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.