S.P. Balasubramaniam

S P Balasubramaniam is not just a cine playback singer. The ‘Paadum Nila’ is an expert in Carnatic music too. Balasubrahmanyam began singing as a hobby during his childhood. He developed an interest in music very early in his life, studied notations and learned to play instruments such as harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father S P Sambamurthy, who is a great musician. Making his debut in 1966 (‘Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna’) as a singer for music director and mentor Kodandapani, SPB has sung over 35,000 songs and holds the world record for the most number of songs rendered by a playback singer. Much loved by everyone in the film industry, His singing performance in the many-award-winning “Shankarabaranam” (Telugu 1979) won him the coveted Indian government award as the best singer of the year. He was awarded 'Padmashri' by Indian government in 2001.

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