A discovery and celebration of one such voice is Sripathi Panditharadhyula Balasubrahmanyam. His music transcends all barriers - linguistic, geographical and chronological. He is a phenomenal success and incredibly talented. He is S.P.
BALASUBRAHMANIYAM, popularly known as Balu. SPB took the Indian film music scene by storm in 1979 with his phenomenally successful rendition for the movie SHANKARABHARANAM. He won his first National Award for the same and came the international fame. After this, there was no looking back. He consistently topped the Indian musical charts. He has none of the airs of a star.
His warm, vibrant nature and almost childlike innocence is infectious. He does not obtrude his presence on others and does give people due respect. He has a magnetic stage presence and enthralls the audience with an exceptional performance, inspiring the other singers to match his emotions and energy with a mesmerizing voice and passionate singing style. An easy-going person, Balu can be bubbly and charming with any age group. Balu was born on June 4, 1946, in Konetampet, then in Andhra Pradesh, now in Tamil Nadu.
His father, Sri. S.P. Sambhamurthy was a fine musician and an excellent exponent of "Harikatha" (a fine art form of entertainment combined with music and story telling). Blessed with an adorable voice and impeccable musical skills, SPB was never trained to be a singer. A young, Telugu-speaking lad from Andhra Pradesh, like any other boy his age was studying to pursue a career in Engineering.
He had a natural flair for singing and participated in most of the singing contests from college. In one such contest, was spotted by his mentor the late, Sri. S.P. Kodandapani.
Balu won the first prize and walked out with his first break to sing in the film "SRI SRI SRI MARYADA RAMANNA" in 1966. Thus began a legendary career which became history. Before he became a full fledged cinema singer, Balu was the leader of a light music troupe that comprising * Anirutta, who was working in Corporation and was the harmonium artist * Ilaiyaraaja who joined the group as Guitarist and then moved over to harmonium after Anirutta became busy in his regular job * Baskar, Ilaiyaraaja's brother who was in charge of Percussion * Gangai Amaran another brother of Ilaiyaraaja who was the Guitarist after Ilaiyaraaja moved over to Harmonium Balus first break in Hindi films was EK DUJE KE LIYE. Subsequently, he created history by bagging the National Award for his first song in the first Hindi movie. So far, Balu has sung over a record 36,000 plus songs in a span of 39 years, in all languages which include several albums of contemporary Indian music, private albums for devotional songs and movies. It is amazing to see the ease with which Balu can render his voice for any language namely, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Tulu, Oriya, Assamese and Punjabi. There has been no arena of music left for experimentation. * From singing to composing was a short leap, compiling music for 45 films in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi. * Dubbing for south Indian stars is another venture that brought him recognition for his deep and astounding voice.
He even received the best dubbing artiste award for ANNAMAYYA for lending his voice to Suman, who played Lord Balaji in the movie. * He has also successfully portrayed character roles in as many as 45 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada Awards & Achievements PRESTIGIOUS TITLES Year Title Presented by 2001 PadmaShree Award President of India K.R. Narayanan 1999 Doctorate from Pottisreeramulu University (A.P). Governor Rangarajan. NATIONAL AWARDS Year Name of the movie Language Song Music Director Producer 1996 Minsara Kanavu Tamil Thanga Thamarai Magalae A.R.Rahman A.V.M.Saravanan 1995 Gana Yogi Panchakshara Gavayi Kannada Hamsalekha 1988 Rudra Veena Telugu Cheppaalani Undi Illayaraja Nagendra Babu 1983 Sagara Sangamam Telugu Illayaraja Edida Nageswara Rao for Poornodaya Films 1981 Ek Duje Keliye Hindi Tere Mere Beech Mein Laxmikant Pyarelal L.V.Prasad 1979 Sankarabharanam Telugu Om Kaara Nadaanu K.V.Mahadevan Poornodaya Art Creations STATE AWARDS Year Title Presented by 2002 Best Playback Singer - Nandi Award Andhra Pradesh Government 2000 Best Playback Singer Award Tamil Nadu Government 2000 Andhra Pradesh Government Award - Received 10 times Andhra Pradesh Government 1981 Kalai Mamani Tamilnadu Government OTHER AWARDS Month & Year Title Presented by April, 2002 'Rashtriya Vikas Shiromani Award (Life time)' in 2002 Delhi Telugu Academy's August, 2002 "Dr. Bezawada Gopala Reddy Award" given during a function in Nellore January, 2002 Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas' award in 2002 September, 2002 Life time Achievement Award "Play back King" TVS Victor Aalaapana Music Awards August, 2001 Sangeeta Ganga award in 2001 Rani Satish (Minister of State for Kannada and Culture) January, 2000 Innumerable Awards from Magazines & Associations fostering films January, 2000 Mia Tansen Award Sur Singar Sanjad (Bombay) for best classical rendition of a song from 'Tere Payal Mere Geeth' composed by Naushad Sab January, 1990 Film Fare Award for the film 'Maine Pyar Kiya' ACHIEVEMENTS # Has recorded over 39,000+ songs in a span of 40 years, which include film songs and devotional numbers recorded by various recording companies of the country.
It's a world record which will be soon entering into the Guinness Book of World Records. # Has recorded 17 songs in Kannada for the composer Upendra Kumar in Bangalore from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. on February 8, 1981 which is a record. # Has recorded 19 songs in Tamil in a day, and 16 songs in Hindi in a day, which is a notable achievement. Read more on Last.fm.
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