Sunday, March 18, 2018

S P Balasubrahmanyam to perform in Hyderabad

Sparsh Hospice, which is coming up with a palliative care facility in the city outskirts, is organising S. P. Balasubrahmanyam concert night on March 31, to generate funds for a novel cause. Dubbed as ‘Sparsh Nite 2018-The Life and Times of SP Balasubrahmanyam’, the concert aims to raise close to Rs 50 lakh for end-stage cancer patients.

Sparsh Hospice, which at present is located in Banjara Hills, is undertaking construction of a palliative care facility over an acre of land in Khajaguda, which was allocated by the State government on a 33-year lease.

A corpus fund of Rs 10 crore is being raised from various sources for construction and maintenance of the new facility. “Sparsh Nite at Shilpakalavedika is an annual event organised to generate funds for terminally ill patients. The new building itself will cost close to Rs 10 crore and we are trying to raise funds from various sources,” said CEO, Sparsh Hospice, Ram Mohan Rao.

According to Rotary Club of Banjara Hills, which manages the hospice, the event will feature Balasubrahmanyam’s sister SP Sailaja, his son Charan, Shweta Pandit, Sri Krishna, Sameera, Revanth, Srinidhi, Ramya Behera Balavika, Rina Kamal and others.

Noted personalities from Telugu film industry including director K Vishwanath, actor Daggubati Rana, Allu Arjun, writer Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry, Brahmanandam, music director RP Patnaik, Ali, Mohan Babu, Nagababu, Lakshmi Manchu and others.

For donations:, Bank: Yes Bank, Account Name: “Sparsh Hospice”; Account no: 025094600000400; IFSC Code: YESB0000250


Monday, January 15, 2018

Award conferred on veteran singer

SPB praises violinist L. Vaidyanathan

Singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam was conferred the Lifetime Achievement award by Nandi Fine Arts and KAPRI, in association with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at an event titled ‘Violin maestro Kalaimamani L. Vaidyanathan – 75 – a celebration of his life and music’.

Addressing the audience, Mr. Balasubrahmanyam said that though he was not properly trained in Carnatic music, he had been singing for over 50 years and considered it to be a great blessing. “I am not a learned singer, but I learnt so much by travelling along with eminent people,” he said.

He said he had sung over 40,000 songs till date, but he was more concerned about the songs that pleased the audience than mere numbers.

The singer shared his memories of violin maestro L. Vaidyanathan and spoke in detail about his humility and spiritual inclination.

Earlier, speaking at the event, L. Ganesan, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP, said: “In most countries, music is just a form of entertainment, but in India, it is closely entwined with devotion too.”

Singer Vani Jayaram, musician V. Rajkumar Bharathi and other eminent personalities took part in the event.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

SPB presented Gurajada Visishta Puraskar

Minister for Mines R.V.S. K. Ranga Rao, former Member of Parliament and litterateur Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, MLA Meesala Geeta, Municipal Chairperson P. Ramakrishna, and actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao felicitated and presented ‘Gurajada Visista Puraskar’ to cine playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam at Ananda Gajapathi Auditorium on Thursday. Mr. Balasubrahmanyam was the 17th eminent personality to receive the award.

Gurajada Samskritika Samakhya has been organising ‘Gurajada Sahiti Chaitanyotsavam’ in commemoration of legendary writer Gurajada Appa Rao’s anniversary every year on September 30.

On the occasion of 102nd anniversary of Mahakavi Gurajada, Dr. Lakshmi Prasad and Mr. Anant Sriram, who along with A. Gopala Rao, P.V. Narasimha Raju, K. Prakash, members of Samskritika Samakhya, elite of the town, and school children took out a rally with the belongings of the legendary writer from Gurajada’s house and paid tributes by garlanding his statue at M.R. College (Autonomous) in the morning.

Talking to media, Dr. Lakshmi Prasad emphasised on the need to preserve works of Gurajada as was done in the case of Rabindra Tagore and Shakespeare by the respective governments. Already, he alleged, many a number of Gurajada’s books were in a state of decay. They needed to be treated with chemicals, digitalised, and preserved for the future generation by the government.

Lyricist Anant Sriram compared the rally of carrying Gurajada’s belongings with that of a procession carrying clothes of Lord Venkateswara Swamy in Tirupati. He felt that Telugu literature would survive for ever if the youth were involved such events.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

‘Gurajada Visista Puraskar’ for SPB

Singer the seventeenth person to be awarded the puraskar

Gurajada Samskritika Samakhya, a literary and cultural organisation, has selected this year, the noted playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam for the “Gurajada Visista Puraskar”, which will be presented to him at “Gurajada Sahiti Chaitanyotsavam” to be held on November 30. This was announced at a press conference by the samakhya general secretary Kapuganti Prakash on Friday.

Mr. Kapuganti Prakash said that, as a tribute to ‘Mahakavi’ Gurajada Appa Rao, on the occasion of his death anniversary on November 30, the samakhya had been presenting the puraskar every year since 2000 to eminent personalities who excelled in literary and cultural fields.

Awardees so far

Those who were presented the ‘Visista Purakar’ so far were: Dr. C. Narayana Reddy, Kasi Viswanath, J.V. Somayajulu, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Dr. Garigipati Narasimha Rao, Gummadi, Sowcar Janaki, Raavi Kondala Rao, Yarlagedda Lakshmi Prasad, Modali Nagabushana Sarma, Anjali, Suddhala Ashok, Chatla, Vamsi, Bharani, and Mallemala.

Mr. Prakash said Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister for Mines R.V.S.K. Ranga Rao, MLC Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy, MLA Meesala Geeta, Collector Vivek Yadav, and writer and actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao have consented to present the puraskar to the noted singer on the day.

The samakhya president P.V. Narasimha Raju, and former member of the Official Language Commission A. Gopala Rao were present.

Courtesy: The Hindu

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Why Did Dr. Rajkumar Apologise To S. P. Balasubrahmanyam?

Natasarvabhouma Dr Rajkumar was literally the pearl of Kannada film industry. What's more? He is considered to be the God of acting in Sandalwood, being worshipped by many, till today.

This multi-faceted artist one happened to apologise to the singing legend, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. "I have sung something that I think is good. I have not done well up to your mark. Please forgive me if there are any mistakes" were the words from Dr. Rajkumar as said by S.P.B himself, when he was on Weekend With Ramesh.

Dr. Rajkumar, being was a renowned singer himself, offered his apologies. Want to know why?

Shivarajkumar Speaks About S.P.B

"He is one of the best singers our nation has ever seen till date. I feel very embarassed to talk about such a huge legend! No doubt, he is the most wonderful singer" said Shivarajkumar, actor.

Raghavendra Rajkumar's Views

"His contribution to Indian Cinema is enormous. The number of songs that he has sung, easily exceeds the number of songs that I have listened to, in my entire life" opines RaghavendraRajkumar, actor and producer.

Raghavendra Rajkumar's Flashback

Raghavendra Rajkumar narrates an incident remembering Balasubrahmanyam. He said, "I was in Aakash Studio one day when I saw S.P.B sir leaving his work half way to meet me. I was overwhelmed."

Raghavendra Rajkumar said, "He then came to me and asked for a favour. I was happy to oblige. He asked me to ask my father if he could sing for S.P.B. I told the same to my father."

Dr. Rajkumar's Reaction

"I went back home and told the same to 'appaji'. Father was shocked and remarked by saying, "This is like River Ganga asking me for a cup of water." He agreed reluctantly as he feared if he could do justice to the special request or not" said Raghavendra Rajkumar.

Dr. Rajkumar's Luck

According to Raghavendra Rajkumar, Dr. Rajkumar abided by the request by saying, "Am I to sing for that singing legend? This is my lucky moment. Please accept the offer."


Actor Shivarajkumar said, "Conventionally, singers sing for artists. But, on few rare occasions, artistes sing for singers. That was one such occasion where father lent his voice to S.P.B. I am very happy, as was father.

What Was That Special Occasion?

"It was for a movie named Muddina Maava. Shashikumar was the hero while I played a supporting character. I took up the reigns of music direction as well for that movie. It was decided that I sing for my character on-screen, while Rajesh was supposed to sing for Shashikumar" said S.P.B, remembering the good old days.

Shashikumar's Persistence

S.P.B further continued by saying, "But, Shashikumar did not agree to the plan. He wanted me to sing for him. But then, I could not sing for my character. That is when we decided to approach 'Annavru' to give voice to my character."

Dr. Rajkumar's Apologies To S.P.B

"We then sat and discussed with Dr. Rajkumar to which he agreed. After the recording, he called me up one day and said, "I might have sung something that is totally unlike the way you sing. Please forgive me if I have committed any mistakes." I was overwhelmed and surprised at his humble attitude" said S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, recollecting his thoughts.

One Of A Kind

"As far as I know, Dr. Rajkumar has not lent his voice for other artists, other than himself. I believe I am an exception to that as he sang for my character in my movie. I was lucky" said Balasubrahmanyam.

Courtesy: Flimibeat

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