How the singer warmed as much as journalists, and typically even sang a number of traces completely for them
July 28, 2006 was a fortunate day for me. My favorite singer SP Balasubrahmanyam was on the town for a live performance and I reached the live performance venue at Perks Faculty grounds in Coimbatore early sufficient, hoping to get an unique interview with him. As anticipated, the occasion organisers turned down my request, however I used to be not going to let go. I sat within the entrance row, mesmerised, as he sang a few of his gems like ‘Sangeetha Megham’, ‘Idhu Oru Ponmalai’ and ‘Kaeladi Kanmani’.
Throughout a break between the songs, I clambered on to the stage and whispered my request to him. SPB promised to fulfill me at his resort after the live performance. He stored his phrase, and greeted me together with his trademark smile and a “Thanks to your endurance.”
That was the beginning of my 40-minute dialog with the legendary singer. “Even at this time, I’ve a thousand butterflies in my abdomen earlier than each track,” he advised me. This was the identical singer who had already received six nationwide awards, was within the Guinness Guide of World Data for having recorded over 36,000 songs, had a profitable innings as a dubbing artiste, was an actor, and a composer. When he handed away, he had had sung about 42,000 songs in over 16 languages.
He spoke of his favourites — the national-award successful, ‘Sankara Nadha Shareera’ from Shankarabharanam and the Ilaiyaraaja composition, ‘Sundari Kannaal’, composed in Mumbai with late music director RD Burman’s orchestra. SPB smiled as he remembered how after the recording, the troupe gave the composer a standing ovation. ‘Kaeladi Kanmani’ from the movie Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal is one among his top-100 favorite songs. He stated it was an ‘extraordinary composition’ of Ilaiyaraaja and described it, “a thesis that may be offered on the Trinity Faculty for learners.”
I made it some extent to be at as many live shows as doable when he was on the town. And each time, the expertise was thrilling and transferring on the identical time as a result of he had such a cheery presence and highly effective efficiency on stage. His banter together with his co-singers, appreciation to the members of the orchestra, and his prepared wit, made the live performance an entire entertainer.
His stage performances largely began with ‘Sangeetha Megam’ from Udhaya Geetham. Throughout a live performance as soon as, a lot to the consternation of the gathering, it started drizzling. SPB simply smiled and warranted the viewers, “It’s His blessings; don’t fear, it should rain solely after 9.30 pm after the present is over.”
There are numerous recollections, however there’s one specific one that’s particular. On the night of my interview with him, SPB’s staff stored urging him to have dinner and relaxation. However he continued talking to me. On the finish, I requested him if he would sing a number of traces for me, and… he did. The melodious ‘Nilavey Vaa’ completely for me.