S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who died in Chennai on the age of 74 on Friday, was as soon as one of many splendid playback singers of all time in Indian cinema.
Few singers may maybe well maybe additionally rival him in recognition. Fewer were as versatile. Composed fewer were as prolific. He sang over 40,000 songs in diverse languages in diverse eras of Indian cinema. The Hindu plays abet his finest.
Maanguyile poonguyile... (Karakattakkaran)
Ilaiyaraaja and SPB formed one of basically the most a success composer-singer combos in cinema. A clear share of the greatest hits tuned by the maestro were rendered by SPB. This song from the delicious rustic Tamil drama, released in 1989, tells us again why Ilaiyaraaja had so powerful religion in him.
Correct with the background song – a very good arrangement of percussion and nadaswaram – the song director captures your creativeness. Then the magical direct of SPB takes over.
Infrequently has the charms of rural Tamil Nadu been captured better in song. Add the new, harmless face of Kanaka, in her debut, you fetch a slash of the good custom of Indian movie song.
Kaadhal Rojave… (Roja)
The sector aroused from sleep to A.R. Rahman’s unbelievable talent with this perfect debut album for director Mani Ratnam. And this song captures the essence of the intellectual, beautifully shot romance.
It is one of many finest admire songs ever in Indian cinema, in any language. SPB brought out the pangs of separation so beautifully.
Sujatha’s hauntingly gorgeous humming was as soon as dazzling the upright prelude for this timeless traditional. Rahman’s genius has brought out the good thing about Raga Kapi so wisely. He would plod on to enact several timeless melodies within the Raga.
Sundari kannal… (Thalapathi)
One other Mani Ratnam traditional, which in actual fact preceded Roja, additionally had horny song, by Ilaiyaraaja, who was as soon as his collaborator sooner than he stumbled on Rahman. Songs fancy Rakkamma kaiya thattu… and Kattukkuyilu… may maybe well maybe additionally impartial maintain climbed higher up the charts, but this duet by SPB and S. Janaki was as soon as the engage.
It is a melody that by no manner fails to sooth you. The handsome Shobana and Rajinikanth, who gave one of his profession-simplest performances for Thalapathi, with the abet of Santosh Sivan’s camera, made the song a pride to leer, too.
Malare mounama… (Karna)
Vidyasagar is one of basically the most proficient composers of our time. Though he belongs to Andhra and relies mostly in Chennai, it’s in Malayalam he has given his simplest. The more or less song gave Malayalam cinema for the final twenty years and a half of is unbelievable.
It is doubtful if Tamil cinema has frail his talent wisely. This handsome duet, wherein SPB has the company of S. Janaki all all over again, is a reminder of that fact. It is among basically the most straightforward songs of SPB within the latter half of of his profession.
Mannil indha kadhal… (Keladi Kanmani)
One other melodious composition from Ilaiyaraaja. This time, SPB did no longer lip-synch for Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan, but for himself, as he played the hero within the movie directed by debutant Vasanth.
Omkaara naadaanu… (Sankarabharanam)
Four decades within the past, director Okay. Viswanath made a movie in line with classical song and dance and created ancient past. Not many may maybe well maybe additionally maintain imagined it would turn out to be the form of rage across south India.
Its success had taken aback even those associated with the movie. Its heroin, Manju Bhargavi, as soon as suggested me there was as soon as infrequently someone within the theatres in Andhra on the day the movie was as soon as released.
The song, peaceful by Okay.V. Mahadevan, played a huge portion within the movie’s success. SPB sang all but one of many ten songs. His direct helped Carnatic song – what if he wasn’t a well informed musician – reach the lay listener. This song, space in Raga Sankarabharanam, fetched him the major of his six National Awards.
Tere mere beech mein… (Ek Duuje Ke Liye)
Two years after Sankarabharanam won him fresh fans across south India, he moved north and made an attractive debut in Hindi with Okay. Balachander’s romantic tragedy featuring Kamal Haasan. This handsome composition by Laxmikant-Pyarelal won SPB his 2d National Award.
It additionally helped him fetch his direct felt in Bollywood. He would turn out to be so smartly-liked, he would turn out to be the principle singing direct of Salman Khan.
The checklist of SPB’s timeless melodies would plod on and on, with songs fancy 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).