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India's ever youthful singer turns 68

IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, June 04, 2014]

Today is the birthday of the man who has owns India's most lovable voice. Veteran play back singer S.P.Balasubramaniam celebrates his 68th birthday today.

Balasubramanian is fondly addressed as SPB by fans and as Balu by film industry colleagues. SPB recorded his first song in his mother tongue Telugu for the film 'Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna' in 1966. Within eight days after recording his first song he sung his maiden Kannada song for the film 'Nakkara Ade Swarga'. Three years later he recorded his first Tamil song 'Iyarkai Ennum Ilaya Kanni' for Gemini Ganesan in the film titled 'Shanthi Nilayam'. His sang the famous 'Aayiram Nilave vaa' song for the legendary superstar MGR in the film 'Adimaippen'.

The journey continues for the past four decades and SPB has recorded more than 40, 000 songs in almost all Indian languages in which Indian films are being made. He has lent his voice to almost all stars and actors cutting across generations in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries and has worked with a number of Indian music composers including legends like M.S.Viswanathan. Ilaiyaraja, Keeravani, Hamsalekha, A.R.Rahman and many others. He holds the Guinness record for singing most number of songs. He has recorded 21 songs in Kannada for the composer Upendra Kumar in Bangalore from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on February 8, 1981 and 19 songs in Tamil, 16 songs in Hindi in a day which is a notable achievement and a record.

India's ever youthful singer SPB turns 68

Apart from being a successful and most adored singer for more than 45 years, SPB has also been a famed actor, music composer voice artiste and a producer. His acting performances in 'Sigaram', 'Manadhil Urudhi Vendum', 'Thiruda Thiruda', 'Kadhalan' and 'Ullasam' have fancied the audience. He has been the dubbing artiste of Kamal in most of the latter's Telugu films and the makers of Superstar Rajinikanth films make sure that SPB sings the intro song of the actor.  He has also composed chartbuster number for films like 'Sigaram', Rajinikanth starrer 'Thudikkum Karangal' and many Telugu films.

SPB's special features as a singer are the tenderness of his voice, his ability to pull off songs based on Raagas without having a formal training in Carnatic music and the efforst he takes to pronounce the words with perfections in all languages. Apart from being a multi talented celebrity SPB has always been identified as a modest and friendly person.

Indiaglitz takes pride in wishing this legendary singer and a multi talented personality a very happy birthday and pray for his long and healthy life.

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