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Indian musician

Born: June 4, 1946, Nellore, India

Died: September 25, 2020, MGM Healthcare, Chennai, India

Spouse: Savitri Balasubrahmanyam (m. ?–2020)

Buried: September 26, 2020, Thamaraipakkam, India

Awards: GIMA Award for Best Devotional Album, Padma Shri

Full NameSripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam

Nickname(s)S. P. Balu, S. P. B., Balu [2]The Hindu

Profession(s)Musician, Playback Singer, Music Director, Actor, Dubbing Artist, Film Producer

Famous ForSinging over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages

Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm

in meters- 1.70 m

in feet & inches- 5’ 7”

Eye ColourBrown

Hair ColourDark Brown

Date of Birth4 June 1946 (Tuesday)

BirthplaceNellore, Madras Presidency, British India (Present-day, Andhra Pradesh)

Date of Death25 September 2020 (Friday)

Place of DeathMGM Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Age (at the time of death)74 Years

Death CauseProlonged Illness (Died after recovering from COVID-19) [3]The Hindu

Zodiac signGemini


HometownNellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

College/UniversityJNTU College of Engineering Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

Educational QualificationEngineering (Dropped) [4]The Hindu

EthnicityTelugu [5]Wikipedia

HobbiesSinging, Playing the Guitar

Marital Status (at the time of death)Married


ChildrenSon- S. P. B. Charan (Playback Singer, Film Producer)

Daughter- Pallavi

ParentsFather- S. P. Sambamurthy (Harikatha Artist)

Mother- Sakunthalamma (Died 4 February 2019)

SiblingsHe had two brothers and five sisters; one of his sisters is S. P. Sailaja, singer and actress.

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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was an Indian singer, musician, actor, dubbing artist, and film producer who mainly worked in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam films.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was born in a well-to-do family in Nellore.

Balasubrahmanyam was inclined towards music from a very young age.

While in school, Balasubrahmanyam learned music and studied musical notations.

As a child, Balasubrahmanyam desired to become an engineer and work as a Gazetted officer as one would earn a salary of Rs. 250 and also had the privilege of a Jeep and a driver.

After completing his schooling, Balasubrahmanyam went to JNTU College of Engineering Anantapur in order to become an engineer.

However, he discontinued engineering due to typhoid.

Later, he joined Chennai’s Institution of Engineers as an Associate Member.

Balasubrahmanyam continued learning music in his college days and won several awards at singing competitions.

In 1964, he was awarded the first prize in a music competition for amateur singers, organised by the Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation.

Subsequently, Balasubrahmanyam collaborated with artists like Anirutta (on the harmonium), Ilaiyaraaja (on guitar and later on harmonium), Baskar (on percussion), and Gangai Amaran (on guitar) to form a music troupe.

Balasubrahmanyam was the leader of the troupe.

At the beginning of his career, Balasubrahmanyam visited many music composers and asked them for work.

He sang the song “Nilave Ennidam Nerungadhe” in his first audition.

In December 1966, Balasubrahmanyam bagged his first Telugu film “Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna” as a singer.

He then went on to sing songs in many different Indian languages including Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi.

He worked with many prominent singers like P. Susheela, S. Janaki, Vani Jayaram, and L. R. Eswari during the 1970s.

Balasubrahmanyam gained international recognition in 1980 with the Telugu film “Sankarabharanam.”

Balasubrahmanyam associated with A.R. Rahman during the 90s. He recorded three songs for A. R. Rahman in his debut film “Roja.”

Balasubrahmanyam did playback singing for many popular Bollywood films like “Maine Pyar Kiya” (1989), “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!” (1994), and “Chennai Express” (2013).

He recorded the title song for the film, Chennai Express, singing for the lead actor Shah Rukh Khan.

In addition to singing, he was also a dubbing artist.

He had done voice-overs for many popular artists including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Vishnuvardhan, Salman Khan, K. Bhagyaraj, Mohan, Anil Kapoor, and Girish Karnad.

Balasubrahmanyam was assigned as a default dubbing artist for Kamal Haasan in Telugu-dubbed versions of Tamil films.

He held a Guinness record for singing the highest number of songs, i.e., more than 40,000 songs in his lifetime (in 16 Indian languages).

Balasubrahmanyam also held a record for singing 21 songs in 12 hours for Kannada composer, Upendra Kumar. He had also recorded 19 Tamil songs in a day and 16 Hindi songs in a single day.

Balasubrahmanyam never thought of becoming a singer. However, his parents and sisters motivated him to pursue singing as his career.

Unlike many other singers who restrict their eating habits to keep their voice in check, SP Balasubrahmanyam never followed any such rule. He was once quoted as saying,

I like to eat ice creams a lot and it has never affected my voice.”

He had also played small roles in many films.

In May 2020, Balasubrahmanyam sang a song titled “Bharath Bhoomi.” The song was based on humanity and was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

It was a tribute to people such as police, army, doctors, nurses and janitors who worked hard amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The song was released on Ilaiyaraaja’s official YouTube account on 30 May 2020 in both Tamil and Hindi languages.

Balasubrahmanyam had tested positive for COVID-19 on 5 August 2020 and was subsequently admitted to MGM Healthcare in Chennai.

His health started deteriorating and he was shifted to the intensive care unit in a critical state.

He required a ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support.

On 20 August 2020, the Tamil film industry organised a mass prayer via Zoom; his fans gathered outside the hospital with lighted candles.

On 7 September 2020, Balasubrahmanyam tested negative for the coronavirus.

However, he was still critical and was kept on a ventilator.

On 25 September 2020 at 1:04 PM, Balasubrahmanyam died after being hospitalized for around 50 days.

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