South Asia mourns SPB's demise

[TamilNet, Friday, 25 September 2020, 22:08 GMT]
The demise of legendary and iconic South Asian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (74), who captivated millions of hearts world over, has left an enormous void in the music world. The singer genius gave more than 40,000 tracks with versatility in sixteen languages, most of them in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam in a span of half a century of musical life. SPB, who was based in Chennai, set the benchmark for pronunciation not only in his mother tongue Telugu but also for singing Tamil playback songs in Tamil Nadu. TamilNet joins the millions of people in paying tribute to the greatest music legend of our times. Artist Pugazhenthi from Tamil Nadu shares with TamilNet his memories of SPB coming forward to sing freedom songs for Eezham Tamils and their liberation movement in 2007.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (04 June 1946 - 25 September 2020)

SPB passed away on Friday after battling prolonged illness following COVID-19 infection. He was admitted to MGM Healthcare in Chennai on August 05 and had been on life support since August 13.

Bala's final rites will be held with state honours in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on Saturday.

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