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Ode to PB Sreenivas Part - 2

IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, April 16, 2013]


PBS was a good friend, and a thorough gentleman. He had the most melodious voice ever. I am extremely fond of "Mayakkama Kalakkama" - his  voice brought alive the emotions in the lyric beautifully. Another evergreen  favourite is "Nilave ennidam nerungathey".  He was such a wonderful person. It is a great loss for us.


He was simply the greatest treasure on earth. Was a wonderful man, no else had such a good nature like him. He never differentiated between the rich and the poor, and always went out of his way to be kind to people. I feel proud and honored to have worked with him. We have lost  the sole legend that we produced, both as an artiste and as a human being.

He was a true pundit. He could read, write, speak and pen poems in 21 languages. When he sang it was as though a peacock feather was gently brushing over your soul. His songs make you wonder, 'Is sugar sweet, or is PBS sweet?' To me, PBS was born to sing the moon songs, and the "Nilave ennidam negungathey" song is agmark PBS. My personal favourite is "Raja raja sri rajan vandhan" from the film "Ooty varai uravu".

The only consolation for all of us at this moment is that he was blessed with a happy, family life, just as his songs made many families happy. We should remember him forever.


Some people mixed up my biography with PBS'  and it has added to the sadness of the situation. You see, like many singers and ordinary Chennaiites alike, I too had interacted with him.  As a person, he was the most humble celebrity I have ever met. I never heard him bad-mouth anybody, and that sweetness of nature came through in his singing, and gave an added dimension of gentles to the emotional content. As a musician he was pitch perfect , and unerring in delivering the correct note. We have not had anyone in south India like him who has been this perfect when it comes to 'note'. My personal favourites are 'Nilave ennidam nerungathey", " Mouname parvaiyal" and 'Mayakkama kalakkama".

He is irreplaceable, and we will all miss him. Always

SUBHASREE THANIKACHALAM, producer of music talent hunt shows :

PBS'  voice  needed  no EQ ( technical term) as he had the gift of natural EQ. Although EQ usually stands for emotional quotient, in music EQ  means technically you manually adjust a recorded voice to give more bass, give treble etc. but his voice has EQ which stands for EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT.

. There will be an awesome range in the lower ranges and still that clarity in higher ranges. Director Sreedhar made maximum use of his emotional appeal in most of his films. Kaadhalikka neramillai had no TMS. Nenjam marapadhillai had no TMS. SUMAITHAANGI had no TMS. Like this,  many of Sreedhars works had only PBS.

The volume of his voice is just the perfect soothing for your ears. Never loud. Never unheard. So for me P B also stands for PERFECTLY BALANCED.


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