Happy Birthday to SP Balasubramaniam


sp-balu-birthdayThe man who emotes a plethora of passionate human expressions with his legendary voice celebrates his birthday today.

When Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubramaniam aka S. P Balasubramaniam started off his singing career, bigwigs of the then South Indian film industry felt that the young SPB had the talent and potential to go a very long way.

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He holds the Guiness record for most number of songs by anybody. More than 41,000 songs in all. His association with music mastero Ilayaraja in the eighties created waves and went on to become classics loved by millions. SPB’s incredible vocal range, deep rich voice, and mastery of style, technique and control is unmatched.

SPB virtually monopolised playback singing for more than 30 years in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada cinema.

A young Telugu speaking lad S.P Balasubramaniam was preparing to study engineering. He had a natural flair for singing and so participated in most singing contests he could attend from college. In one such contest, he was spotted by his mentor the late, Sri. S.P. Kodandapani. S.P Balasubramaniam won the first prize and walked out with his first break to sing in the film “Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna” in

1966. An unimaginable success journey had begun. The rest as they say is history.

A praiseworthy fact is that S.P Balasubramaniam has lent his voice for three generations and still is going strong. NTR, Chiranjeevi, Mahesh Babu and many young and upcoming heroes have been blessed with S.P Balasubramaniam ‘s voice for their song sequences.

When S.P Balasubramaniam lent his voice for the songs in Salman Khan movies such Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, he had beocme a household name all over India.

May the genius that S.P Balasubramaniam is, continue to flourish big time, entertaining his fans as well as contribute his rich and varied experience to the world of cinema and request you to join telugunow.com in wishing him on his birthday.

National Awards

1979: Shankarabharanam for the song “Om Kaara Nadhaanu” (Telugu)
1981: Ek Duje Ke Liye for the song “Tere Mere Beech Mein” (Hindi)
1983: Saagara Sangamam for the song “Thakitha Thadimi” (Telugu)
1988: Rudra Veena for the song “Cheppaalani Undi” (Telugu)
1995: Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai for the song “Umandu Ghumandu Ghana Gar Je Badara” (Kannada)
1996: Minsaara Kanavu for the song “Thanga Thamarai” (Tamil)

Andhra Pradesh State Awards

1978: “Naalaaga endaro”  – Best Singer
1979: “Shankarabharanam”  – Best Singer
1981: “Premaabhishekam”  – Best Singer
1983: “Bahudoorapu baatasaari”  – Best Singer
1984: “Suvarna sundari”  – Best Singer
1985: “Mayuri”  – Best Music Director
1986: “Sirivennela”  – Best Singer
1987: “Abhinandana”  – Best Singer
1989: “Neerajanam”  – Best Singer
1991: “Chanti”  – Best Singer
1992: “Bangaaru mama” – Best Singer
1993: “Mr.Pellaam”  – Best Singer
1994: “Bhairavadweepam”  – Best Singer
1996: “Pavithra Bhandam”  – Best Supporting Actor
1997: “Priya Ragalu”  – Best Singer , “Annamayya”  – Best Dubbing Artist
2000: “Raghavayyagari Abbai”  – Best Singer
2002: “Vasu”  – Best Singer
2003: “Seetayya”  – Best Singer
2005: “Pellam Pichhodu”  – Best Singer Andhra Pradesh

Filmfare Awards

2007: “Mozhi” (Tamil)
2008: Maine Pyar Kiya for the song “Dil Deewana) (Hindi)

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