He was born as Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam into an orthodox Saivite household on June 4, 1946 in Konetammapeta (then in Madras Presidency and now in Andhra Pradesh). He’s the second son in a big household of three sons and 5 daughters. His father S. P. Sambamurthy was a widely known exponent of Harikatha and his sister S.P. Sailaja is a former actress-singer in Telugu.

When he was 21, he fell in love with the daughter of the proprietor of the home he was staying on hire. His dad and mom objected to their union because the lady was of identical “Gothram” (lineage), as this was prohibited in conservative Brahmin households. They eloped and acquired married at Simhachalam, Andhra Pradesh accompanied by Ilaiyaraaja,Bhaskar,Anirutta and Gangai Amaren,who had been his greatest buddies.[1]His spouse’s identify is Savithri. The early days of the couple at Chennai was very tough and difficult. The couple have two kids specifically Pallavi and Charan, who’ve a manufacturing firm named Capital Movie Works. Charan’s voice virtually resembles S.P.B’s voice.
Early days

Balu took to singing as a passion throughout his childhood. He developed an curiosity in music very early in his life, and had studied notations and learnt to play devices similar to harmonium and flute on his personal whereas listening to his father. His father wished that Balu ought to turn into an engineer which introduced him to Ananthpur, the place he enrolled for the AMIE course in JNTU. In the meantime, he additionally pursued his passion and received awards at many singing competitions. From there he had recognized as singer in annual, school capabilities the place he use to sing after which referred and really useful by his buddies for Madras, to sing.

In 1964, a Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation, organised a music competitors for newbie singers. Balu received the primary prize, and that proved a turning level in his life. Music director SP Kodandapani took him beneath his wing. Then provides poured in from Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films.

His band

Earlier than he turned a full fledged cinema singer, Balu was the chief of a lightweight music troupe that comprising

Anirutta, who was working in Company and was the harmonium artist
Ilaiyaraaja who joined the group as Guitarist after which moved over to harmonium after         Anirutta turned busy in his common job
Baskar, Ilaiyaraaja’s brother who was accountable for Percussion
Gangai Amaran one other brother of Ilaiyaraaja who was the Guitarist after Ilaiyaraaja moved   over to Harmonium[2]


Balasubrahmanyam made his debut in movie music as a singer in Dec 15,1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a movie scored by his mentor Kodandapani. He has sung greater than 39,000 songs[3]since in additional than 5 totally different Indian languages together with Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. Nevertheless, he has sung most of his songs in Telugu. He holds the Guinness file for having sung probably the most variety of music recordings by any singer (the file for a feminine singer is held by Lata Mangeshkar).

A gifted singer, he’s extremely regarded for his unimaginable vocal vary, deep wealthy voice, and mastery of fashion, approach and management. These qualities allowed him expression throughout varied genres of Indian music, and he has been extremely wanted by lots of India’s movie music composers. His strategy to singing is methodical; he perseveres to grasp the total that means of the songs that he sings (lots of that are very poetic) and the settings through which these songs are couched to be able to most successfully match their necessities together with his vocal supply.S.P.B., although was very younger, began singing for a lot of totally different language movies. As he turned very busy, at instances he used to sing even 17 songs in 12 hours on the recording theatre. He has additionally sung in Sanskrit and a few regard his pronunciation of this language to be excellent.

He has carried out each the favored and classical music of India. For instance, the songs he carried out within the movies Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Rudra Veena had been based mostly on Carnatic classical music, and the music Umandu Ghumandu within the film Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi was based mostly on Hindustani classical music.

SPB just about monopolised playback singing for greater than 30 years within the Telugu, Kannada and Tamil cinema.His modern Dr.Ok.J.Yesudas monopolised the Malayalam music business. SPB sang just a few songs in Malayalam. Though Yesudas’ voice was regarded extra appropriate for unhappy songs in Tamil, SPB additionally sang a number of the evergreen unhappy songs in Tamil similar to ‘Naanum unthen uravai’,’Nenjukkulle’and ‘Kuyile pudichu’. He hosts a well-liked TV present referred to as Paadutha Theeyaga on E-TV, Paadalani Undi on MAA-TV ,Ede Thumbi Haaduvenu on ‘E-TV Kannada’ and ‘Ennodo Paattu Paadungal’ on JAYA-TV.


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