Legendary playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in August. He was 74.Popularly known as SPB, Balasubrahmanyam made his singing debut in 1966 with Telugu movie Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. He has sung over 40,000 songs in as many as 16 languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi.
The passing away of the legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has left his fans saddened. Many celebrities are paying their tribute to him on social media. From Prime Minister, President and Chief Ministers to business tycoons, actors and commoners, people from all walks of life in the country are grieving the death of Balasubrahmanyam and many have poured their condolences on social media.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the death of SP Balasubramanyamm, saying with the passing away of the legendary singer, the cultural world has become a lot poorer.
“With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam , our cultural world is a lot poorer. A household name across India, his melodious voice and music enthralled audiences for decades. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
In the passing of music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam Indian music has lost one of its most melodious voices. Called ‘Paadum Nila’ or ‘Singing Moon’ by his countless fans, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan and many National Awards. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers,” President Kovind wrote on Twitter.
Union home minister Amit Shah also took to Twitter to condole Balasubrahmanyam’s death and said he would forever remain in people’s memories through his melodious voice and unparalleled music compositions.
“Deeply saddened by the passing away of legendary musician and playback singer Padma Bhushan, SP Balasubrahmanyam ji. He will forever remain in our memories through his melodious voice & unparalleled music compositions. My condolences are with his family & followers. Om Shanti,” Shah tweeted.
Lata Mangeshkar, A.R. Rahman, Salman Khan mourn SPB’s demise
Prominent names from Indian film industry such as veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar, music composer AR Rahman, actors Salman Khan, and Ramaya Krishnan, paid tributes to th legendary singer.Hailing Balasubrahmanyam as a “brilliant singer” and a “kind human being”, Mangeshkar reminiscenced working with him.
“I’m very disturbed by the demise of SP Balasubrahmanyam. We have recorded many song together and did a lot shows. My condolences to his family,” the veteran singer wrote.
Rahman shared his photo with Balasubrahmanyam and simply posted, “#ripspb …Devastated”.
Khan, who on Thursday wished the legendary singer a speedy recovery, said he was heartbroken by the news of his demise.
“Heartbroken to hear about #SPBalasubrahmanyam sir… you will forever live on in your undisputed legacy of music! condolence to the family #RIP,” he tweeted.
Kapoor remembered the musician as a “great human being” and “an incredible singer” and said that he will be “missed truly“.
“Baahubali” star Krishnan tweeted, “Someone so special can never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace my deepest condolences to the family….#ripspb sir”
Filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Bejoy Nambiar and Sujoy Ghosh also offered their condolences.
Shah Rukh Khan’s posted on Twitter, “Condolences to SP Balasubrahmanyam sir’s family and friends on the loss. May the legendary singer’s soul Rest In Peace… Will miss his soothing voice.”