Indian legend ‘Paadum Nila’ SP Balasubrahmanyam dies aged 74

Lawrence Kim
September 26, 2020

The 74-year-old Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SPB and Balu, was admitted to the MGM Healthcare hospital on August 5. While it was reported that he was stable, on Thursday, his health deteriorated and he was put on maximum life support.

Balasubrahmanyam was first admitted to hospital in the southern city of Chennai (formerly Madras) in early August when he tested positive for Covid-19.

Indian film actor Akshay Kumar mentioned a virtual concert he had hosted featuring Balasubrahmanyam in April during the COVID-19 lockdown in India.

Towards the end of last month, he underwent passive physiotherapy and later "actively participated in physiotherapy" and he was fully awake and responsive during that phase. Also, the team actively collaborated with global experts from reputed centres in the United States and the UK that saw a slew of COVID-19 patients requiring ECMO support.

On Thursday the MGM Healthcare said the singer remains on ECMO and other life support systems.

Balasubrahmanyam became a dubbing artist with K Balachander's film Manmadha Leela, the dubbed Telugu version of the movie Manmatha Leelai.

He was also the highest paid singer in southern India and at times he recorded three songs a day.

The music legend also holds a record for singing 21 songs in 12 hours for Kannada composer Upendra Kumar. In the throwback, Mr Balasubrahmanyam can be seen surrounded by singers from the south music industry, such as Haricharan, Srinivas, Vijay Prakash and Karthik.

SP Balasubrahmanyam worked on around 40, 000 songs in 16 languages. He was also a voice-over artist and has acted in several movies.

Balasubrahmanyam received two of India's top civilian honours, Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011.

His son, SP Charan, addressed the media and said, "My dad breathed his last at 1:04 pm".

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