Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SP Balasubrahmanyam croons a special song for 'Preminchali'

Chennai: Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has crooned a special song for upcoming romantic-drama 'Preminchali', the dubbed Telugu version of recent Tamil release 'Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer'. Producer Suresh Kondeti says the song will be a highlight of the film.

Kondeti, who had bought the dubbing rights of the film, plans to release it by November end or early December.

"The song was originally sung by Yuvan Shankar Raja, but I felt Balasubrahmanyam's voice would do complete justice to it in Telugu. Therefore, I approached him with the request to croon the song. He initially hesitated but after he read the lyrics of the Telugu version, he instantly agreed to sing it," Kondeti told IANS.

The song, 'Jo laali', is penned by lyricist Bhaskarabhatla in Telugu.

"It's an emotional song and the way Balasubrahmanyam has crooned it, it is sure to become the biggest highlight of the film. He was in awe of Bhaskar's lyrics and he personally called to congratulate him before he signed the song," Kondeti added.

The song captures the emotions of a young orphan yearning for mother's love.

'Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer', which was about teen pregnancy, was critically acclaimed, but it didn't make money at the box-office.

The film features Santosh, Manish Yadav, Arjun, Thulasi and Jayaprakash in important roles.

Courtesy: IBN Live

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

SP Balasubrahmanyam's Midhunam to go to Oscars?

The Telugu Film Producers' Council is said to have recommended Telugu films Midhunam and Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara to the Film Federation of India (FFI) as contenders for India's official entry to the Academy Awards for best foreign language film category.

Midhunam, which is about the relationship between an elderly couple, featured only two characters essayed by singer-actor SP Balasubramanyam (of Maha Yedabidangi and Hetthare Hennanne Herabeku fame) and Lakshmi. The final decision to screen the film, however, rests with the FFI. Midhunam, which was directed by Tanikella Bharani, was not a commercially successful film, but earned critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Courtesy: Times of India

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Vocalists and singers join Indian Singers Rights Association

Leading singers announced their affiliation to the Indian Singers Rights Association, the statutory body under the Indian Copyright Act 1957, to secure them their royalty dues.

Addressing media persons following a meeting led by senior industry representatives S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.J. Yesudas, P. Susheela and Vani Jayaram, ISRA Managing DirectorSanjay Tandon said the association will represent the interest of the singers. Under the Copyright law it can charge a maximum of 15 per cent of the royalty for its services with 85 per cent going to the singer.

The details of the royalty to be fixed and the systems and procedures will be announced following the association’s general body meeting to be held on September 5. Royalty can be collected on the original songs played commercially by any media, including ringtones by telephone companies, radio and television channels.

The law covers songs going back 50 years and ISRA estimates this will represent a data base of over a million songs across India going back up to 1963.

Balasubrahmanyam said this is a rightful due to the singers provided by the law and is a new revenue stream that does not infringe on others’ income in the industry. This is a long awaited provision under the Copyright law which was amended last year. It is the responsibility of the industry and the listeners to abide by the law.

Courtesy: The Hindu Business Line

SPB: unplugged, uncut and absolutely loving it!

Chennai: S P Balasubrahmanyam’s earthy voice in Ilaya Nila, from Payanangal Mudivadhillai has given countless music lovers company over long drives, at traffic lights and on lonely nights. The beginning strains of that song, which has won him some of his biggest fans, are enough to send most fans into musical limbo – where the only thing that exists his voice.

Well, musical limbo was what Chennai’s fans experienced during his first unplugged concert over the weekend. With a packed Music Academy and one spotlight, SPB weaved his magic over and over again with a selection of some of his best songs, much to the delight of his fans.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Madras South to confer a Lifetime Achievement Award on the veteran singer, the evening began with strains of his Vaa Nila Nila from Pattina Pravesam. Pianist Anil Srinivasan accompanied him on the piano and the song wound down, they gave the audience something to laugh about with little anecdotes and musical exchanges between the two.

The evening smoothly segued into SPB’s hits like Naan Pesa Vandhen from Paalooti Valartha Kili and En Kadhal Kanmani from Manjal Kungumam. The audience, mostly above the age of 35 but with a good mix of foreigners scattered here and there, lapped up whatever he sang.

It was a quiet sort of excitement with the crowd. There was no screaming, no shouting – except for the odd whistle or two – but a very dignified sort of clapping that conveyed their love of SPB’s singing prowess more than any loud cheering could.

The evening also had two spectacular unplugged segments – one celebrating the singer’ ‘Nila’ moments with songs like Nilavu Thoongum Neram and Nilave Vaa among others.

By this time some of his more popular (and comparatively recent) numbers like Malare Mounama and Minnale Nee Vandhadhenadi had been rolled out and the audience’s appetites was whetted enough to want more. The evening wound down with the second unplugged secgment – a medley of some of his greatest hits like Kamban Emanthaan and Tere Mere Beech Mein.

Courtesy: Indian Express

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mirchi Music Awards South 2012 Gala Evening

Mirchi Music Awards South 2012 were presented amidst glitter and glamour on Friday in Chennai Trade Center, Chennai. The evening was marked by the academy award winning composer AR Rahman received the 'Global Music Icon' award from the hands of iconic singer SP Balasubramanyam, Music director Koti, Star producer D. Suresh Babu etc. The iconic singer SP Balu was awarded 'Sangeetha Samrat' and Veteran singer Jamuna Rani was felicitated with 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

The Mirchi Music Awards South 2012 were then awarded to the chartbusting music talent and Gabbar Singh topped the list with five awards including Best Album Of the year (Jury), Best Album (Listeners choice), Best song (Jury), Best song (Listeners' choice) and Music director (Devi Sri Prasad). SP Balu received Best male singer award for the film 'Sirdi Sai', Chitra, the best female singer award for 'Devasthanam'.

Suresh Babu, Nani Ramana Gogula, Sunitha, Rana and several other prominent celebrities from South Indian Film Industry have graced the occasion.

Courtesy: India Glitz

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Courtesy: Eenadu

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sharukh Khan happy at working with S.P.Balu

Bollywood Baadshah Sharukh Khan's dream of working with legendary singer S.P.Balasubramanyam has finally come true.

S.P.Balu has sung the title song of Sharukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer 'Chennai Express'. 'Bol Bachchan' and 'Golmaal' series director Rohit Shetty is the director of this movie.

It is heard that Sharukh Khan is very happy at the legend singing for his movie, and he has been looking for a long time to work with him. Earlier, there has been a buzz that superstar Mahesh Babu is playing a cameo in this movie, and it has been not yet confirmed.