S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who died in Chennai on the age of 74 on Friday, was one of many best playback singers of all time in Indian cinema.
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Few singers might rival him in reputation. Fewer have been as versatile. Nonetheless fewer have been as prolific.
He sang over 40,000 songs in several languages in several eras of Indian cinema. The Hindu performs again his best.
Maanguyile poonguyile... (Karakattakkaran)
Ilaiyaraaja and SPB fashioned one of the crucial profitable composer-singer mixtures in cinema. A big share of the largest hits tuned by the maestro have been rendered by SPB. This tune from the delectable rustic Tamil drama, launched in 1989, tells us once more why Ilaiyaraaja had a lot religion in him.
Proper with the background music – an excellent association of percussion and nadaswaram – the music director captures your creativeness. Then the magical voice of SPB takes over.
Not often has the charms of rural Tamil Nadu been captured higher in music. Add the recent, harmless face of Kanaka, in her debut, you get a slice of the nice custom of Indian movie music.
Kaadhal Rojave… (Roja)
The world woke as much as A.R. Rahman’s astounding expertise with this good debut album for director Mani Ratnam. And this tune captures the essence of the stunning, fantastically shot romance.
It is likely one of the best love songs ever in Indian cinema, in any language. SPB introduced out the pangs of separation so fantastically.
Sujatha’s hauntingly scrumptious buzzing was simply the proper prelude for this timeless basic. Rahman’s genius has introduced out the fantastic thing about Raga Kapi so nicely. He would go on to do a number of timeless melodies within the Raga.
Sundari kannal… (Thalapathi)
One other Mani Ratnam basic, which really preceded Roja, additionally had splendid music, by Ilaiyaraaja, who was his collaborator earlier than he found Rahman. Songs like Rakkamma kaiya thattu… and Kattukkuyilu… might have climbed greater up the charts, however this duet by SPB and S. Janaki was the choose.
It’s a melody that by no means fails to sooth you. The gorgeous Shobana and Rajinikanth, who gave one among his career-best performances for Thalapathi, with assistance from Santosh Sivan’s digicam, made the tune a delight to observe, too.
Malare mounama… (Karna)
Vidyasagar is likely one of the most gifted composers of our time. Although he belongs to Andhra and relies in Chennai, it’s in Malayalam he has given his greatest. The form of music gave Malayalam cinema for the final twenty years and a half is astounding.
It’s uncertain if Tamil cinema has used his expertise correctly. This beautiful duet, wherein SPB has the corporate of S. Janaki as soon as once more, is a reminder of that truth. It’s among the many greatest songs of SPB within the latter half of his profession.
Mannil indha kadhal… (Keladi Kanmani)
One other melodious composition from Ilaiyaraaja. This time, SPB did not lip-synch for Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan, however for himself, as he performed the hero within the movie directed by debutant Vasanth.
Omkaara naadaanu… (Sankarabharanam)
4 many years in the past, director Ok. Viswanath made a movie primarily based on classical music and dance and created historical past. Not many might have imagined it could change into such a rage throughout south India.
Its success had stunned even these related to the movie. Its heroin, Manju Bhargavi, as soon as advised me there was hardly anybody within the theatres in Andhra on the day the movie was launched.
The music, composed by Ok.V. Mahadevan, performed an enormous half within the movie’s success. SPB sang all however one of many ten songs. His voice helped Carnatic music – what if he wasn’t a educated musician – attain the lay listener. This tune, set in Raga Sankarabharanam, fetched him the primary of his six Nationwide Awards.
Tere mere beech mein… (Ek Duuje Ke Liye)
Two years after Sankarabharanam received him new followers throughout south India, he moved north and made a splendid debut in Hindi with Ok. Balachander’s romantic tragedy that includes Kamal Haasan. This lovely composition by Laxmikant-Pyarelal received SPB his second Nationwide Award.
It additionally helped him make his voice felt in Bollywood. He would change into so well-liked, he would change into the primary singing voice of Salman Khan.
The record of SPB’s timeless melodies would go on and on, with songs like Thoda thoda… (Indira), Paattu onnu naan… (Pudhu Vasantham), Muthumani malai… (Chinna Gounder), Aracha santhanam… (Chinna Thambi),Kaadhalin deepam… (Thambikku Entha Ooru), Kalyana malai… (Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal), En kaadhale… (Duet), Kappaleri poyachu… (Indian), En veettu thotrathil… (Gentleman), Maanoothuthu
manthaiyile… (Kizhhakku Cheemayile), Pehla pehla pyar hai… (Hum Aapke Hai Koun), Dil deewana… (Maine Pyar Kiya), Bahut pyar karte hai… (Saajan).