S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2011
Award for : Arts
Location : Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam is an Indian film playback singer, actor, music director, voice actor and film producer. He is mostly referred to as S. P. B. or Balu. He has won the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs. He won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer six times and the Nandi Awards in Telugu cinema 25 times from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He was born on 4 June 1946 in Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. S.P.Balasubramanyam made his debut as a playback singer on 15 December 1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. In 1969 he recorded his first non- Telugu film Shanthi Niaiyam. SubramanyamÃ¢??s song Aayiram Nilavae Vaa in the Tamil film Aadimai Pen became very famous. In 1981, Subramanyam made his first break in Bollywood with film Ek Duje Ke Liye and won the National Film award for Best Male Playback Singer again. In 1990, he started work with composers like Vidyasagar, M.M.Keeravani, and S.A.Rajkumar but he famous with A. R.Rahman. Balu sang two songs for Rahman in the movie Roja.
Apart from singing and acting career, Balu has composed music for famous movie like Seethamma Pelli, Bangaru Chilaka, Naach Mayuri, Ramanna Shyamanna, Ksherasaagara, Devaralle Dane, Belliyappa Bangarappa. Balu also has opened his production house Kodandapani Film Circuits and produced films like Mayuri, Subha Sankalpam, Bhamane Satya Bhamane. SPB virtually monopolised playback singing for more than 30 years in the Telugu, Kannada and Tamil cinema.His contemporary Dr.K.J.Yesudas monopolised the Malayalam music industry. SPB sang only a few songs in Malayalam. Although Yesudas' voice was regarded more suitable for sad songs in Tamil, SPB also sang some of the evergreen sad songs in Tamil such as 'Naanum unthen uravai','Nenjukkulle'and 'Kuyile pudichu'. He hosts a popular TV show called Paadutha Theeyaga on E-TV, Paadalani Undi on MAA-TV ,Ede Thumbi Haaduvenu on 'E-TV Kannada' and 'Ennodo Paattu Paadungal' on JAYA-TV. He has recorded over 1,40,000 songs in various Indian languages. He has won National Film Awards across four languages as well as a Filmfare Award, five South Filmfare Awards and numerous state awards from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. He is a recipient of civilian awards such as Padmashri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the government of India.