Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, also known and largely credited as SPB or Ballu, was an Indian playback singer, TV Presenter, Music director, dubbing artist and actor.
He was largely based in South India, where his melodiously beautiful voice dominated the Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam industries. He also sang in Hindi and has innumerable Bollywood albums credited to himself.
Throughout his life, he has contributed to the music industry. His ever so melodious voice dominated most of the industries he sang in. He started his career with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a Telugu film which was his debut as a playback singer. He made his Bollywood debut as a playback singer in 1981 in the film Ek Duuje Ke Liye, for which he won a National Film Award for best playback singer male.
In 1989, SPB was the playback singer for Salman Khan’s Maine Pyaar Kiya which measured new heights for him. The movie was a blockbuster and SPB won Filmfare award for best playback singer male. His notable works include the albums of Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kon, and Love.
Throughout the 70s he was identified as the voice of Rajesh Khanna and Salman Khan’s voice throughout the 90s.
SPB’s career spanned for over 50 years in which he sang 40,000+ songs in over 16 different languages. According to some sources, he held the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer.
He passed away due to complications of Covid on 25th September 2020. He was 74. His voice remains timeless and he will live in his voice forever. One of the most beautiful voices of all time, he left us with a legacy that can’t be forgotten.