First song of legendary singer SP Balasubramaniam still rings after 40,000 tracks
As news of South India’s pride SP Balasubramaniam has been doing the rounds, the work of the singer’s 40,000 songs in 16 different languages is being played more than ever before. Asianet Newsable tracks back to the singer's first song
Legendary singer SP Balasubramaniam who continues to battle COVID-19 in Chennai's MGM hospital is known for singing 40,000 songs. But do you know his first song, and also that his second recording was in Kannada only days later?
Emiyee Vinta Moham is the debut song by SPB which he sang along with P Susheela, K Raghuramaiah and PB Sreenivas for the film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna in 1966 which was released in 1967.
Interestingly, eight days after the recording his debut song, he made his Kannada debut with the song "Kanasido Nanasido" from the film Nakkare Ade Swarga, starring Kannada comedy stalwart TR Narasimharaju and Jayanthi.
The stalwart initially wanted to become an engineer and also enrolled in college in the then united Andhra Pradesh, but he discontinued studies after he fell sick. He later started to sing in competitions and won accolades.
Had he not chosen to sing, then the film industry would have been void of an amazing talent like SPB, who has no formal training, but owns every song he sings.
The singer hogged the national limelight after he rendered his voice for Kamal Haasan in Ek Duje Ke Liya and he bagged his second National award for the song Tere Mere Beech Mein. Before the effect of the song could be digested, came Salman Khan's debut Maine Pyar Kiya and his song Dil Deewana Bin Sajna Ke became a smashing hit and earned him another National Award. From then on, for the next decade he became the voice for Salman Khan. Hum Aapke Hain Koun, a family drama in which SPB sang the duet Didi Tere Dewar Deewana, became very popular and the singer continued his dominance in Hindi cinema too.