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Padmashri Dr. S.P. Balasubramanyam

Background information
Born June 4, 1946 (1946-06-04) (age 63)
Origin Konetammapeta near Nellore
Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres playback singing
Occupations singer, actor, music director, film producer
Years active 1966 – present
Website Official website

Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubramaniyam About this sound pronunciation (Telugu:శ్రీపతి పండితారాధ్యుల బాలసుబ్రహ్మణ్యం, Kannada:ಶ್ರೀಪತಿ ಪಂಡಿತಾರಾಧ್ಯುಲ ಸುಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣ್ಯಂ, Tamil:ஸ்ரீபதி பண்டிதாராத்யுல பாலசுப்பிரமண்ணியம்) (born 04 June 1946) is a prolific Indian multilingual singer, actor and producer. He is also popularly known as S. P. B. and Balu.

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Early life and background

Balasubrahmaniyam was born to S. P. Sambamurthy in Konetammapeta near Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.[1]

Balasubrahmaniyam has a daughter, Pallavi, and a son, S. P. B. Charan.

Career

Balusubrahmaniyam began singing as a hobby during his childhood. He developed an interest in music very early in his life, studied notations and learnt to play instruments such as harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father. His father wanted him to become an engineer; this brought him to Ananthpur, where he enrolled for the Engineering course in JNTU. Later he discontinued the course due to typhoid and then joined as the Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers. Meanwhile, he also pursued his hobby and won awards at many singing competitions. In 1964, he won the first prize in a music competition for amateur singers organised by the Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation, and earned his first opportunity from music director SP Kodandapani.

Balusubrahmaniyam's first break in Hindi films was Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981). Subsequently, he created history[citation needed] by bagging the National Award for his first song in his first Hindi movie.

Band

Before he became a full-fledged cinema singer, Balusubrahmaniyam was the leader of a light music troupe that comprised:

Playback singing

File:SPBalasubrahmaniyam troupe Bangalore 8th Nov 2008.jpg
SPB in Bangalore - 8 November 2008

Balasubrahmaniyam made his debut in film music as a singer on 15 December 1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a film scored by his mentor S. P. Kodandapani. He has sung in more than five different Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi Malayalam and Marathi.

He has performed both the popular and classical music of India. For example, the songs he performed in the films Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, and Rudra Veena were based on Carnatic classical music, and the song "Umandu Ghumandu" in the movie Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi was based on Hindustani classical music.

He hosts many TV shows in Telugu called Paadutha Theeyaga on E-TV, Paadalani Undi on MAA-TV, a Kannada show Ede Thumbi Haaduvenu on E-TV Kannada , Tamil shows Ennodu Paattu Paadungal on JAYA-TV and Vaanampaadi on Kaliagnar TV. He also anchors a music show called Sunada Vinodini in TTD Channel.

He entered The Guinness Book of World Records for recording the most number of songs.[3]

Dubbing career

Balasubrahmanyam has also given voice for various artists.

Awards and honours

Year Award From
2001 Padma Sri President of India K. R. Narayanan
1999 Doctorate Pottisreeramulu University (A.P.) Presented by Governor Rangarajan
2009 Doctorate Sathyabama University (Tamil Nadu) presented on 18 April 2009
2009 Kalaprapoorna (honorary doctorate) Andhra University (A.P.)

National awards

Year Movie Song Language
1996 Minsaara Kanavu "Thanga Thamarai" Tamil
1995 Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai "Umandu Ghumandu Ghana Gar Je Badara" Kannada
1988 Rudraveena "Cheppaalani Undi" Telugu
1983 Saagara Sangamam "Vedam Anuvanuvuna" Telugu
1981 Ek Duje Ke Liye "Tere Mere Beech Mein" Hindi
1979 Shankarabharanam "Om Kaara Nadhaanu" Telugu

State awards

Year Film For From Comments
2005 Pellam Pichhodu Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
2003 Seetayya Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Idigo Rayalaseema Gadda
2002 Vasu Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Padana Tiyyaga kammani oka pata
2000 Raghavayyagari Abbai Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
1997 Priya Ragalu Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Chinna Chiru Chiru Navvula Chinna
1997 Annamayya Best Dubbing Artist Andhra Pradesh Dubbing for Suman
1996 Pavithra Bhandam Best Supporting Actor Andhra Pradesh Father of Venkatesh
1994 Bhairavadweepam Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Sri Thumbura Narada
1993 Mr.Pellaam Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
1992 Bangaaru mama Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
1991 Chanti Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
1989 Neerajanam Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
1987 Abhinandana Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Rangulalo Kalavo
1986 Sirivennela Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Vidhatha Thalapuna
1985 Mayuri Best Music Director Andhra Pradesh
1985 Mayuri Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
1984 Suvarna sundari Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Idi Naa Jeevithalapana
1983 Bahudoorapu baatasaari Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Ekkada Thalupulu
1981 Premaabhishekam Best Singer Andhra Pradesh Agadu Agadu e nimishamu
1979 Shankarabharanam Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
1978 Naalaaga endaro Best Singer Andhra Pradesh
  • The Kalaimamani by Tamil Nadu Government in 1981
  • Tamil Nadu Government Award - received 3 times
  • Film Fans' Association (Madras) Award (oldest association in the country) - received 20 times

Other awards

  • 1 September 2002: Lifetime Achievement Award "Play back King", conferred during TVS Victor Aalaapana Music Awards function for the years 2001 and 2002, at Hyderabad
  • 5 August 2002: "Dr. Bezawada Gopala Reddy Award", given during a function in Nellore
  • 7 April 2002: Delhi Telugu Academy's 'Rashtriya Vikas Shiromani Award (Lifetime)' in 2002 on the occasion of 'Ugadi 2002', held in New Delhi
  • 2002: Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas award
  • 2001: Sangeeta Ganga award
  • 2006: Raja-Lakshmi Award from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai
  • 2006: Best Playback Singer from Vijay TV, Reliance Mobile Vijay awards
  • Mia Tansen Award Sur Singar Sanjad (Bombay) for best classical rendition of a song from Tere Payal Mere Geeth composed by Naushad Sab
  • Innumerable awards from magazines and associations fostering films
  • 2007: Basavashree Award - Karnataka Government [4]
  • 2007: A.P. Cinegoers Association Award for best Singer for Sri Bhagavatham (serial on ETV).
  • 2008: Kannada Rajyothsava Award. Presented on 1 November 2008.
  • 2009: Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by Telugu Association of North America (TANA) in Chicago session.
  • 2007: Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Santhosham awards
  • 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Raagalaya Music Awards (27th February 2010 at Shanmukhanad Hall, Mumbai)

Filmfare Awards

  • Mozhi - 2007 - Tamil - for the song "Kannal Pesum Penne".
  • Sri Ramadasu -2006 -Telugu - for the song "Adigadigo Bhadragiri".
  • Maine Pyar Kiya - 1989 - Hindi - for the song "Dil Deewana".

Filmfare nominations (Hindi films)

Filmography

As actor

Year Movie Name Language Director Producer Role
1969 Pellante Noorella Panta Telugu
1971 Mohammed Bin Tuglaq Tamil Cho Ramaswamy Guest role in a song
1976 Parvathalu Paanakalu Telugu Lead role friend of Parvathalu (Dasari Narayana Rao)
1980 Pakkinti Ammayi Telugu
1982 Baalondu Chadaranga Kannada
1982 Malle Pandiri Telugu Jandhyala Challa Venkatramaiah
1983 Bharat 2000 Kannada
1987 Manadil Urudi Vendum Tamil K. Balachander Kavithalaya Films As a doctor
1988 Prema Telugu
1988 Vivaha Bhojanambu Telugu Jandhyala
1990 Keladi Kanmani Tamil Vasanth A. R. Rangaraj (primary character)
1990 Palai Vanna Ragangal Tamil
1992 Koteswaran Tamil Father of Hero
1992 Thyagu Tamil
1992 Guna Tamil Police Officer
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Tamil Mani Ratnam Lakshmi Narayanan CBI
1994 Jolly Telugu Teacher
1994 Kaadalan/Premikudu/Humse Hain Muqabla Tamil/Telugu Shankar K. T. Kunjumon
1994 Ullasam Tamil J. D & Jerry Amitabh Bachchan As a bus driver - Ajith Kumar's father
1995 Raja Hamsa Telugu As doctor, family friend
1983 Tirugu Bhana Kannada
1996 Drohi Telugu
1996 Kaadal Desam/Prema Desam/Duniya Dilwalon Ki Tamil/Telugu/Hindi Kathir
1996 Minsaara Kanavu Tamil Rajeev Menon Thangadurai
1996 Myna Telugu
1996 Nandini Tamil Guest role
1996 Pavithra Bandham Telugu
1996 Avvai Shanmugi Tamil K.S.Ravikumar Guest role as doctor
1997 Devullu Telugu Lord Vinayaka
1997 Pellivaramandi Telugu
1997 Prena Telugu
1997 Ratchagan Tamil Praveen Kanth LIC Padmanabhan
1997 w/o Vara Prasad Telugu
1998 Bharathan Tamil
1998 Paattu Paadavaa Tamil Hero cum mentally challenged person
1998 Sandhrba Kannada
1999 Aaro Pranam Telugu K Veeru Father of hero (Vineeth)
1999 Dheerga Sumangali Telugu
1999 Mechanic Maavaiah Telugu
1999 Paadutha Theeyaga Telugu Father of heroine
2000 Goppinti Alludu Telugu E.V.V Sathyanarana Balakrishna's father
2000 Manasu Paddanu Kanni Telugu
2000 Maya Tamil
2000 Priyamaanavale Tamil K. Selvabharathi
2001 Chirujallu Telugu Shriram Balaji
2002 Indra Telugu/Hindi B.Gopal Vyjayanthi Movies As Dr. SPB
2002 Padharella Ammayi Telugu
2003 Magic Magic/Chota Jadugar Malayalam/Hindi/Telugu Jose Navodaya As a magician
2003 Fools Telugu Dasari Narayana Rao Guest role
2003 Maha Yedabidangi Kannada
2004 Royela Telugu
2006 Mayabazaar Telugu Mohana Krishna RKK Films Banner As Lord Kubera
2006 Roommates Telugu AVS Visu Films Pvt Ltd As himself
2007 Yen Uyirinum Melana Tamil
April Maadham Tamil
Astram Telugu
Kallu Telugu
Kalyanothasava Kannada Retd. army captain
Malle Pandiri Telugu
Mangalyam Tanthu Naanena Kannada Ravichandran's Father
Muddina Maava Kannada Ramayya
Pedda Manushulu Telugu
Pelladi Chupistha Telugu
2010 Nanayam Tamil Shakthi S.Rajan SPB Charan CEO Viswanath
1990 Sigaram Tamil Kavithalaya Films As a music director
Thalai Vaasal Tamil As a college principal

Television

  • Nadhi Enge Pogiradhu
  • Jannal
  • Vaanam Paadi

As music director

Year Movie Name Language Director Producer/Banner
Thudikkum Karangal Tamil
Unnai Charanadaindhen Tamil
1977 Kanya Kumari Telugu Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao Sarigama Arts
1978 Sandarbha Kannada
1979 Captain Krishna Telugu K.S.R. Das
1979 Ra Ra Krishnayya Telugu
1979 Toorpu Velle Railu Telugu
1980 Hum Paanch (Background Score) Hindi S.K. Films
1981 Ohamma Katha Telugu
1981 Sangeeta Telugu
1981 Thaiyyalkaaran Tamil Kalaipuli International
1983 Uranta Sankranti Telugu
1984 Bharyamani Telugu Srinivasa Productions
1984 Seethamma Pelli Telugu Muddu Art Movies
1985 Bangaru Chilaka Telugu Maheswari Movies
1985 Devaralledane Kannada Chamundi Production
1985 Dongallo Dora Telugu
1985 Jockey Telugu Muddu Art Movies
1985 Kongumudi Telugu Raghavendra Cine Creations
1985 Mayuri Tamil Singitam Srinivasa Rao B.R. Creations in association with ushakiran movies
1985 Mayuri Telugu Singitam Srinivasa Rao Ushakiran Movies
1985 Muddula Manavaralu Telugu Jandhyala Muddu Art Movies
1986 Bete Kannada Vajragiri Films
1986 Maghadeerudu Telugu Shyam Prasad Arts
1986 Naach Mayuri Hindi Lakshmi Productions
1986 Padamati Sandya Ragam Telugu Jandhyala
1986 Sowbhagyalakshmi Kannada Vasu Chitra
1987 Gouthami Telugu Radha Madhava Films
1987 Lawyer Suhasini Telugu Jayakrishna Combines
1987 Pratima Telugu
1987 Ramu Telugu Suresh Productions
1988 Chinnodu Peddodu Telugu Relangi Narasimha Rao Sridevi Movies
1988 Kallu Telugu Mahashakthi Films
1988 Neeku Naaku Pellanta Telugu J.J. Movies
1988 Oh Bharya Katha Telugu Ushakiron Movies
1988 Premayanam Telugu Ushakiron Movies
1988 Ramanna Shyamanna Kannada Vasu Chitra
1989 Vivaaha Bhojanam Telugu J.J. Movies
1990 Siddartha Telugu
1991 Mahayagnam Telugu
1991 Sigaram Tamil Kavithalaya Productions
1992 Belliyappa Banagarappa Kannada
1992 Jaithra Yaatra Telugu Sravanthi Movies
1992 Ksheera Saagara Kannada
1993 Muddina Maava Kannada Vijaya Sridevi Combines

References

  1. ^ C. Narayana Rao (March 13, 2008). "Rice-rich but no major industry". The Hindu. http://www.hindu.com/2004/03/13/stories/2004031304990400.htm. Retrieved 2009 Tollywood. 
  2. ^ Dinathanthi, Nellai Edition, Page 11, 11 August 2006.
  3. ^ "Raja-Lakshmi award for S.P. Balasubrahmanyam". The Hindu. 2006-08-15. http://www.hindu.com/2006/08/15/stories/2006081505050400.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  4. ^ "S.P. Balasubrahmanyam given Basavasri award". The Hindu. 21 April 2007. http://www.hindu.com/2007/04/21/stories/2007042101920300.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 

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