The World Loses Another Great: SPB

Rest in Peace

SPOTLIGHT
Lashonde Lavelle Christian
September 25, 2020
2 minutes
It’s another sad day in 2020, as we mourn the loss of the great singer, actor, music composer, SP Balasubrahmanyam.

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Popularly known as Balu or SPB, the legendary singer who sang in over 40,000 songs passed away today from Covid-19. 74-year-old SPB had a long career of 55 years and was diagnosed with the deadly disease in the beginning of August.
Often used as a muse to Golden Globe winning composer A.R. Rahman, SPB was asked to sing in many of his films, including his debut ‘Roja’ in 1992. Besides Rahman, he also worked with other esteemed composers like Ilaiyaraaja, Rahul Dev Burman, Hamsalekha, M.M. Keeravani and M.S. Viswanathan.

He took a liking to music at a young age and even went on to win singing competitions during his schooling days. SPB’s dream was to be a singer, and so eventually he gave up his studies in engineering, to pursue it full time.
The singer who spoke 16 languages, made his debut in 1966 with the Telugu film ‘Sri Sri Maryadha Ramanna’. Besides songs from films, SPB who had no formal training in it, also left his footprints on classical music.
He composed music for about 45 films ranging from different languages of Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, as well as played character roles in over 40 films. During his grand life, he was also on-screen singing voice for several actors like Salman Khan, Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan.

Winning over 6 National Film Awards in India, the late SPB was privileged to be accorded with some of India’s highest civilian honors like the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
Fighting dearly for his life for almost two months, in his last message to his fans, he said “I have come here mostly to take rest”. And now, upon his passing, we can only hope that he has finally found that rest.
SPB is survived by his wife, Savitri; daughter Pallavi and son Charan.