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Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam!

Sep 25, 2020 14:09 IST

A life lived to the brim. Singer and actor SP Balasubrahmanyam who created magic in Bollywood over the years with songs like, Roop Suhana Lagta Hai, Dil Deewana, Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali, Pehla Pehla Pyar among many others is no more. Fondly known as SPB and Balu in the industry circles, Balusubrahmanyam was born into an orthodox Telugu Brahmin family in Andhra Pradesh. He took to singing as a hobby during his childhood and learnt to play instruments such as harmonium and flute on his own. The turning point in SPB's life came after he won a music competition for amateur singers in 1964, following which music director SP Kodandapani took him under his wing and the rest is history. Before SPB became an actor & a full-fledged singer, he also was a leader of a band, that had Ilaiyaraaja as a Guitarist and who later moved over to harmonium in it. Bala Subrahmanyam made his debut as a singer on December 15 in 1966, and with a career spanning over 40 years, he recorded over 40,000 songs in 5 different Indian languages, including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam. SPB has also given voice for various artists like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Salman Khan, Bhagyaraj, Mohan, Girish Karnad, Gemini Ganesh, Nagesh, Karthik, Raghuvaran, Vinodkumar among many others. SPB also holds the Guinness Book of World Record for having sung the most number of song recordings by any singer an award held by Lata Mangeshkar in the female category. He also holds the record of recording 21 songs in Kannada for the composer Upendra Kumar in Bangalore from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m on February 8, 1981. Among many other achievements, he also has a record of recording 19 songs in Tamil in a day, and 16 songs in Hindi in a day. SPB has 6 national awards to his credit and was conferred with Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011.