Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu announced yesterday that legendary playback singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam will be honoured at the 47th International Film Festival of India.
“It’s an award, not a reward. SPB has been around in films for the past five decades. He has rendered more than 40,000 songs till now,” an official statement from the Minister’s office said.
Born as Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, the soft-spoken SPB has received the national award for best playback singer six times and also holds a Guinness World Record for recording the maximum number of songs. He is also a recipient of other civilian honours — Padmashri and Padma Bhushan — from Govt. of India.
Besides a successful career in the industry, he was also considered to be the on-screen voice of superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sathyaraj, Vijayakanth and many others including Bollywood’s Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan.
“He is a big name in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and also in Hindi. He has a melodious voice and hard-working nature,” the statement added.