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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
|S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam in 2013
|Native name||శ్రీపతి పండితారాధ్యుల బాలసుబ్రహ్మణ్యం|
|Birth name||Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam|
|Born||4 June 1946 |
Konetammapeta, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actor, music director, film producer|
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam ( pronunciation (help·info)) is an Indian film playback singer, actor, music director, voice actor and film producer. He is mostly referred to as S. P. B. or Balu. He has won the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs. He won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer six times and the Nandi Awards inTelugu cinema 25 times from the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
He has recorded over 40,000 songs in various Indian languages. He has won National Film Awards across four languages as well as a Filmfare Award, five South Filmfare Awards and numerous state awards from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. He is a recipient of civilian awards such as Padmashri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the government of India.
Early life and background
Balasubrahmanyam was born to S. P. Sambamurthy in Konetammapeta, Nellore district, of Andhra Pradesh.]Balasubrahmanyam's father was a Harikatha artiste who had also acted in plays. He has two brothers and five sisters, including singer S.P. Sailaja.
Balasubrahmanyam developed an interest towards music at an early age, studied notations and learned to play instruments such as the harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father. He enrolled at JNTU College of Engineering Anantapur with the intention of becoming an engineer. He discontinued his studies early due to typhoid and joined as an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Chennai.
He continued to pursue music during his engineering studies and won awards at singing competitions. In 1964, he won the first prize in a music competition for amateur singers organised by the Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation. He was the leader of a light music troupe composed of Anirutta (on the harmonium), Ilaiyaraaja (on guitar and later on harmonium), Baskar (on percussion), and Gangai Amaran (on guitar). He was selected as the best singer in a singing competition which was judged by S. P. Kodandapaniand Ghantasala. Often visiting music composers seeking opportunities, his first audition song was "Nilave Ennidam Nerungadhe". It was rendered by veteran playback singer P. B. Srinivas, who used to write and give him multi-lingual verses in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, English and Urdu.
Balasubramanyam is married to Savitri and has two children, Pallavi and S. P. B. Charan. Charan is also a playback singer and film producer.
Early career: 1960s–1970s
Balasubrahmanyam made his debut as a playback singer in 1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a Telugu film scored by his mentor, S. P. Kodandapani. The first Non-Telugu song that he recorded just eight days after his debut Telugu song was in Kannada in 1966 for the film 'Nakkare Ade Swarga' starring Kannada comedy stalwart T. R. Narasimharaju. He recorded his first Tamil song "Eyarkai ennum illaya kanni" in the 1969 film Shanthi Nilaiyam starring Gemini Ganesan. He sang "Aayiram Nilavae Vaa" forM.G.R in the Tamil film Aadimai Penn. He was then introduced to Malayalam film industry by G. Devarajan in the film Kadalppalam.
He has the rare distinction of rendering most number of songs on a single day by any singer. He has recorded 21 songs in Kannada for the composer Upendra Kumar in Bangalore from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on February 8, 1981 and 19 songs in Tamil, 16 songs in Hindi in a day which is a notable achievement and a record. He established a prolific career. "There were days when I used to record 15–20 songs, but only for Anand-Milind. And I would take the last flight back to Chennai." In the 1970s, he also worked with M. S. Viswanathan in Tamil movies for actors such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan. He recorded duets with P. Susheela, S. Janaki,Vani Jayaram and L. R. Eswari. Balasubrahmanyam's association with Ilaiyaraaja began even before Ilayaraja came to the cine field. In those days SPB used to sing in Towns, village all over Andhra and Ilayaraja an unknown harmonium and guitar player at that time accompanied SPB by playing in his concerts.
International recognition: 1980s
Balasubrahmanyam came to international prominence with 1980's Shankarabharanam. The film is considered to be one of the best films ever to emerge from Telugu film industry. Directed by K. Vishwanath, the film's soundtrack was composed by KV Mahadevan and led to an increase in usage of Carnatic music in Telugu cinema. Not a classically trained singer, he used a 'film music' aesthetic in recording the songs. Balasubrahmanyam received his first National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his work. His first work in Hindi films was the following year, in Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), for which he received another National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
Balasubrahmanyam began to record more songs in Tamil especially for Ilaiyaraaja with Janaki, the trio considered to be highly successful in the Tamil film industry from the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s in Telugu films based on classical music like Saagara Sangamam(1983), for which both Ilaiayaraaja and S.P.B won National Film Awards, Swathi Muthyam (1986) and Rudraveena (1988) which again won National Awards for Ilaiyaraaja and Balasubrahmanyam.
In 1989, Balasubrahmanyam was the playback singer for Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the blockbuster Maine Pyar Kiya. Thesoundtrack for the film was very successful and he won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song Dil Deewana. For much of the next decade, Balasubrahmanyam continued as the 'romantic singing voice' on the soundtracks of Khan's films. Notable among these was Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! which became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time Balasubrahmanyam's duet with Lata Mangeshkar, "Didi Tera Devar Deewana", was so popular that Mangeshkar was awarded a Filmfare Special Award. This solidified Balasubrahmanyam as one of the biggest playback singers in India.
In the 1990s he worked with composers like Vidyasagar, M. M. Keeravani, S. A. Rajkumar, but his association with A.R.Rahman turned out be a major success.
Balasubramanyam's association with Hamsalekha began after the latter's successful venture Premaloka in Kannada. Balasubramanyam sung the most number of songs for Hamsalekha in Kannada. He received his 4th National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Umandu Ghumandu" from the Kannada film Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi (1995), which was a Hindustani classical music based composition by Hamsalekha.
Balasubrahmanyam recorded three songs for A. R. Rahman in his debut film Roja. He had a long time association with Rahman right from Roja, the latter's debut film. Other popular songs include "July Maadham" from Pudhiya Mugam, which also marked the debut of singer Anupama, "Mannoothu Manthayilae" from Kizhakku Cheemayile which was a folk number and he almost sang all songs in the musical love story Duet and "Thanga Thaamarai" from Minsara Kanavu which fetched his sixth and latest of his National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer till date.
In 2013, Balasubrahmanyam recorded the popular title song for Chennai Express – "Nikal Na Jaaye Chennai Express", singing for the lead actor Shahrukh Khan, under the music direction of Vishal-Shekhar. He returned to Bollywood music after being away from it for 15 years.
Balasubrahmanyam accidentally became a dubbing artist with Kamal Hassan's film Manmadha Leela, the dubbed Telugu version of Manmadha Leelai. He has also providedvoice-overs for various artists, including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, K. Bhagyaraj, Mohan, Anil Kapoor, Girish Karnad, Gemini Ganesan, Arjun Sarja, Nagesh,Karthik and Raghuvaran in various languages. He was assigned as the default dubbing artist for Kamal Hassan in Telugu dubbed versions of Tamil films. For the Telugu version of Dasavathaaram he gave voice to seven characters (including the female character) out of ten characters played by Kamal Hassan. He was awarded Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist for the films Annamayya and Sri Sai Mahima. He dubbed for Nandamuri Balakrishna for the Tamil version of the movie Sri Rama Rajyam in 2012.
Main article: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam filmography
Awards and nominations
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam filmography
|Nadhi Enge Pogiradhu||Tamil||Serial|
|Vaanam Paadi||Tamil||Music show|
|Padutha Theeyaga||Telugu||Music show|
|Paadalani Undhi||Telugu||Music show|
|Ennodu Pattu Paadungal||Tamil||Music show|
|Edhe Thumbi Haaduvenu||Kannada||Music show|
|"Airtel supersinger, isaivanil ilayanila"||Tamil||Music show (Special Judge)|
As music composer
|1977||Kanya Kumari||Telugu||Dasari Narayana Rao||Sarigama Arts|
|1979||Captain Krishna||Telugu||K. S. R. Das|
|Ra Ra Krishnayya||Telugu|
|Thoorpu Velle Railu||Telugu||Bapu|
|1980||Hum Paanch (Background Score)||Hindi||Bapu||S.K. Films|
|1981||Ohamma Katha||Telugu||Vasanta Sen|
|Thaiyyalkaaran||Tamil||S. P. Muthuraman||Kalaipuli International|
|1983||Thudikkum Karangal||Tamil||C. V. Sridhar||K. R. Gangadharan|
|Uranta Sankranti||Telugu||Dasari Narayana Rao|
|1984||Bharyamani||Telugu||Vijaya Bapineedu||Srinivasa Productions|
|Seetamma Pelli||Telugu||Bapu||Muddu Art Movies|
|1985||Bangaru Chilaka||Telugu||Maheswari Movies|
|Jockey||Telugu||Muddu Art Movies|
|Kongumudi||Telugu||Vijaya Bapineedu||Raghavendra Cine Creations|
|Mayuri||Tamil||Singeetam Srinivasa Rao||B.R. Creations in association with ushakiran movies|
|Mayuri||Telugu||Singeetam Srinivasa Rao||Usha Kiron Movies|
|Muddula Manavaralu||Telugu||Jandhyala||Muddu Art Movies|
|Maghadeerudu||Telugu||Shyam Prasad Arts|
|Naache Mayuri (background score)||Hindi||T. Rama Rao||Lakshmi Productions|
|Padamati Sandhya Ragam||Telugu||Jandhyala||Gummaluri Sastry, Meer Abdulla|
|1987||Gouthami||Telugu||Radha Madhava Films|
|Lawyer Suhasini||Telugu||Vamsy||Jayakrishna Combines|
|1988||Chinnodu Peddodu||Telugu||Relangi Narasimha Rao||Sridevi Movies|
|Kallu||Telugu||M. V. Raghu||Mahashakthi Films|
|Neeku Naaku Pellanta||Telugu||Jandhyala||J.J. Movies|
|Oh Bharya Katha||Telugu||Mouli||Ushakiron Movies|
|Ramanna Shamanna||Kannada||B. Subbarao||Vasu Chitra|
|Vivaaha Bhojanambu||Telugu||Jandhyala||J.J. Movies|
|Jaitra Yatra||Telugu||Sravanti Movies|
|1992||Belliyappa Banagarappa||Kannada||Poorna Prajna||Madhu Bangarappa|
|Ksheera Sagara||Kannada||Singeetam Srinivasa Rao|
|1993||Muddina Maava||Kannada||Om Sai Prakash||Vijaya Sridevi Combines|
|2003||Unnai Charanadaindhen||Tamil||Samuthirakani||Capital Cine Works|
|1983||Ananda Bhairavi||Telugu||Girish Karnad|
|1991||Aditya 369||Telugu||Tinu Anand|
|2012||Sri Rama Rajyam||Tamil (dubbed)||Nandamuri Balakrishna|
List of awards and nominations received by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam is an Indian playback singer, who is well known for his work in South Indian films. Making his playback singing debut in 1966 through the Telugu film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, he has since recorded over 40,000 songs in multiple languages of India; he holds the record for most songs recorded by a male playback singer. During his career he has won six National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards South and one Filmfare Award (resulting from four nominations).
The first of his National Award came for his work in the 1979 musical film Sankarabharanam. Two year later he entered the Hindi film industry through Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), winning the award for the second time. He also received a Filmfare nomination for Best Male Playback Singer for the film. In the subsequent years, he won the National Film Awards for Saagara Sangamam (1983) and Rudraveena(1988)—both Telugu films. In 1989, he received his first Filmfare Award for Maine Pyar Kiya. He won the first of his four South Filmfare Award for Subha Sankalpam, a film which he produced. His first Filmfare Award in the playback singing category came for Sri Ramadasu(2006), followed by Mozhi (2007) and Aaptha Rakshaka (2010). Balasubrahmanyam is also a recipient of numerous state awards; 25Nandi Awards—Best Male Playback Singer, Best Music Director, Best Male Dubbing Artist and Best Supporting Actor categories. He has also won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Karnataka State Film Awards. Other honors for his singing career include Lata Mangeshkar Award, Sangeetha Ganga Award, Film Fans' Association Award. In addition, he has also been honoured with Padma Shri(2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011), the fourth and third highest civilian honours by the Government of India. Apart from his singing career, Balasubrahmanyam has also worked as an actor, music composer, voice actor and film producer.
|2001||Padma Shri||Government of India|||
|2011||Padma Bhushan||Government of India|||
|1981||Kalaimaamani||Government of Tamil Nadu|||
|1999||Honorary Doctorate||Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University|
|2008||Karnataka Rajyothsava Award (Second Highest Civilian honor of Karnataka)||Government of Karnataka|||
|2009||Honorary Doctorate||Sathyabama University, Chennai|
|2009||Kalaprapoorna (Honorary doctorate)||Andhra University|
|2010||Honorary Doctorate||JNTU Anantapur|
National Film Awards
|1979||Shankarabharanam||"Om Kaara Nadhaanu"||Telugu||Won|||
|1981||Ek Duuje Ke Liye||"Tere Mere Beech Mein"||Hindi||Won|||
|1983||Saagara Sangamam||"Vedam Anuvanuvuna"||Telugu||Won|||
|1995||Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai||"Umandu Ghumandu Ghana Gar Je Badara"||Kannada||Won|||
|1996||Minsaara Kanavu||"Thanga Thamarai"||Tamil||Won|||
|1981||Ek Duje Ke Liye||"Tere Mere Beech Mein"||Nominated|
|1989||Maine Pyar Kiya||"Dil Deewana"||Won|||
|1991||Saajan||"Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai"||Nominated|||
|1994||Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!||"Hum Aapke Hain Koun"||Nominated|||
Filmfare Awards South
|1983||Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South||-||-||-||Won|||
|1995||Best Film||Subha Sankalpam||—||Telugu||Won|||
|2005||Best Male Playback Singer||Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana||"Ghal Ghal Ghal Ghal"||Telugu||Nominated|||
|2006||Best Male Playback Singer||Sri Ramadasu||"Adigadigo Bhadragiri"||Telugu||Won|
|2007||Best Male Playback Singer||Mozhi||"Kannal Pesum Penne"||Tamil||Won|
|2008||Best Male Playback Singer||Panduranga||"Matrudevobhava"||Telugu||Nominated|
|2009||Best Male Playback Singer||Mahatma||"Indiramma"||Telugu||Nominated|
|2010||Best Male Playback Singer||Aaptha Rakshaka||"Gharane Ghara Gharane"||Kannada||Won|
|2011||Best Male Playback Singer||7aum Arivu||"Yamma yamma"||Tamil||Nominated|
|2005||Pellam Pichhodu||Best Singer||Won|
|2000||Raghavayyagari Abbai||Best Singer||Won|
|2000||Sri Sai Mahima||Best Dubbing Artist||Won|
|1997||Annamayya||Best Dubbing Artist||Won|
|1996||Pavithra Bandham||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|1994||Bhairava Dweepam||Best Singer||Won|
|1993||Mister Pellam||Best Singer||Won|
|1992||Bangaaru Mama||Best Singer||Won|
|1985||Mayuri||Best Music Director||Won|
|1984||Suvarna Sundari||Best Singer||Won|
|1983||Bahudoorapu Baatasaari||Best Singer||Won|
|1978||Naalaga Endaro||Best Singer||Won|
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
|1969||Adimaippen, Shanti Nilayam||Best Singer||Won|||
|1990||Keladi Kanmani||Best Singer||Won|||
|1994||Jai Hind||Best Singer||Won|||
Karnataka State Film Awards
|1998||O Mallige||Best Singer||Won|
|2008||Savi Savi Nenapu||Best Singer||Won|
Other awards and honors
- Film Fans' Association Award (Madras)—oldest association in the country—received 20 times
- "Sangeetha Ganga Award", for his contribution to Kannada Film Industry in 2001
- "Lata Mangeshkar Award" in 1999
- "Sangeeta Ganga award" in 2001
- Delhi Telugu Academy's Rashtriya Vikas Shiromani Award (Lifetime) in 2002
- "Dr. Bezawada Gopala Reddy Award", given during a function in Nellore in 2002
- "Lifetime Achievement Award" conferred during "TVS Victor Aalaapana Music Awards" function for the years 2001 and 2002, in Hyderabad in 2002
- "Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas" award in 2002
- "Rani Rao Balasaraswathi Award" in 2003
- "Arya Bhata Prasasthi" in 2003
- "Kalasri Award" in 2004
- "Best Playback Singer" from Maa TV, Cinemaa awards in 2004
- "Viswa Ganayogi" From Karnataka Chief Minister in 2005
- Raja-Lakshmi Award from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai in 2006
- "Best Playback Singer" from Vijay TV, Reliance Mobile Vijay Awards in 2006
- "Tansen Award" Sur Singar Sanjad (Bombay) for best classical rendition of a song from Tere Payal Mere Geeth composed by Naushad Sab
- "Best Playback Singer" from Santosham awards for the film Sri Ramadasu in 2006
- "Lifetime Achievement Award", presented by Santhosham awards in 2007
- "Basavashree Award" from Karnataka Government
- "A.P. Cinegoers Association Award for Best Singer" for Sri Bhagavatham (serial on ETV) in 2007
- Karnataka's Highest Honor-" Kannada Rajyothsava Award" Presented on 1 November 2008
- "Sangeetha Saagra" from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Kanchipuram in 2008
- "Karnataka Rajyotsava Prasasthi" from the Government of Karnataka in 2008
- Innumerable awards from magazines and associations fostering films
- "Lifetime Achievement Award" presented by Telugu Association of North America (TANA) in Chicago session in 2009
- "P. Susheela trust National Award" Presented on 29 November 2009
- "Kopparapu Kavula Puraskaram from Kopparapu Kala Peetam, Visakhapatnam on 9 September 2009
- "Lifetime Achievement Award", presented by Raagalaya Music Awards (27 February 2010 at Shanmukhanad Hall, Mumbai) in 2010
- Ghantasala Award in 2010
- Great son of the soil award from Justice Rajesh Tandon Chairperson Cyber appellate tribunal New delhi at All India conference of intellectuals in Hyderabad on Saturday in 2010
- ANR Lifetime achievement award from Akkineni Nageswara Rao in 2010
- "Pride Of Indian Cinema" from Yuvakalavauhini, Hyderabad on 30 June 2010
- "Best playback Singer" award from "Gemini Tv Ugadi awards" 2010 for the serial "Kotha Bangaram"
- Vamsee Film awards 2010 "Best Playback Singer(male)" for the film "Mestry"
- "BIG Kannada Entertainment Awards" for the most entertaining "TV host of the year" and the programme "Yede Tumbhi Haaduvenu" being declared as the most entertaining reality show of the year
- "Santosham awards 2010" Best Playback Singer(male) for the film "Mahatma"
- "Lifetime Achievement Award" - 2011 presented by Lux Sandal CineMAA Awards on June 19, 2011 in Hyderabad.
- "Isai Thendral" - Title conferred to S P Balasubrahmanyam by Botswana Tamil Cultural Association - Executive Committee (2011-2012) on April 14, 2012 in recognition towards his continuous dedication,contribution and commitment to the Indian Music and Film Industry.
- The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011- Best Singer male for Jagadanandakaraka - Sri Ramarajyam.
- "Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema" given by STAR Vijay on 2011.
- "Harivarasanam Award 2015" by kerala government.