SP Balasubrahmanyam a legendary singer passed away in Chennai today at 1.04 pm. The 74-year-old singer was admitted to MGM Healthcare Hospital on August 5, a private facility, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. He had been on life support since August 14, when his condition became critical. The singer’s son SP Charan then revealed that he was responsive to treatment and expressed hope of a complete recovery. But SPB’s health took a turn for the worse on September 24 and he succumbed to his illness on September 25.
SPB’s son and singer SP Charan thanked everyone who prayed for his father. “I thank doctors and nurses who took care of him. He is everyone’s property. My dad will be alive until you are there,” he said.
SPB is multi-talented person who can do playback singer, actor and dubbing artist also. In his long career spanning over 50 years, he has sung around 40,000 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi and other languages too. His prowess in singing earned him numerous accolades including a Padma Bhushan from the President of India and a Guinness record for recording the highest number of songs in a day.
Balasubrahmanyam sang around 40000 songs in South Indian languages and in Hindi for five decades for generations of actors from MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan, down to the stars of the present and is the winner of six national awards. SPB was awarded the Padma Shri in 2001 by the Government of India and is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and won six national awards.