Monday, March 9, 2020

Veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam donates his ancestral home to Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Math

Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has donated his ancestral home to Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Math on Wednesday. The house is located in his home town Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, where he was born on June 4, 1946.
On Wednesday, editor S Gurumurthy posted a video of SP Balasubrahmanyam singing a devotional song in the presence of Kanchi Acharya Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi at his home in Nellore on his Twitter page. It is learnt that the house worth is crores of rupees and the veteran singer just donated it for a good cause.

SP Balasubramaniam famous singer has donated his ancestral home at Nellore to Kanchi Math. He is singing in the presence of Kanchi Acharya Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi at his home in Nellore which he donated.

Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SP Balu, is also a music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer. In a career span over five decades, the artist has recorded more than 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages. He has received National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer six times for his work in films. The singer was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011 by the Government of India.

The singer continues to win hearts with his songs like Nuvvu Naatho Emannavo from Disco Raja, Dhummu Dholi from Darbar, Pallello Kalavundi from Yatra, Mriganayana from Gautamiputra Satakarni, Niluvade Madi Niluvade from Sathamanam Bhavati and others.

Courtesy: Times of India

Friday, July 19, 2019

SP Balasubrahmanyam sings a song for Ilayaraja for Tamilarasan

It was Ilaiyaraja’s birthday on the 2nd of June and the 4th June happens to be the birthday of singer S P Balasubrahmanyam. A few years ago, the composer and the singer fell apart due to royalty issues in singing Ilaiyaraja songs wherein the composer had issued a legal notice to the singer when he was on a concert tour in the USA. Since then SPB has not been singing under Raja’s composition. Now the ice has been broken and the two have patched up resulting in SPB singing in Ilaiyaraja’s concert in Chennai on the 2nd of June. Now, he has also sung a lullaby for Ilaiyaraja for the Vijay Antony film Tamilarasan.

Directed by Babu Yogeeswaran, Tamilarasan has Vijay Antony and Remya Nambessan in the lead. Our sources state that SPB has crooned a lullaby or a 'thalaattu' song in the film. They add, “It was a beautiful moment when the duo patched up and to see them work together in the recording studio was an awesome moment. It was also nostalgic for both as they were teaming up after a long time.” The title of the song goes as 'Vaa Vaa En Magane' which is penned by lyricist Pazhani Bharathi.

It also has to be recalled that veteran singer K J Yesudas has also sung a revolutionary number for Raja in Tamilarasan. Yesudas singing for Raja has also happened after almost a decade. It looks like the film Tamilarasan will have many interesting aspects. It is fast getting canned and is expected to be a year-end release. Apart from Vijay Antony and Remya Nambeesan, this film has Suresh Gopi, Radha Ravi, Sonu Sood, Yogi Babu, Sangeetha, Kasthuri, Robo Shankar, Chaya Singh, Kathir, Munishkanth, Madhumitha, YG Mahendran, Srilekha and also director Mohan Raja’s little son Pranav in his debut.


SP Balasubrahmanyam sings for Malayalam music album

Legendary playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyan, 72, has sung for a Malayalam music album after a decade. The album titled "Pranyathen Mazhayaayi", based on the theme of love, was released on Saturday. The lyrics of the album are by K.R.P. Vallikunnam and music by Prasannan. It consists of 10 songs.

Besides Balasubrahmanyam, other singers who have contributed to the album, include M.G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan and Swetha Mohan.

Yet another feature of the album is a song portrayed on the theme of late director P. Padmarajan's last movie "Njan Gandharvan", which was shot in Padmarajan's house.

SPB, as he's fondly called, the singer has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 languages and is also the recipient of six National Awards.

Courtesy: Mid Day

Murali Nada Lahari Award for SPB

The Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna National Award for Artistic Excellence, Murali Nada Lahari, was conferred upon playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam on Friday.

The award was presented as part of the Balamurali Nada Mahotsav 2019 held by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and M. Balamuralikrishna Memorial Trust on Carnatic singer’s birthday.

Mr. Balasubrahmanyam recalled his days with Balamuralikrishna and the latter’s sense of humility. He said that the first time he heard him was when his song Pibare Ramarasam aired on All India Radio. “He considered me as his son. I don’t know why he was so fond of me,” he said.

He said all his music directors are his teachers. “You should be a student always. I even learn from small children,” added Mr. Balasubrahmanyam.

Veteran playback singer P. Susheela appreciated the hard work put forth by Mr. Balasubrahmanyam. “He stole the hearts of everyone with his songs,” she said. Carnatic musician T.V. Gopalakrishnan, film and theatre personality Y.Gee. Mahendra, retired DGP K.V.S Gopalakrishnan and K.N. Ramaswamy, director, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra spoke. K. Krishnakumar and Binni Krishnakumar and their disciples rendered the Balamurali Pancharatnam at the beginning of the programme.

Courtesy: The Hindu

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

ఆ రోజు గులాబ్‌జామ్‌, మసాలా దోశ తిన్నాం!

తన సుమధుర గానంతో సంగీత ప్రియులనే కాకుండా సామాన్య శ్రోతలను సైతం అలరించిన గాన గంధ్వరుడు ఎస్పీ బాలసుబ్రహ్మణ్యం. సంగీతం నేర్చుకోకపోయినా... దాదాపు యాభైవేల పాటల్నిపాడి గిన్నిస్‌ రికార్డు సాధించిన ఘనత ఆయనది. మరి అలాంటి గాయకుడు అందుకున్న తొలి పారితోషికం ఎంతో తెలుసా? మీరు తొలి పారితోషికం అందుకోగానే ఏం చేశారని ఆయనను అడిగితే..!

‘‘శ్రీశ్రీశ్రీ మర్యాద రామన్న’ చిత్రానికి రూ.300 రెమ్యురేషన్‌ ఇచ్చారు. ఆ రోజుల్లో ఘంటసాలగారు 500 రూపాయలు తీసుకునేవారు. మా నాన్న నెలకు 80 రూపాయలు పంపేవారు. నాలుగు నెలలు ఇక నాన్న నుంచి డబ్బులు తీసుకోవాల్సిన అవసరం లేదని అనిపించింది. తెగ ఆనందపడ్డా. నేను నా ఫ్రెండ్‌ మురళి డ్రైవిన్‌ వుడ్‌ల్యాండ్స్‌కి వెళ్లి చక్కగా గులాబ్‌జామూన్‌, మసాలాదోశ తిన్నాం. అది చాలా ప్లాన్‌చేస్తే గానీ వెళ్లగలిగే రోజులు కావు. ఆ రోజున జేమ్స్‌బాండ్‌ సినిమాకు వెళ్లాం. అంతవరకూ ఎనభై నాలుగుపైసల సినిమాకు వెళ్తే ఆ రోజున రూపాయి పావలాకు వెళ్లాం. కోక్‌ తాగాం. వన్‌బైటూ కాఫీ తాగేవాళ్లం. చెరోకప్పు కాఫీ తాగాం. ఆ తరువాత నేను పాడింది కన్నడ పాట. దానికి 150 రూపాయలు రెమ్యూనరేషన్‌. ఇంతేనా అన్నాడు నా ఫ్రెండ్‌. వందరూపాయలు అంటేనే పెద్ద విశేషం. ముందు నాన్నకు తిరిగి డబ్బులు పంపించాలనే ఆలోచన లేదు. తెప్పించుకోకూడదనే ఆలోచన అంతే. తరువాత ఇంటికి డబ్బులు పంపే శక్తి వచ్చిందనుకోండి. అవన్నీ నాకు ఇప్పటికీ గుర్తే. అప్పట్లో పెద్ద పారితోషకం 500 రూపాయలు. చెక్‌ రూపంలో అందుకున్నా’’ అని చెప్పుకొచ్చారు బాల సుబ్రహ్మణ్యం.