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SP Balasubrahmanyam turns 74 today

SP Balasubrahmanyam is one of the rare singers who has won six National Awards and one for his contribution to over four Indian languages

Remember the song Aate Jaate which ushered us into Maine Pyar Kiya? With that SP Balasubrahmanyam became identified as Salman Khan’s voice in the 90s just like Kishore Kumar became Rajesh Khanna’s voice through the 70s. But much before that, he had made a mark with Ek Duuje Ke Liye.

Interestingly, the composer duo in the film Laxmikant-Pyarelal had first expressed doubts about his ability to sing in Hindi when filmmaker K Balachender told them SP Balasubrahmanyam was supposed to sing for the character played by Kamal Haasan, a Tamilian man in love with a Hindi-speaking woman.

SP Balasubrahmanyam arrives in Hindi playback with Ek Duuje Ke Liye

The singer, who holds a Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs. He started his cinema journey in 1966 and continues to entertain fans to this day. Apart from his unique voice, he has also played a few supporting roles in films and received a lot of love from fans. Today, the special singer is celebrating his 74th birthday, and fans and celebrities are showing wishes over him on social media.

Identified thereafter as the voice of Kamal Haasan, he made heads turn with his numbers for the actor again in Saagar.

SP Balasubrahmanyam in Saagar

SP Balasubrahmanyam holds the record for the highest number of songs in a day. The talented singer has recorded 21 songs in 12 hours for Kannada composer Upendra Kumar. He has also recorded 19 Tamil songs in a day and 16 songs in a day in Hindi. In the song, Mannil Intha for the film Keladi Kanmani, he has sung for continuous lines without pausing for a breath.

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SP Balasubrahmanyam in Saajan

SP Balasubrahmanyam has sung in various industries, including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. His recent song was Chumma Kizhi for Superstar Rajinikanth’s action flick Darbar, which had music directed by Anirudh Ravichander. Apart from singing, SPB has also composed music for various films. His music for the Kollywood film Sigaram is the most famous.

Recently, SP Balasubrahmanyam made the headlines after he crooned a song composed by Ilayaraja to spread awareness for the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. His name was also brought up on social media after he donated his ancestral home to Kanchi Kamakoti math.

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SP Balasubrahmanyam in Pathar Ke Phool

SP Balasubrahmanyam is one of the rare singers who has won six National Awards, and another one for his contribution over four different Indian languages. In Telugu, he has won three times, while in Tamil, Hindi, and Kannada he has won once each. In Tamil, Balasubrahmanyam won the National Award for his excellent rendering of the song Thanga Thamarai in the film Minsara Kanavu.

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Today, fans are flooding Twitter by sharing their favourite song of SPB. Before this, the singer was in headlines after he took part in a fund-raising musical programme, Swaranabhuthi 2020, organised by Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) for its palliative care programme.

Talking during the programme, Balasubrahmanyam called it a ‘Service to God’. Reports suggest that in the past 11 years, the programme has supported more than 2,000 terminally ill patients in Mysuru. It started in 2009 and reportedly, about 400 terminally ill patients who are suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy among others have been treated.

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