45 years of SP Balu’s magic
Published on Dec 15, 2011 8:33 am IST

On this day, 45 years ago, a magical voice that has no equal began to sing for the Telugu Film Industry. That voice belongs to S.P.Balasubrahmanyam and the movie was ‘Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna’. Music for this song was composed by S.P.Kodandapani and Balu received an amount of 300Rs as his fee. There has been no looking back ever since.

They say music has the power to heal and inspire. Listening to S.P.Balasubrahmanyam’s melodious voice reaffirms this fact. Whether it is a naughty duet or a sad solo song or a devotional keerthana, Balu breathes life into every song he sings. A unique aspect of S.P.Balasubrahmanyam’s performance is his ability to mimic and alter his style to match the hero’s own tone. That rare quality ensured that he was the first choice for everyone from NTR and ANR to Allu Ramalingayya and Brahmanandam.

Balu has sung over 40,000 songs and he has won the Nandi Award 25 times from the State Government. He is also a six time National Award winner.The Government of India decorated him with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2011.

There is perhaps no other male playback singer in this generation who can match Balasubrahmanyam for sheer vocal magic. His clarity of pronunciation and technical excellence are beyond the reach of the present crop of singers. salutes this ‘Gana Gandharva’ on this landmark moment

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