Today is the birth anniversary of Bollywood’s famous playback singer SP Balasubramaniam. He died on August 5 last year at the age of 74 due to Corona. For almost a decade, Balasubramaniam sang more than one song of Salman. He won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for the song Dil Deewana from Maine Pyar Kiya.
At the same time, the song ‘Didi Tera Devar Deewana…’ sung with Lata Mangeshkar in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ is still on the audience’s tongue. Just as Kishore Kumar was once considered to be the voice of Rajesh Khanna, Bala earned a name in Bollywood by becoming the voice of Salman. Let us know some facts of Bala’s life…
Balasubramaniam was born on 4 June 1946 in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. On 15 December 1966, she made her debut as a playback singer in the Telugu film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. SP got international recognition from the 1980 film ‘Sankarabharanam’. He got his first National Award for singing in this film. In 1969, Bala got the opportunity to record his first Tamil song ‘Airkai Ennum Ilaya Kanni’. Tamil superstar Jaimini Ganesan was seen in this film.
After this, Bala got a chance to sing in South Star MGR’s film ‘Iram Nilave Va’ in which Jayalalithaa was also seen in the lead role. But unfortunately Bala got typhoid before recording. This left him extremely disappointed but MGR did not back down. He decided to give a chance to the SP and delayed the shoot till the SP recovered from typhoid. After his recovery, the song was recorded which was shot in Jaipur.
SP has sung around 40,000 songs in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam in a singing career spanning 50 years. For Kannada composer Upendra Kumar, the SP sang 21 songs in 12 hours. For this reason, his name is also recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. At one point of time, SP used to record 16-17 songs in a day in many languages. Sometimes he used to sing songs continuously for 17 hours.
Balasubramaniam first worked with AR Rahman in Roja in 1992. Bala sang songs for all three versions of the film. After that both of them worked together for many films. Along with being a singer, Bala has also worked as a music director in more than 40 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi languages.
When Bala had become Salman’s voice on the silver screen in the 90s, he took a break from his singing career as he wanted to try his hand at full time acting. After this, he acted in about 72 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. After a singing break of 15 years, Bala sang the title track of Chennai Express which was picturized on Shah Rukh Khan in 2013 as a singer. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan Award in 2011.