A few people in this world are gifted with the immense potential to influence another, and even fewer people have the extraordinary capacity to influence hundreds, if not thousands. Falling in line is Indian Cinema’s one of the finest ever Playback singers of this age. A voice that might make your soul lost in thoughts, sometimes even up’s the nectarine content from the heart. The face of many budding singers to come and still afresh to bleach the cine industry is our ever favorite SP Balasubramanian who turns a year older today.
The word legend is a certification of recognition that is earned only years of hard work; SPB is for once a true legend indeed. With almost 40,000 songs spread across various languages he holds a Guinness record for the most songs by anyone. Another biggest feather in his cap came in the form of the prestigious Padmabushan in 2011 and Padmashri in 2001. A feat that is not easy to grab hold off. He is the only playback singer to have bagged National awards across four languages. Well that’s not it; he is not just a fine singer, a niche actor, music composer, small screen actor, and a voice over for so many actors. He has been the voice over for Rajini, Kamal, Salman, Bhagyaraj and a lot more of their dubbed movies.
SPB’s career is not all about just the awards and glitzy limelight that he enjoyed; he started off as early in 1966 for Sri Maryada Ramanna and then on there was no looking back. His Aayiram Nilave vaa for MGR was the biggest turning points of his life. From then on, he was the most wanted personality in South Indian languages and we can proudly mention that all four states craved for his voice and still do. Going into the 70’s & 80’s it was SPB’s foray and also made his Bollywood debut for ‘Ek Duje ke Liye’.
His association with Ilayaraja is a treasure unearthed as the duo has been phenomenal in producing the best out of Tamil Music industry. Whenever they join hands its music unleashed with a potential to penetrate the emotions of millions. They are just not classics but to date deemed as Golden memories that refuse to budge away, all credit to the mastery music from maestro and classy technique and control from the singer. When we speak of modulation, no better singer has the ability to master so many skills in a single wrap, not to forget the breathless song “Manil” and “Ketten” from Amarkalam.
If TMS was synonymous for MGR’s introduction songs, then SPB takes the largest share of Rajini’s intro songs. The thunderous applause for the intro song for Superstar’s mere presence and the booming authoritative voice of SPB’s echoes the theatres and it’s a treat, a relishing treat indeed. Rajini and Kamal’s movies were incomplete without his songs be it a folky one, a melodious track or anything we can imagine of. Another great combination of singing came in the form of SPB-Ilayaraja-Mohan, the classic trios are still gold in the box kind, and to mention a few will not do justice at all.
What makes him so special? There aren’t just a few to mention, the kind of prolific energy that he unleashes in every single ounce of the songs are amazing. Ace Hindi singer Lata once mentioned that the Hindi audiences even when they did not speak the native language were spellbound and stunned by the commanding voice. He can be what the composer wants, serene as possible, or bold and booming, peppy and folky and all these do not limit just to the movies, every single concert he participates are crowd pullers.
Though better known for his mellifluous singing he is also the face of humbleness and simplicity. He has delivered thousands of songs for his fans across the country and similarly his unwavering commitment towards the society is also huge, for his charity foundation reaches out to many, through his fans. SPB Charity foundation commenced in the memory of his father, cascades the lives of under privileged, weak and the poor to a higher level. Most of his concerts have a social cause and the proceedings to charity.
As much as we can start about him, there is never an end to this versatile human being, a legend respected by the whole of Indian Cine Industry has also carved a special place in the heart of millions.TamilWire and the readers wish him a wonderful birthday; hope he continues to tantalize us with his melodies.