Another Gem lost- S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (S.P.B.) passed away at 74

A great legend who holds a Guinness world record left this world on 25th September 2020. He has achieved a lot in his lifetime.

  “Jiye to jiye kaise bin aapke “ A line from one of S.P.B. song of a Bollywood movie Saajan. It means How should I live without you? Our hearts can feel these lines on the demise of such a great legend. He was an asset for our India whose loss can never be compensated.

Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam also referred to as S. P. Balasubrahmanyam or S. P. B. or Balu contributed towards the film industry as a musician, playback singer, dubbing artist, music director, actor, film producer.  

S.P.B. Early Life:

S.P.B. Early Life

He was born on 4th June in 1946  in Konetammapeta near Nellore Andhra Pradesh. In fact, it was an Orthodox Telugu Brahmin family and he was the second son in his family. His father’s name was S. P. Sambamurthy who was a Harikatha artist.

He took admission in JNTU College of Engineering Anantapur to become an engineer. Meanwhile, the destination has something else for him. He suffered from typhoid due to which he has to discontinue his studies. 

He had developed an interest in music at an early age. Moreover, at the age of 20, he made his first debut as a playback singer on 15th December 1966  with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a Telugu film. Formerly, in the year 1964, a music competition was held. It was hosted by Telugu Cultural Organization in which he won the First Prize. In truth, this competition acted as a booster in his music career that had changed his life.

He sang in 16 different languages in his lifetime. Most prominently worked in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam films.

He was married to Savitri. The ceremony took place at Lord Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy temple. It is located in Simhachalam, Visakhapatnam. Afterward, he became the father of two children. Sripathi Panditharadhyula Charan (S.P.C) is one of his children. Likewise, He has become a playback singer, actor, and producer known for his work mainly in Telugu and Tamil films.


 Guinness World Record: He has sung over 40,000 songs in his lifetime for which he holds a Guinness world record. Certainly, any single language couldn’t bound him. In fact, he sang in 16 different languages.

National Film Award: He won 6 National Film Awards in his lifetime.

Here is the list of them;

  • 1979: Firstly, for the music video named Sankarabharanam he won his first National award
  • 1981: For the film Ek Dujje ke liye
  • 1984: For the film Sagara Sangamam
  • 1989: For the film Rudra Veena
  • 1996: For the film Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara
  • 1997: For the film Minsaara Kanavu

 Film Fare Award: He won 3 Filmfare Awards which includes both North and South Awards. following are listed below:

  • 1990: For the song Dil Deewana Bin Sajna Ke
  • 2008: For the song Kannal Pesum Penne
  • 2007: For the film Sri Ramadasu

Civilian Honour Awards : 

  •    2001: He was honored with PADMA SHRI
  •    2011:Entitled with PADMA BHUSHAN

Nandi Awards : He has won 25 Nandi awards in his life

Other Awards :

  •   1990: He won Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
  •   2016: He won Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year


S.P.B. Death

 On 25th September 2020, we lost a great person from our lives. He died at MGM Healthcare in Chennai at 1:04 pm (IST).

On 5th August he was tested positive for COVID-19. Later, on 7th August 2020, he was tested negative. He died due to cardio-respiratory arrest as he was on maximal life support.

 Even though we have lost him but his songs are always with us to make us feel better.

Author: Kritika Agarwal

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Kritika Agarwal
A young aspiring engineer who's persistently in a hunt for finer components. Interacting with people around through my writings.
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