SP Balasubrahmanyam, Indian Film Music Legend, Dead at 74

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The beloved playback singer recorded over 40,000 songs and has been sampled by M.I.A. and Madlib

SP Balasubrahmanyam
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, March 2011 (Shekhar Yadav/The India Today Group by way of Getty Images)

Beloved Indian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has died, BBC News and CNN report. He had been hospitalized for COVID-19 in August. According to the reviews, he died of cardio-respiratory arrest. Balasubrahmanyam was 74 years outdated.

Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam was famend for his work as a playback singer, which implies he truly sang the songs that movie actors would lip-sync on display screen. In addition to his prolific output—he’s mentioned to have recorded over 40,000 songs—Balasubrahmanyam was admired for his potential to sing throughout completely different types and languages.

Balasubrahmanyam received a number of National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer. He additionally obtained the civilian honors Padma Shri (in 2001) and Padma Bhushan (in 2011).

M.I.A. sampled SP Balasubrahmanyam’s music on her 2007 Kala opener “Bamboo Banga.” Madlib additionally sampled a music of Balasubrahmanyam’s for “Get It Right,” which featured on the gathering Beat Konducta Vol. 4: Beat Konducta in India.



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