The veteran singer from South India SP Bala Subramanyam breathed his last today. The much-awaited official confirmation has come with the doctors and family members declaring him as dead.
He has been fighting for life for 41 days in MGM hospital after he was tested positive for Coronavirus on August 5. The body of the Balu will be kept at Satyam Theatre to enable people to pay their respects to the departed soul. Balu’s son Charan announced that the next schedule about last rites would be announced soon.
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam also referred to as SP, SP Balu and Balu, in short, was born on June 4, 1946. He was a multifaceted personality and has played as a musician, playback singer, music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer who worked predominantly in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. He has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages. He holds the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer with over 40,000 songs.
Balu was had garnered six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer for his works in four different languages; Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi; 25 Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for his works towards Telugu cinema, numerous other state awards from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
In addition, he garnered the Filmfare Award and six Filmfare Awards South. In 2012, he received the state NTR National Award for his contributions to Indian cinema. In 2016, He was honoured with the Indian Film Personality of the Year consisting of a Silver Peacock Medal. He is a recipient of civilian awards such as Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the Government of India.