Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam laid to rest with full state honours; fans, industry bid teary adieu
From youngsters to senior citizens, people lined up on sides of the highway towards Thiruvallur district at several spots including at the Red Hills junction to pay their last respects.
Fans and celebrities paid their homage to the legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam on Saturday.
SP Balasubrahmanyam was laid to rest with full state honours in Chennai. He died at a Chennai hospital on Friday afternoon. He was 74.
As a mark of respect to Balasubrahmanyam, who has "earned a perpetual place in the hearts of people" not only from Tamil Nadu but across the country, the singer "would be laid to rest" with honours from the police department, the chief minister announced in an official release.
Actor Vijay paid his last respects to the legendary singer as he was seen hugging and speaking to SPB's son Charan.
On Friday evening, SPB was taken to his Red Hills Farmhouse in Thamaraipakkam in the Thiruvallur district in a hearse van, when well-wishers and emotional fans followed the vehicle to bid SPB a final farewell.
Ahead of that, family members paid their last respects to SP Balasubrahmanyam at his Nungambakkam residence.
The renowned singer was admitted to Chennai hospital MGM healthcare for COVID-19 on August 5. The singer tested negative after a few weeks but continued to remain on ventilator.
SPB is survived by his wife Savitri, daughter Pallavi, and son SP Charan, who is a producer and a singer.
SP Balasubrahmanyam sang over 40,000 songs in 16 languages and won six National Awards. He was a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.