much bigger success. Salman made his debut as a lead actor in Rajshri Productions’ Maine Pyar Kiya, the musical romantic drama released in 1989 with 11 songs. Most of these numbers were duets featuring Balasubrahmanyam and Lata Mangeshkar. Maine Pyar Kiya was a blockbuster and the soundtrack was immensely popular setting record sales of audio cassettes for HMV.